He that has is given more; he that has not from him what he has is taken!
Mark 4:25 -
For he that has, to him shall be given: and he that has not, from him shall be taken even that which he has.
This scripture is quiet surprising and to normal man it would seem illogical.
A person who has is given more and a person who does not have from him what he has is taken. If he has not then what is taken? If he has then why he has not?
It is only when we get into the grammar of this sentence would one understand.
There are 3 'has' and what we need to study is the grammatical property - TVM (Tense, Voice, Mood) of these words.
Mark 4:25 - For he that has, to him shall be given: and he that has not, from him shall be taken even that which he has.
The TVM of first has (to whom is given) is Present, Active, Subjunctive
The TVM of second has (who has not) is Present, Active, Indicative
The TVM of third has (which is taken from the 2nd has) is Present, Active, Indicative
In the TVM we see that the difference is in the Mood.
Definitions of the Mood:-
Mood - Subjunctive
The subjunctive mood is the mood of possibility and potentiality. The action described may or may not occur, depending upon circumstances. Conditional sentences of the third class ("ean" + the subjunctive) are all of this type, as well as many commands following conditional purpose clauses, such as those beginning with "hina."
Mood - Indicative
The indicative mood is a simple statement of fact. If an action really occurs or has occurred or will occur, it will be rendered in the indicative mood.
This thing that the person has which we are talking of is the knowledge and understanding or revelation of the Kingdom of God. This scripture is continual to the previous statement which Jesus made warning as what one receive through one's ears. A person who receives the Knowledge of the Kingdom of Heaven, more will be given unto him.
So what we see is that the first person does not know for sure if he has or not or the quantity or what he has but yet he tries to use whatever he has, such a person the Lord says is given more.
The second person thinks he does not have or have sufficient so he does not use it and such a person the Lord says would be put into more confusion for that which he has would be taken away.
God has given each and every one who He has called His children the required understanding to know Him and to grow in that understanding. It is only when we use what we received, then only would we be given more and more. Thus just hearing the Word of God and not using it will not help you but may land you in more confusion.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You speak to your people through your Word and through your people. As your Spirit reveals the Word unto us help us Lord to use It in so that we receive more of your Kingdom. Give us more and more boldness to stand on your Word and wisdom to use It effectively...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scripture ]
24 And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear [listen] shall more be given.
14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.
19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
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