Context: The author, perhaps Luke, Paul's physician friend, or possibly an unknown author, relates the life of Christ. As Jesus journeys from Galilee to Jerusalem, He crosses the Jordan River at Jericho. Zaccheus, a rich publican of small stature, climbs a sycamore tree along the way so he can see Jesus. Jesus notices Zaccheus, who repents immediately in the presence of the Master, and says that salvation is come to his house that day. Since the people following Him misunderstand and expect the Kingdom of Heaven to come at once, Jesus tells them a parable to help them understand His kingdom. A nobleman before leaving on a journey, entrusts each of his servants with a certain amount of money, a pound. On returning he finds that one servant has made ten pounds, another five, and another has hidden his money and earned nothing. The nobleman is angry with the servant:
And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow:
Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?