And I will lay the dead carcasses of the children of Israel before their idols; and I will scatter your bones round about your altars.
And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
595 B.C. 70 A.D.
These verses it seems to me are a commentary on the history of the people of Israel from their inception as God’s redeemed from Egypt right up until the second coming. They were highly privileged people to whom were committed the oracles of God but in their rebellious idolatry they brought upon themselves severe chastisement and calamity including the destruction of Jerusalem and the Babylonian captivity and culminating in the destruction of the city and it’s temple again in 70 A.D. We New Testament Christians are similarly highly privileged to be God’s covenant people-much is required of us principally that we set our affections on things above NOT on things on the earth!