Parable of the talents

Parable of the talents

Another parable follows the parable of the ten virgins, which also calls us to be vigilant in our service to the Lord. The entire Matthew 25th chapter is devoted to this important topic. The third parable is the parable of talents. Let’s read from the end of the parable of the ten virgins.

Matthew 25:13-15 American Standard Version

Watch therefore, for ye know not the day nor the hour. For it is as when a man, going into another country, called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one; to each according to his several ability; and he went on his journey.

The word “for”, which I have highlighted in bold, is the link between the parables of talents and the ten virgins, which continues the theme of our watchfulness, because we do not know the day or the hour of the coming of our Lord. Jesus tells of a master who distributed a different amount of talents to his servants, “to each according to his strength.”

Each minister of God is given gifts and talents that should be used according to His plan. These are His talents and they are distributed at His discretion. Each servant received a different amount of gifts and talents. One received five talents, the other two, and the other one. The determining factor in how talents should be distributed is the individual ability of each minister to increase the talents received. We read how the servants of the master used the talents entrusted to them.

Matthew 25:16-18 American Standard Version (ASV)

Straightway he that received the five talents went and traded with them, and made other five talents.  In like manner he also that received the two gained other two. But he that received the one went away and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.

The first two servants did what was expected of them with the talents: they went and multiplied their trust. However, the third servant went and buried the talent entrusted to him. Notice that he did not waste the silver of his master. He did not lose it. He just did nothing with it. In other words, he did not bear fruit for his master. Let’s look at the reaction of the master.

Matthew 25:19-30 American Standard Version (ASV)

Now after a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and maketh a reckoning with them.  And he that received the five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: lo, I have gained other five talents.  His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will set thee over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy lord.  And he also that received the two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: lo, I have gained other two talents.  His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will set thee over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy lord.  And he also that had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou didst not sow, and gathering where thou didst not scatter;  and I was afraid, and went away and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, thou hast thine own.  But 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 did not scatter;  thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the bankers, and at my coming I should have received back mine own with interest.  Take ye away therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him that hath the ten talents.  For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not, even that which he hath shall be taken away.  And cast ye out the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness: there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.

The first two servants were rewarded for multiplying the property of their master. Master called the third servant crafty and lazy. This servant did nothing. He did no harm, but he did nothing good. He was useless. What was the end of the “unprofitable” servant? The last verse of the parable says: “And cast ye out the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness: there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.”

Recently, I watched a children’s cartoon based on this parable. Its creators decided to change the storyline regarding the fate of the third servant. Therefore, instead of the master’s words to the lazy servant, the other two slaves shared with the lazy servant what they themselves had earned, so that in the end “everyone was happy.” Obviously, not everyone finds it comfortable to hear the words of Jesus Christ. Therefore, they decided to change them.

We will not follow their example. Let us respond to the call for vigilance in this parable.

It is God’s will that we bear fruit, even though we can make mistakes and sometimes experience loss in our walk with God.

This is our responsibility, as a Christian, and not an offer or a choice: if a person wants to do this, then let him do it, and if he/she has no desire to do it, then there is no need to do this. He will only miss a few rewards, but everything is in order, because he once believed the Word of God, and this is enough for the Kingdom of God. This is not a completely correct point of view regarding eternity. The Word of God, on the contrary, calls us to do God’s will, regardless of our mistakes and failures, and not just hear Him. Jacob tells us:

James 1:22-25 American Standard Version (ASV)

 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deluding your own selves. For if any one is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a mirror:  for he beholdeth himself, and goeth away, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.  But he that looketh into the perfect law, thelaw of liberty, and so continueth, being not a hearer that forgetteth but a doer that worketh, this man shall be blessed in his doing.

In Matthew 7: 21-27 The Lord directly says:

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy by thy name, and by thy name cast out demons, and by thy name do many mighty works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Every one therefore that heareth these words of mine, and doeth them, shall be likened unto a wise man, who built his house upon the rock:  and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon the rock. And every one that heareth these words of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand:  and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and smote upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall thereof.

Not everyone who says to me: “Lord! Lord! ”Will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in heaven.” Isn’t it blunt enough? I repeat, this does not mean that we are impeccable in our walk with God. This means that with patience: we run the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith, (Hebrews 12:1-2 American Standard Version).

Following Jesus, we try to fulfill God’s will and, thus, bring forth the desired fruit. By the power of Christ we can do this, despite all our mistakes.

Five talents were destined for someone, two for someone. The master did not condemn the one who was given two talents for the fact that he acquired only two similar talents, and not five new ones, for example. On the contrary, the master praised him because he brought forth the fruit according to what was entrusted to him. However, he who did not bear any fruit was convicted. He, instead of serving the master, served other masters (we always serve someone).

His actions entailed grave consequences:

And cast ye out the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness: there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 25:30)

Source: http://www.bibletruths.ru/%D0%9F%D1%80%D0%B8%D1%82%D1%87%D0%B0-%D0%BE-%D1%82%D0%B0%D0%BB%D0%B0%D0%BD%D1%82%D0%B0%D1%85.htm

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