Come! Share Your Master’s Joy!

The Parable“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » of the 5-2-1 Talents

(MatthewA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » 25:14-30)

By Rev. Dr. Sergio E. ArevaloThe Legend of Arevalo. Read more ... », Jr.

November 16, 2014 (23rd Sunday after Pentecost613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... »)

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Introduction

If you are going abroad, and you don’t knowHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » when are you coming“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » back, will you entrust“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... » big amount of money to your subordinates? That’s what the master did in our passage today.

The master was going abroad so he called his servantsWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » and entrusted them his talents based on their abilities (Mt.25:14).

What was this talent? The talent (Latin: talentum, from Ancient Greek“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... »: τάλαντον, talanton “scale, balance, sum”) was one of several ancient units of mass, a commercial weight, as wellJesus’ Strategy of Evangelism. Read more ... » as corresponding units of value equivalent to these masses of a precious metal (Wikipedia.comThree Important Roles of Christ’s Disciples. Read more ... »).

Thayer’s Greek says that a talent of silver in IsraelA Caregiver Wows Israel's X Factor; UK Wows For This Pinoy. Read more ... » weighed about 100 pounds (45 kg) or a talent of gold in Israel weighed about 200 pounds (91 kg).

Goldpriceoz.com’s price of gold as of Nov. 15, 2014 is $38,211.16/kilo. So let us compute:  (1) $38,211.16/kilo x 91 kg = $3,477,215.56 x 5 talents= $17,386,077.80; (2) $38211.16/kl x 91 kg=$3,477,215.56 x 2 talents= $6,954,431.12; (3) $ 38211.16/kl x 91 kg=$3,477,215.56 x 1 talent=$3,477,215.56.

 I. The Master Entrusts 5-2-1 Talents to His Servantsyour-talent-is-gods-gift-to-you_what-you-do-with-it-is-your-gift-back-to-god

Matthew 25The Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... »:15 says that the master gave unto one five (5) talents, to another two (2) , to another one (1) ; to each according to his several ability; and he went on his journey.

We can see in this verse that the master knew his servants. He knew their abilities. Based on their abilities he entrusted his money to them. As we computed the talents they were not small money. One talent could supportJesus Prays for Glory and His Disciples’ Protection. Read more ... » even 7 families for lifeCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... ».

 II. The Two Servants Use Wisely the Entrusted Talents

The two servants used wisely the money of their master and they doubled the value of the talents (Mt.25:16-17). The parable does not tell how they double their money, but we can get a hint in verse 27. The verse mentions about “bankers.” Banker, τραπεζίτης (trapezitēs), broker, or money changer, one who exchanges money for a fee, and pays interest on deposits (Thayer’s Greek Definition). Thus, we might conclude that the servants were engaged in money changing.

 III. The Last ServantThree Important Teachings of Jesus. Read more ... » Hides the Entrusted Talent

Mat 25:18-19 says, “But the one who received one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground, and buried his master’s money. After a long timeHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them.”

You might wonder why this servant did not do his job, the master knew that he could do the job, but why he buried his master’s money?

Matthew 25:24-27 says, “Then the one who had received one talent came forward and said, ‘Master, I knew that you were a hard man“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... », harvesting where you haven’t planted and gathering where you haven’t scattered any seed. Being afraid, I went off and hid your talent in the ground. Here, take what is yours!’ His master answered him, ‘You evilThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... » and lazy servant! So you knew that I harvested where I haven’t planted and gathered where I haven’t scattered any seed? Then you should have invested my money with the bankers. When I returned, I would have received my money back with interest.’”

We might say, the servant used a common excuse against his master. Popular Commentary says that it is “a common excuse: the master is hard and selfish. In the parable, and in reality, the excuse is inconsistent and selfJesus is Missing!. Read more ... »-convicting.”parabletalents2

 IV. The Accounting of the Entrusted Talents

After many years the master of those servants returned, and settled accounts with them.

The first servant who had 5 talents reported that the capital was intact with 100 percent income (v.20).

His master told him, ‘Well done, goodThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » and trustworthy servant! Since you have been trustworthy with a small amount, I will put you in charge of a large amount. ComeFollow Me: The Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... » and share your master’s joy!’ (Mt. 25:21).

The second servant who had 2 talents reported that the capital was intact with 100 percent income (22).

The master was happy and he said, “Well done, good and trustworthy servant! Since you have been trustworthy with a small amount, I will put you in charge of a large amount. Come and share your master’s joy!” (v.23).

The third servant returned the one talent, and argued, “Master, I knew that you were a hard man, harvesting where you haven’t planted and gathering where you haven’t scattered any seed. Being afraid, I went off and hid your talent in the ground. Here, take what is yours!’ (vv.24-25).

Of course"How to Use Church Web Effectively for God's Ministry?". Read more ... », the master was mad at that time. So he said, “You evil and lazy servant! So you knew that I harvested where I haven’t planted and gathered where I haven’t scattered any seed? Then you should have invested my money with the bankers. When I returned, I would have received my money back with interest.’ Then the master said, ‘Take the talent from him and giveThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » it to the man who has the ten talents, because to everyone who has something, more will be given, and he will have more than enough. But from the person who has nothingThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... », even what he has will be taken away from him. Throw this useless servant into the darkness outside! In that placePeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth'” (vv. 26-30).

This parable is an introduction of JesusI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... »’ teaching on the future judgmentThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... ». Matthew 25: 31-32 says, “When the SonThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... » of Man comes in his gloryThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... » and all the angelsThe Man with Unclean Lips Sends by the King of the Armies. Read more ... » are with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be assembled in front of him, and he will cull them out, one from another, like a shepherdThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » separates sheepThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » from goatsThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... ».”

Conclusion

If we will combine the lessons in today’s passage (Mt. 25:14-30) with the succeeding passages (vv.31-32), we might deduce that the LordIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... » is challenging us to use our talents or gifts. When we received Jesus as Lord and SaviorIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... » and when he baptized us with his spiritProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... », we received his gifts of the spirits (I Cor. 12).

I CorinthiansThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » 12:4-7 says, “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit, and there are varieties of ministries, but the same Lord. There are varieties of results, but it is the same GodIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... » who produces all the results in everyone. To each person has been given the ability to manifest the Spirit for the common good.”

All of us has granted gifts and the Lord expects us to be fruitful in using our gifts. When we use them in the churchProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » services, spiritual gifts will give us interdependence or let say symbiotic relationshipHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... ».

Long time ago there were two students graduated from the Chicago-Kent College of Law613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... ». The highest ranking student in the class was a blind“I was Blind, Now I See”. Read more ... » man named Mr. Overton.comeshareyourmastersjoy1

When he received his honor, he insisted that half the credit should go to his friendLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... », Kaspryzak. They had met one another in schoolWesley Divinity School is Remembered. Read more ... » when the armless Mr. Kaspryzak had guided the blind Mr. Overton down a flight of stairs.

This acquaintance ripened into friendship and a beautiful example of interdependence. The blind man“I was Blind, Now I See”. Read more ... » carried the books which the armless man read aloud in their common study, and thus the individual deficiency of each was compensated for by the other. After their graduation, they practiced law together (sermonillustrations.comThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... »).

We have our own weaknesses, but if we church people will exercise the God-given talents, we might develop a symbiosis inside the church. In that case, we will not criticize the weaknesses of our brethren but instead we will try to use our talents to help others. Then we might become fruitful, and the Lord will be happy with us, and someday the Lord will say, “Come and share your master’s joy!”

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