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Ten Talents - Matt. 25:14-15
Lesson # Ten Talents - Matt. 25:14-15
Study Material - Ten Talents - Matt. 25:14-15
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Ten Talents Matt. 25:14-15 14 For [gar] the kingdom of heaven is as [hosper] a man [anthropos] traveling into a far country [apodemeo] , who called [kaleo] his own [idios] servants [doulos] , and [kai] delivered [paradidomi] unto them [autos] his [autos] goods [huparchonta] . 15 And [kai] unto one [hos] [men] he gave [didomi] five [pente] talents [talanton] , [de] to another [hos] two [duo] , and [de] to another [hos] one [heis] ; to every man [hekastos] according [kata] to his several [idios] ability [dunamis] ; and [kai] straightway [eutheos] took his journey [apodemeo] . KJV-Interlinear 14 'For it is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves, and entrusted his possessions to them. 15 'And to one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey. NASB
Well, we all survived the campaign and the election, so now we continue with our Daily Bible Study, because no matter what the world does, we have our priorities straight and we have a goal for our individual lives.
Jesus has given us several parables which teach the extreme importance and risks related to indifference, and non-preparation.
The scriptures, even writings outside the Bible, point to mans placing himself in jeopardy of great loss if man dose not get with a program of spiritual growth. We have read a poem inspired by the scriptures, and today yet another line of poetry of old:
'For all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: 'It might have been!''
Those will be the legacy of any and all who ignore the Word of God. Solomon wrote, 'Cast your bread on the surface of the waters, for you will find it after many days,' ... 'Sow your seed in the morning and do not be idle in the evening, for you do not know whether morning or evening sowing will succeed, or whether both of them alike will be good' Ecc. 11:1,6.
'He who gathers in summer is a son who acts wisely, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who acts shamefully' Prov. 10:5.
David, wrote, 'As for me, my prayer is to Thee, O Lord, at an acceptable time' Psa. 69:13. And in another Psalm, 'Come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand. Today, if you would hear His voice, do not harden your hearts' Psa. 95:6-8.
Isaiah wrote, 'Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near' Isa. 55:6. And Jeremiah, 'even the stork in the sky knows her seasons; and the turtledove and the swift and the thrush observe the time of their migration; but My people do not know the ordinance of the Lord' Jere. 8:7; cf. Heb. 3:7-8.
We have studied on many occasions that God has given each one of us three assets with which we are to invest during our life. Those three being, time - the span of our life here on earth, volition - the power to decide for ourselves, and doctrine - Gods Word to its fullest extent which is the truth concerning all of reality.
Now we have another parable teaching the principle of responsibility. That no man is placed here on earth with the total freedom to be irresponsible. We seem to do that by choice however.
Authority is one of the key issues in this parable. Jesus Christ is the ultimate authority. We can either recognize it and accept it (total obedience to His Word) or ignore it and reject it (any form of disobedience to His Word). We can obviously do this in degrees by some form of part time spiritual life, but this too is only a fools path and ends up in loss of great blessing.
God has set up many stages of authority within mankind. The volition is the master of the soul. The husband is the master of the marriage. The parents are the masters of the family. The police officer on the street, the judge on the bench, the president of the nation, the traffic light, and so forth. We have many masters which we have to recognize.
Many of us pick and choose those which we will be obedient to, those which we will merely tolerate, and those which we will ignore. God did not leave us with these options, but He did leave us with volition to allow us the freedom from coercion and the freedom of choice regardless if we make the right choices or not.
God also gives us all the pertinent information to help us make the right choices. We have no excuses at the end of the day. Our choices come down to either our obedience or disregard to truth.
The Master went away on a long trip and left His assets to His slaves. Again the Master is Jesus Christ. These slaves are His most trusted slaves - humanity. That is you and me.
To some He gives much. To others He gives less. And to still others He entrusts very small portions to deal with during their life. The amounts are irrelevant. The investment is the principle issue in this parable. But before one can make an investment he has to want to make it, and then pursue it in order to produce any form of profit.
In the parable of the Ten Virgins, the principle of patience and preparation is in view. Though nothing seems to happen, we still have to be prepared while being patient. Now we are taught, that while being patient, we cannot become idle and complacent in our spiritual life. Jas. 2:26, 'Faith without works is dead.' Works, is your application of the principles of doctrine you learn, to your daily life.
What are works? Things that we do from day to day? No. The efforts of mankind are excluded from the plan of God. This we have studied many times. Then what are these works. In the preceding verses it is explained and described in Abraham's obedience to offering up Isaac when commanded to. Do we offer up folks close to us? No. We humble ourselves to obedience to Gods Will. What is that? To study, to grow up spiritually, to apply Gods principles to our daily life. Thus anything you do while in fellowship, then comprises your spiritual works.
Too many people ignore their responsibilities. God gives us increasingly greater pressures from time to time to teach us that we are not in charge. Some folks learn this early in life. Many remain stubborn and just never get it - to their misery and loss.
The slaves were given five, two, and one talents of wealth respectively. I know. That only adds up to eight, but the parable is given the name of 'ten' talents from verse 28. Anyway, we have already studied the parable of the ten minas. A single mina is equivalent to 100 days pay for common work. A single days wage is equivalent to one denarii.
In that prior parable we saw that the slaves were given approximately three months pay to have, to invest, to support themselves with, and to return the profits to the master upon His return. Three months pay is not much to live on, but when you consider that we are talking about Bible doctrine, then that three months pay expands into phenomenal wealth.
A single talent on the other hand is equivalent to 60 minas, or 6,000 days pay, or a little over 16 years wages. Now if you were given 16 years wages all at one time, then that would be a considerable sum. So the first slave was given five talents, the second slave was given two talents, and the third slave was given a single talent. All three have been given considerable wealth, in its raw form. Bible doctrine is something of considerable worth which never diminishes, never fades in value. When it is invested, then the returns become infinite.
Now where can you get a deal like that in this world?
So now we have been given assets from God in varying amounts and the command to invest them. What do we do?
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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