Saturday, April 2, 2022
22-23 “The servant with the two thousand showed how he also had doubled his master’s investment. His master commended him: ‘Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.’
24-25 “The servant given one thousand said, ‘Master, I know you have high standards and hate careless ways, that you demand the best and make no allowances for error. I was afraid I might disappoint you, so I found a good hiding place and secured your money. Here it is, safe and sound down to the last cent.’
26-27 “The master was furious. ‘That’s a terrible way to live! It’s criminal to live cautiously like that! If you knew I was after the best, why did you do less than the least? The least you could have done would have been to invest the sum with the bankers, where at least I would have gotten a little interest.
28-30 “‘Take the thousand and give it to the one who risked the most. And get rid of this “play-it-safe” who won’t go out on a limb. Throw him out into utter darkness.’
-Matthew 25:22-30 The Message
Verse 22: And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’
Verse 23: His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’
Verse 24: He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed,
Verse 25: so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’
Verse 26: But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed?
Verse 27: Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming, I should have received what was my own with interest.
Verse 28: So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents.
Verse 29: For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
Verse 30: And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place, there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
Verses 24-30 studies: The last man in this parable is selfish, only thinking of himself. He wanted to play it safe and protect himself from the head man, but he was judged for his selfish attitude. We shouldn’t make excuses to avoid doing what God calls us to do. If God is front and center in your life, we should obey willingly. Our time, abilities, and money are not ours in the first place. We are caretakers, not owners. When we ignore, squander or abuse what we are given, we are rebelling and deserve to be in trouble for our actions.
Verses 29-30 studies: This parable also describes the consequences of two attitudes to Christ’s return. A person who invests diligently prepares for it by dedicating time and talent to serving God. A person with no heart for the kingdom’s work will be in trouble. God rewards faithfulness. Those who don’t bear fruit for God’s kingdom can’t expect to be treated the same as those who are faithful.