Bible Pathways - October 11, 2005
Read Matthew 26
Parables; plot to kill Jesus; Jesus anointed; Lord's Supper; Jesus' agony and prayer; Judas' betrayal; Jesus' trial; Peter's denial
Jesus presented Himself in a parable by saying: The
The servant who received five talents (a very large amount of money), recognized that what he had received belonged to his master. Upon his lord's return he said: Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more (25:20).
And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two (25:17). He was not expected to gain five since he had been given according to his own ability. Both faithfully doubled their talents (money) and both were equally commended.
The third servant who had received one talent put forth no effort for his master. Instead, he went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's (master's) money (25:18). His attempt to "bury" his opportunities to serve his master was inexcusable, like some today who say they are Christians — even prominent members of the Church, but then say: "I'm too busy now to teach a class or assume other responsibilities. I'll serve the Lord at some more convenient time or after I retire." Yet, they show great diligence working in the secular world
In our Lord's parable, the consequences of neglecting the opportunities by the unprofitable servant to serve his master were irreversible; there was no second chance to relive his life. The master declared: Cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 25:30; compare 8:12; 22:13; 24:51). He was actually a servant in name only.
We can choose to ignore our opportunities to serve the Lord, but, without an exception, every one of us shall give account of himself to God (Romans 14:12). Know ye not that your body is the
25:27 exchangers = moneylenders; 25:27 usury = interest on money lent; 26:15 covenanted = agreed on; 26:47 staves = clubs; 26:63 I adjure thee = I charge you under oath before God.
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Memory Verse for the Week: Hebrews 3:12