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The Parable of Talents and Minas I

Jul 01, 2017 04:51 AM EDT

Matthew 25:14 "Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them.
25:15 To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.
25:16 The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more.
25:17 So also, the one with the two talents gained two more.
25:18 But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money.
25:19 "After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them.
25:20 The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. 'Master,' he said, 'you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.'
25:21 "His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'
25:22 "The man with the two talents also came. 'Master,' he said, 'you entrusted me with two talents; see, I have gained two more.'
25:23 "His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'
25:24 "Then the man who had received the one talent came. 'Master,' he said, 'I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed.
25:25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.'
25:26 "His master replied, 'You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed?
25:27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
25:28 "'Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents.
25:29 For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.
25:30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' 

Luke 19:11 While they were listening to this, he went on to tell them a parable, because he was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once.
19:12 He said: "A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return.
19:13 So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas. 'Put this money to work,' he said, 'until I come back.'
19:14 "But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, 'We don't want this man to be our king.'
19:15 "He was made king, however, and returned home. Then he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it.19:16 "The first one came and said, 'Sir, your mina has earned ten more.'
19:17 "'Well done, my good servant!' his master replied. 'Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.'
19:18 "The second came and said, 'Sir, your mina has earned five more.'
19:19 "His master answered, 'You take charge of five cities.'
19:20 "Then another servant came and said, 'Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth.
19:21 I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow.'
19:22 "His master replied, 'I will judge you by your own words, you wicked servant! You knew, did you, that I am a hard man, taking out what I did not put in, and reaping what I did not sow?
19:23 Why then didn't you put my money on deposit, so that when I came back, I could have collected it with interest?'
19:24 "Then he said to those standing by, 'Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.'
19:25 "'Sir,' they said, 'he already has ten!'
19:26 "He replied, 'I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away.
19:27 But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them--bring them here and kill them in front of me.'" 

Today, through these two parables, we will try to look at ourselves. The parable of talent is better known to the people than the parable of Minas. People usually see more of this, but it comes up like a same analogy and very similar story structure. Those who leave a lot of profits because of good business, they are praised, and those who do not make profit make them grieve. There are similarities but there are also differences.

What's the difference?

The talents were given differently, five, two, or one depending on the ability, but in the end, they received same praise.

In the parable of Minas, the master gave everyone the same chance, but there is a difference in the reward. We usually think the world is unfair. Everything given is given differently. I received one talent and he received five talents. When I see this parable, it is same with our normal thought, such like "Oh, I want to receive five talents", "I do not want to receive one, but I want to have a lot of ability" ... "Why does God give such a good ability to that person? I do not seem to have much ability" ... We live with such unconscious thoughts.

If you look at the parable of the talents, that's true. We received differently. God gave differently to each of us. So it feels unfair. Strangely, we rather think negatively, thinking, oh I do not seem to be more talented than others, rather than positive thoughts that God has given me more talents than others. We think others have more ... In fact, it is pretty hard to hear "I think God has given me so much talent."

What is strange is that we all want to be talented people. Most of people think they do not have much talent, negatively. When we think, "I'm really helpless", "I'm useless", "I'm not getting enough of the talent", then we are deprived of life and we are not worthy ourselves. We feel miserable.

Equal opportunity / time / one life

But the Lord also shows us different perspectives. There is a point of view to be made through the parable of the Minas. This parable shows that God has given equally to all men. The same opportunity was given. Jesus says all you are the same. God has given the same opportunity. Nobody lives many times. Every single chance to live ... In God 's sight, everyone is the same.

But we do not know this. Our eyes keep looking at what other people have. We do not see what we already have, we always complain about watching others. If you look at the parable of Minas, it says you get the same, but why do we feel he received more? Why does he seem to have more ability? That's because he is grateful for what he has been given, and he has revealed it well, he has expressed it well, and he has put his money to work well.

Why does he have such a good brain? What we really have to think about than this is that we have something that God has given us already. There is clearly a precious thing already given. The important thing is not about number; how many we received.

We have to be praised before God. There is a life that is praised in the presence of God, and there is life that we cannot find any words to say before God. What is a judgement? Everyone dies and stands in front of the master who has given me time, materials, talents, everything. Standing in front of the great judge ... We receive these kind of questions, "What have you been doing?" "What have you done with what I gave to you?" So all of us faces the same judgment of this question. Then you have to say something. What does that have to do with the righteousness of God and the kingdom of God? What is the judgement? We cannot make any excuses. Everyone lives hard and diligently ... But just like the sacrifices of Abel and Cain, there is a life that God accepts and does not accept.

How many I have received, this is not important. Well, did I use well anything that I received? Did I do business properly? So did I gain a lot? Did not I wrap my talent and hid it into the ground deeply? This is a crucial part of your life. We also need to check whether or not we consider a received talent unimportant and buried it deeply.