First, he has a much more sensitive understanding of the ancient worldview than he is credited by the majority. God does not give a limited pie. Whereas a modern, Western audience would applaud the first two slaves for trading and investing well, an ancient audience would have approved of the third slave’s behavior and condemned that of the first two slaves because they profited at the expense of others. Or floss our teeth. He also penalized the first servant for not putting it in the bank to earn interest and gave that talent to the servant who yielded ten as a reward. When the parable was delivered, Satan had yet to be defeated in our timine. 22 Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine, and valiant men in mixing strong drink, 23 who acquit the guilty for a bribe, and deprive the innocent of his right!”. I offer my own challenges to Rohrbaugh’s interpretation, although I freely admit I am but a layman and am not as well schooled as most others. Jesus answered, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Matthews gospel devotes two full chapters to the subject of the second coming of Christ. Prepare your messages on Parable of the Talents with sermon outlines or an entire sermon series. They also serve who only stand and wait. Until then, the kingdom of heaven will be like his servants being good stewards by investing the talents he has given us in kingdom work until he returns. Write these on the board as they are listed. The amount of responsibility they were given was in accordance to their abilities. There was no universal body of Christ, no church , no Indwelling of the Holy Spirit and no spiritual gifts as yet. His interpretation (and apparently Barbara Reid’s) are clearly socialist/marxist in nature. One talent could be valued at around $400,000 in today’s dollars. The slaves are the ministers of the church. Some got more, some less, but all of them received a significant amount. " Hence, the third servant is punished for speaking the truth, and not for failing to make a profit. He was being honest about the discouragement he felt in that area. The warning and the encouragement is this: don’t see Jesus the way this servant saw Jesus. Talents back then was a currency denomination. This conversation doesn’t threaten my understanding of Jesus. As far as being a sign of the “last days”. Jesus came to seek and save the lost…people. Thanks for coming - have a good week. This Bible History Daily feature was originally published on September 26, 2016. Two men bring the money that was entrusted to them back to their master, while a third man searches for his money outside. That’s Jesus. I think the Lord sees obscurity differently than we do. The most overlooked part of this parable is the second half of verse fifteen: the master gives to each servant talents, “…each according to his ability.” The master understood that the one-talent servant was not capable of producing as much as the five-talent servant. In teaching the disciples about the Kingdom, Jesus told this parable about a wealthy man who went on a trip and left his servants in charge of his money. Gather your students and close in prayer, thanking God for giving us all special gifts to use for Him, and asking God to honor your students’ desires to use those gifts and abilities for His glory. The third servant hid the talent because he thought it was “his” talent and he did not want the lord to return. It is about the master, not a treatise on evangelism. Lodg'd with me useless, though my Soul more bent Finley suggests these interpretations among the teachings for Christians: The poet John Milton was fascinated by the parable (interpreted in this traditional sense), referring to it repeatedly, notably in the sonnet "When I Consider How My Light is Spent":, When I consider how my light is spent The Parable of the Talents has NOTHING TO DO WITH YOUR ESTATES, FINANCES, ETC! this does not necessitate living dishonorably. We all just have to remember that it’s still a parable no matter how we interpret it. He was a pretender and a slanderer. The Parable of the Talents is not always understood properly by interpreters. The parable is about the talents that God has given the believers. Remember Job got back double towards the end. The parable isn’t about money. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be (N)a hard man, reaping (O)where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. The third servant in Matthew's version was condemned as wicked and lazy, because he should have deposited his talent with the bankers (Greek: τραπεζιταις, trapezitais, literally, table or counter-keepers, just as bankers were originally those who sat at their bancum, or bench). This is also true of the kingdom of God: God’s people can use many different abilities and gifts to honor God and serve others. This servant had been given much. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. It is wrapped up in our kingdom service. Have your students locate Matthew 25:16-18 in their Bibles. Where was he really born—Bethlehem or Nazareth? Powered by Church Plant Media, Forgiven People Forgive - The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant, A Tale of Two Mirrors: The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector. If they would like to use that gift to honor God, have them write a short prayer on their wrap. And over his lifetime this servant invests none of it into the kingdom. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 1731–55) in Britain and in the American colonies.. You may have kids to teach, or people to manage, or numbers to crunch—but it is still ministry. He calls Jesus a hard man who steals what isn’t his to enrich himself. Use them to spread the love of Jesus. I would add that Israelis always had a different attitude toward business from that of the rest of the Middle East. Let nothing move you. The Parable of the Talents teaches that we are not all created equal. You might want to read off each category and then have students raise their hands to identify the skill statements they checked off. The talents are not “abilities” as sometimes supposed. Many of you know that a dear sister in the church, Becky Finch, has been with her father for his last days on earth. It paralyzed him. The Bible says there will much “deceiving and being deceived” going on in the “last days”. Rohrbaugh’s “interpretation” of the Parable of the Talents is out of context.When Jesus approved the action of first two slaves and disapproved the action of the third slave by saying ” you wicked,lazy servant” who is more authentic Jesus or Rohrbaugh. A lot of money. It is interesting to note that the servants in Jesus’ story were rewarded on the basis of what they had done with what they were given. The recipient of the five talents instead "wasted his master's possessions with harlots and flute-girls"; it was he, in the Hebrew gospel, that was sent into the darkness (Eusebius expressly identifies the darkness as being imprisonment)..