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Matthew 25:14 Talent

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Talent

This is about three servants who were each given a talent and how they used them. It also gives the reward they received.

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Matthew 25:14-30

14. “In the parable of the talents, the wicked servant thinks it is harder that it turns out to be.” (Blomberg, Craig L., The New American Commentary, Volume 22, Matthew. [Nashville: Broadman Press], 371)

“Jesus illustrates the nature of the kingdom of heaven once again with a story about a master with good and bad servants.” Blomberg, 372)

15. “A talent was a measurement of weight, usually 58-80 pounds. One talent of silver was worth more than 15 years’ wages. One talent of gold was worth even more.” (AMP footnote)

“Each servant in this parable was given money (a talent was worth about twenty years’ wages) according to his ability.” (Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary New Testament Volume 1 Matthew-Galatians. [Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2004], 92)

“The man in the parable represents Jesus, the journey is His absence during the Church Age, the productive slaves represent faithful disciples who are ready, and the third slave an unfaithful (false) disciple.” (The Moody Bible Commentary, The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, [Moody Publishers, Chicago, IL, 2014], 1504)

16-17. These servants doubled their money!

18. The third one “buried the talent he had been given. He was not faithful to his master.” (McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume IV. [Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983], 135)

Master Returns

19. “The phrase after a long time was Jesus’ acknowledgment that there would be quite a time gap before his final coming.” [Max Anders and Stuart K. Weber (2012). HNTC Vol. 01: Matthew. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]

20-23. “The time of reckoning does arrive.” (Blomberg, 373)

“The first two servants brought the original quantity he had given them, plus a 100 percent profit. Between the two of them, they had turned seven talents into fourteen.” [Max Anders and Stuart K. Weber (2012). HNTC Vol. 01: Matthew. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]

The two men “were faithful with a few things, so the Lord trusted them with many things.” (Wiersbe, 92)

24-25. The third servant “confesses fearing his boss and believing him to be a severe taskmaster who could not have tolerated the loss of any of his money.” (Blomberg, 373)

This servant returned the talent that was given to him to the master.

Unfaithful Servant

26-28. “The third servant was unfaithful and therefore unrewarded. Because this man was afraid he might fail, he never tried to succeed.” (Wiersbe, 92)

We “are going to have to stand in the presence of God and give an account of how we have used what He has given to us.” (McGee, 136)

29. “Everyone who has implies faithfulness with what has been entrusted to them. This will be rewarded with even greater trust—privileged responsibility and reward— from God. Such faithful servants will have an abundance.” [Max Anders and Stuart K. Weber (2012). HNTC Vol. 01: Matthew. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]

“But whoever does not have implies self-centered unfaithfulness with what was entrusted. This will be recompensed with the removal of all that has been entrusted to him, since he had proven untrustworthy.” [Max Anders and Stuart K. Weber (2012). HNTC Vol. 01: Matthew. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]

30. “The ‘outer darkness’ of Matthew 25:30 need not refer to hell, even though that is often the case in the Gospels (Matthew 8:12; 22:13).” (Wiersbe, 92)

“Were it not for the one-talent people in our world, very little would get accomplished. His one talent could have increased to two and brought glory to his master.” (Wiersbe, 92)

References

Amplified Bible (AMP)
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Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
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New American Standard Bible (NASB)
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New King James Version (NKJV)
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

In this article Scripture quotations taken from KJV.

Blomberg, Craig L., The New American Commentary, Volume 22, Matthew. Nashville: Broadman Press
McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume IV. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983
The Moody Bible Commentary, The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, Moody Publishers, Chicago, IL, 2014
Robertson, A. T., A Harmony of the Gospels. New York, HarperCollins Publishers
Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary New Testament Volume 1 Matthew-Galatians. Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2004

 

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