Lessons to Be Learned From 3 Servants and a Few Bags of Gold

Investments, Risks and Rewards

This week, we’re looking at Matthew 25 and specifically verse 14-30.

In this parable 3 servants were given some money to invest for their master. Lessons to be learned from 3 servants and a few bags of gold.

What are these investments?

Well, we see some variations in translation within this passage.

The current NIV translation that I just read states “…bags of gold…” (25:15). But other translations use the term, “talents” which is a specific word, used for a certain amount of money in Jesus day.

And yet, other translations just simply state “money.” Regardless of the translation, the concept here is that each servant was given a large sum of money to invest.

How much is a bag of gold worth?

But how much could a bag of gold or a talent buy in Jesus day? A single talent (referenced as a single bag of gold in the current NIV) would have been equal to roughly 20 years wages for a labourer.

So we’re clear, even the guy with one talent (or one bag of gold), was given a lot of cash to invest. Regardless of 1, 2 or 5 talents; the Master has put a lot of trust in these servants.

Okay, now the actual parable.

What’s the metaphor here? What’s this story really about? Well, we too have been given many things to which we must invest for our Master.

These may in fact include money, but perhaps other possessions, resources or commodities? Maybe you have been blessed with a particular skill or ability? What have you been given? What has God blessed you with?

James 1:17 makes it clear.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

Everything we possess, everything we own, every ability we have; all of it is from the Lord and belongs to the Lord.

However, we have the choice.

We can look at all our blessings as our belongings and keep it all for ourselves, or we can use it wisely and invest it in God’s work, when we have the opportunity.

FEEDBACK QUESTIONS:

Why did Jesus choose to explain this parable using such high amounts of money? Why would the Master entrust so much in his servants?

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How an Easter Invitation Could Prevent Someone from Being Left Behind

Are we all ready for the Lord’s return?

This week, I started our post-series with a song by Larry Norman titled, “I Wish We’d All Been Ready.” based on Matthew 24. I think it’s only fitting to end this series with the question, “Are we all ready?

Moreover, with Easter only a week away, celebrating the resurrection always brings us toward thoughts of our Lord’s return. An Easter invitation could prevent someone from being left behind.

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Be Prepared, Be Watchful and Be Ready

Are we all ready for the Lord’s return?

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In Matthew 24, Jesus is on the Mount of Olives with His disciples. He issues them three descriptions of His return; each one carrying a haunting theme. Be Prepared, Be Watchful and Be Ready!

Feel free to move on, or for those interested in obtaining some context into today’s passage, click HERE to read  “Setting up Christ’s private discussion on the Mount of Olives.

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Setting Up Christ’s Private Discussion On the Mount of Olives

Are we all ready for the Lord’s return?

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As we introduced on Sunday, this week we’re looking at Matthew 24, verses 36 through 44. That being said, let’s first establish some context.

Verse 1 tells us that “Jesus left the temple…” Last week, we unpacked Jesus’ stern warnings to the people regarding the Pharisees. Well in chapter 24, Jesus has left the building!

Then we read in verse 3, “As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately.” Let’s spend some time setting up Christ’s private discussion on the Mount of Olives.

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Larry Norman Challenged the World

Are We All Ready for the Lord’s Return?

In the sixties, Society was changing dramatically. It seemed like everyone was chasing anything and everything that felt good; “if it felt good, do it.” A young Christian from California named Larry Norman challenged the world.

Larry saw the cultural trends of his peers. And as he read his Bible, he realised that he was witnessing many of Christ’s prophetic words.

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Reject the Pharisees Titles

Jesus’ Warnings About the Pharisees: Topic #3

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All week, we’ve been looking at Matthew 23. Jesus is explaining why the people should be cautious when dealing with the Pharisees. In verse 7, Jesus challenges the people to reject the Pharisees titles.

Moreover, how their ears would be tickled when people used these titles in public settings.

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Resist the Pharisees Behaviour

Jesus’ Warnings About the Pharisees: Topic #2

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In Sunday’s post, we began a post-series from Matthew 23. Jesus has just warned the crowd to respect the Pharisees position. Now he begins His warning to resist the Pharisees behaviour.

But Jesus words of course beg the question, “What’s so bad about the Pharisees behaviour?” Well don’t worry. Jesus is about to give us a list.

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