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Gospel according to Matthew
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Die Offenbarung des Johannes

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13. The Parable of the Talents
(Matthew 25:14-30)

a) Are You Talented?
(Matthew 25:14-18)
14   For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
15   And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
16   Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
17   And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
18   But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.

We have here the parable of the talents committed to three servants. This implies that we should be in a state of work and business, just as the previous parable implies that we should be in a state of expectancy. The first showed the necessity of constant preparation; the second of diligence and stewardship in our present work and service. In the first, we were admonished to prepare our own souls; in the second, to prepare the way for the work of God in the souls of others.
Every person is a miracle of God, made in His image. You are uniquely gifted in body, mind, and soul. You have been given many talents and gifts. You are not like a stone or a plant - you move willingly. You feel pain and enjoyment. Have you thanked your Lord for the great gifts that He has given you? It is easier to appreciate God's gifts when you try to imagine life without them. How much do you value your eyesight? Or hearing? You are richer than you can imagine; you are blessed. When, therefore, are you going to fall on your knees to thank and worship your Creator? For whoever thanks the heavenly Father is in accord with Him. Whoever praises Him for the gifts given to him serves him joyfully. The selfish man does not think of God; but of his own welfare, seeking honor and respect. The thankful man, however, honors and serves his Lord with all his strength, humbly and modestly. What will you do for your Lord? The goal and meaning of your life is to give praise to our heavenly Father. A man that is not thankful is spiritually dead and cold-hearted. In thanking the Lord, you demonstrate spiritual wisdom and a loving heart.
The three servants in the parable were not all given the same, for they didn't all have the same abilities. God is a free agent, "distributing to each one individually as he wills" (1 Corinthians 12:11). Some people are designed for one type of service, others another, just as the parts of the natural body are designed for different functions. Every person, and each gift and talent is useful in the service of Christ; so move, work, and serve your Lord with your hands, legs, possessions, time, and money. All that you have is beneficial for sacrificial service to God and men. Ask your Creator to furnish you with wisdom that you may serve Him in a more fruitful way.
Put all your gifts before your heavenly Father. Honor Him and He will call you His son or daughter. If you give the poor in your community from the richness of your gifts, He will increase your blessing. Serve the Lord tirelessly in your house, school, job, and free time, and you will become a pleasant and cheerful servant. The selfish man who clings to all he has is like a bottle full of sour vinegar, but the faithful servant of the Lord, who gives to all, is like perfumed incense. Practice, then, the following rule of St. Paul: "And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men." (Colossians 3:23).

 

Prayer:   Heavenly Father, we thank You because You gave to us, out of Your fullness, grace for grace, and gift for gift. Who are we? And who are You? We are not worthy of the flood of Your blessings. For the sake of Christ's blood, we are enabled to live before You, and in the power of Your Spirit, we breathe. Help us that our life may be one of thankfulness to You, and help us to share of Your blessings with those who live around us that they partake of joy and supplication before You.

 

Question:

228. What are the gifts you have been endowed with?

 

 

Table of contents

PREFACE

PART 1
THE PRELIMINARY PERIOD IN THE MINISTRY OF CHRIST
(MATTHEW 1:1 - 4:25)

PART 2
CHRIST TEACHES AND MINISTERS IN GALILEE
(MATTHEW 5:1 - 11:1)

PART 3
THE UNBELIEVING JEWS AND THEIR ENMITY TO JESUS
(MATTHEW 11:2-18:35)

PART 4
JESUS’ MINISTRY IN THE JORDAN VALLEY DURING HIS JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM
(MATTHEW 19:1 - 20:34)

PART 5
JESUS’ LAST MINISTRIES IN JERUSALEM
(MATTHEW 21:1 - 25:46)

A - A DISPUTE IN THE TEMPLE
(MATTHEW 21:1 - 22:46)

1. Jesus’ Entrance into Jerusalem
(Matthew 21:1-9)
21:1
A - A DISPUTE IN THE TEMPLE
(MATTHEW 21:1 - 22:46)

1. Jesus’ Entrance into Jerusalem
(Matthew 21:1-9) - continued
21:6
2. Jesus Cleanses the Temple
(Matthew 21:10-17)
21:10
2. Jesus Cleanses the Temple
(Matthew 21:10-17) - continued
21:14
3. The Unfruitful Fig Tree Cursed
(Matthew 21:18-22)
21:18
4. Jesus Questioned by the Elders of the Jews
(Matthew 21:23-27)
21:23
4. Jesus Questioned by the Elders of the Jews
(Matthew 21:23-27) - continued
21:24
5. Jesus Gives Four Parables
(Matthew 21:28 - 22:14)

a) The Parable of the Two Sons
(Matthew 21:28-32)
21:28
b) The Parable of the Wicked Vinedressers
(Matthew 21:33-41)
21:33
c) The Parable about the Stumbling Block
(Matthew 21:42-46)
21:42
d) The Parable of the Great Wedding Feast
(Matthew 22:1-14)
22:1
6. The Things that are Caesar’s, and Those that are God’s
(Matthew 22:15-22)
22:15
7. In the Resurrection they neither Marry nor are Given in Marriage
(Matthew 22:23-33)
22:23
8. The Great Commandment
(Matthew 22:34-40)
22:34
9. Christ is the Lord
(Matthew 22:41-46)
22:41
B - CHRIST REBUKES AND WARNS THE JEWISH SPIRITUAL LEADERS
(MATTHEW 23:1-39) (The Fifth Collection of the Words of Jesus)

1. Rebuke of the Scribes and Pharisees (Matthew 23:1-7)
23:1
2. The Humility of Faithful Teachers
(Matthew 23:8-12)
23:8
3. The First Woe to the Scribes and Pharisees
(Matthew 23:13)
23:13
4. The Second Woe
(Matthew 23:14)
23:14
5. The Third Woe
(Matthew 23:15)
23:15
6. The Fourth Woe
(Matthew 23:16-22)
23:16
7. The Fifth Woe
(Matthew 23:23-24)
23:23
8. The Sixth Woe
(Matthew 23:25-26)
23:25
9. The Seventh Woe
(Matthew 23:27-28)
23:27
10. The Eighth Woe
(Matthew 23:29-33)
23:29
11. Jesus’ Prophesy about Jerusalem
(Matthew 23:34-36)
23:34
12. The Hardheartedness of the People of Jerusalem in Front of Christ’s Mercy and Compassion
(Matthew 23:37-39)
23:37
C - CHRIST’S SERMON ON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES
(MATTHEW 24:1-25:46) (The Sixth Collection of Words of Jesus)

1. Christ Leaves the Temple (Matthew 24:1-2)
24:1
2. The Disciples’ Questions (Matthew 24:3) 24:3
3. Take Heed that no One Deceives You
(Matthew 24:4-5)
24:4
4. God’s Wrath Falling on Men
(Matthew 24:6-8)
24:6
5. They Will Deliver You up to Tribulation
(Matthew 24:9-14)
24:9
5. They Will Deliver You up to Tribulation
(Matthew 24:9-14) - continued
24:12
6. The Destruction of Jerusalem
(Matthew 24:15-22)
24:15
7. False Christs
(Matthew 24:23-26)
24:23
8. The Clear Signs of Christ’s Second Coming
(Matthew 24:27-31)
24:27
9. The End of the Worlds
(Matthew 24:32-36)
24:32
10. The Salvation of the Believers
(Matthew 24:37-41)
24:37
11. Watch!
(Matthew 24:42-51)
24:42
11. Watch!
(Matthew 24:42-51) - continued
24:45
12. The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins
(Matthew 25:1-13)
25:1
12. The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins
(Matthew 25:1-13) - continued
25:6
12. The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins
(Matthew 25:1-13) - continued
25:8
13. The Parable of the Talents
(Matthew 25:14-30)

a) Are You Talented?
(Matthew 25:14-18)
25:14
b) The Lord Rewards the Faithful
(Matthew 25:19-23)
25:19
c) The Lord Judges the Lazy Servant
(Matthew 25:24-30)
25:24
14. Christ is the Eternal Judge
(Matthew 25:31-33)
25:31
15. Christ’s Judgment on His Loving Followers
(Matthew 25:34-40)
25:34
16. The Judge’s Judgment on the Evil Ones
(Matthew 25:41-46)
25:41

PART 6
CHRIST’S SUFFEINGS AND DEATH
(MATTHEW 26:1-27:66)

PART 7
THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
(MATTHEW 28:1-20)

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