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c) The Lord Judges the Lazy Servant
(Matthew 25:24-30)
24   Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
25   And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
26   His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
27   Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
28   Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
29   For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
30   And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

The wicked servant, in Jesus' parable, was disobedient, rebellious, and did not trust his lord. He called him an unjust lord who reaped where he had not sown. This servant lied when he said that he was afraid of his lord and trembled with fear of his anger. If he had really feared him he would have worked and prayed seeking his wisdom and guidance as to the best way to multiply his talents. But he lived indifferently and despised his traveling lord who called him to account when he came back. He dug in the earth and hid the talent that it might not be stolen. Money is like fertilizer, which is good for nothing as long as it accumulates in piles. It must be scattered. Yet the wicked seek simply to accumulate and secure wealth but such stored treasure will profit no one.
Similar to this is the case of spiritual gifts. Many have a lot of them, but they do not use them for the purposes they were intended for: those who have properties but do not use them for the Lord; and those who are influential and do not use their influence in developing faith and love where they live. Servants who have gifts and talents but do not make use of their gifts, are all like idle servants who seek to obtain their own purposes more than Christ's.
A man is either a servant to God, or a slave to his selfishness. The Lord's ministers should not strive for the sake of private profit, but sacrifice themselves to do the will of their heavenly Father, and glorify his holy name. Yet the disobedient work and live for themselves, pay no attention to God and do not pray. This weakens them and their consciences. They are like the servant who hid his talent from God, buried it, and nearly forgot it. Living without Christ, they become deficient in faith, love, and hope; sink deeper into sin; and become children of wrath.
Whoever keeps silent about the blessing of his spiritual rebirth will weaken his faith. He who does not love Jesus, nor serve Him, nor sacrifice himself for Him may lose his soul. Jesus was emphasizing the principle of spiritual growth vs. spiritual deficiency, warning us not to become lukewarm.
The Lord took from the lazy servant the only talent that he had, and gave it to the one who had many. Furthermore, Christ not only removed the talent from the lazy servant, but drove him from His presence and delivered him to his enemies. We may ask here, is this fair? God is prudent. He knows beforehand who is faithful in His service and gives many talents to the one that will do the service faithfully. He gives little to the disobedient. The Lord did not reject the wicked one, but gave him a chance to be faithful over a few things. He who mocks God and lives for himself should know that the Lord's patience will eventually end, and then the spiritual gifts will die out like the flames of a neglected fire. Christ depicted hell in this parable as darkness filled with fear and trembling, as Satan's followers attack those who disobey God.
People are often afraid to walk in the dark, especially without a lamp. Yet if you do not serve God with faithfulness, using your talents for the glory of your heavenly Father, you will have to go alone through the valley of the shadow of death. How awful it is to fall into the power of demons without a Savior.
God is light, joy, and love. Satan is darkness, unhappiness and deception. His true face is hideous, and looking at him causes horror, screaming, and gnashing of teeth. Faithful servants will have a beautiful face to look at when they finally enter into the eternal joy of their Lord. They will rejoice in His presence, and abide in the pleasure of their heavenly Father. Heaven is a place of joy and happiness. As Nehemiah, the prophet, said, "Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength" (Nehemiah 8:10).

 

Prayer:   Heavenly Father, I praise You because You did not reject me, but forgave me my unfaithfulness and slowness to confess You, and gave me the will to serve You. Help me not to care for my house and myself as my first priority, but to guard Your sheep with diligence, guide them, and care for them night and day. Forgive me my weakness in service, and give me wisdom and power to know Your will and act correctly that Your kingdom may come and Your name be hallowed in us.

 

Question:

230. Why did the Lord take the talent from the wicked servant and give it to the successful one?

 

 

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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