Mathew 25. Forum Discussion

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Every word of chapter 25 is spoken directly by Jesus.

The chapter begins with what is referred to as the Parable of the Ten Virgins. The main take away from this parable is that we are to be prepared, for we do not know when Jesus will be coming back. The parable talks about 10 virgins – 5 of whom were foolish, and 5 of whom were wise. The foolish took their lamps with no oil and went out to meet their bridegroom. The wise also went to meet their bridegroom but took with them oil in flasks. It is an important part of this parable that the unwise realize too late what they are lacking and ask the wise for some of their oil. When they realize that there will not be enough oil for the 10 of them, the unwise head out to buy some oil. But they are too late. “While they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut.”

Jesus is providing another warning to us all that we will not know when He is coming back. As we see in this parable, Jesus will welcome those that are prepared when He comes, and those that are not will be shut out. We also see that the wise deeds of others cannot save those that make foolish choices and are not prepared.

The second parable of this chapter is referred to as the Parable of the Talents. In this parable, a man is about to go out on a journey. He calls his 3 servants and gives each of them a different amount of money. One receives 5 talents, another two, and the other one. A talent is a unit of value that represented approximately 20 years wages per talent. So, in this example, the servant that receives 5 talents would need to work approximately 100 years to earn the same amount of money that he was given. The servant that receives 2 talents would need to work approximately 40 years, and the servant that received 1 talent, 20 years. So, we are talking about good amounts of money. Now let us see how each servant managed the money that they were given:

  • Servant #1 with 5 talents (approximately 100 years wages) earned an additional 5 talents. He doubled his money. His master said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You were faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.”
  • Servant #2 with 2 talents (approximately 40 years wages) earned an additional 2 talents. He also doubled his money. His master said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You were faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.”
  • Servant #3 with 1 talent came up and said, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed. And I was afraid and went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’   “But his master answered and said to him, ‘You wicked, lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed.  Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival, I would have received my money back with interest.  Therefore take away the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents.’   “For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away.  Throw out the worthless servant into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

What can we learn from the Parable of the Talents? First, it is interesting that the monetary unit of value was called a “Talent”. God gives us all many “talents” of value. For some it is indeed money. For others it is kindness. For others patience and so on. God wants us to put our talents to work to glorify Him. He was not pleased at all with the 3rd servant that simply buried his talents and handed them back to his master. In fact, that servant is referred to as “wicked” and “lazy”! Whatever we have been blessed with, God wants us to put it to work. He does not want us to coast by with what we have been given, He wants us to go out and do something with our gifts. Imagine how wonderful it will be to someday hear, “Well done my good and faithful servant.”

Mathew 25 concludes with Jesus telling about what will happen when He returns. Upon returning, Jesus will sit on His throne and will divide the people into two groups – one on His right, and the other on His left. To the right will be the people that will inherit the kingdom prepared for them. Jesus points out specific behaviors that these people will have demonstrated.

BEHAVIORS OF THOSE ON THE RIGHT THAT WILL BE SAVED

  • Feeding the hungry
  • Providing drinks to the thirsty
  • Clothing the naked
  • Visiting the sick
  • Visiting those in prison

Similarly, Jesus points out specific behaviors that the people on the left who will be sent to eternal punishment.

BEHAVIORS OF THOSE ON THE LEFT THAT WILL BE CONDEMNED

  • Not feeding the hungry
  • Not providing drinks to the thirsty
  • Not clothing the naked
  • Not visiting the sick
  • Not visiting those in prison.

In conclusion, there are three main takeaways from today’s lesson:

  1. Be prepared! We do not know when Jesus is going to return, so we must always be prepared. We do not want to be caught off-guard.
  2. Do not coast through life! God has blessed us all with special gifts. He wants us to put those gifts to work to glorify Him. When we do that, He will bless our efforts and we will someday hear, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
  3. Take care of those in need.   If somebody is hungry, offer them food.  If somebody is thirsty, off them something to drink.  Cloth the naked, visit the sick and visit those in prison.   Jesus said in Mathew 25:40, “Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.”

Thank you for joining us today. Please join us again tomorrow as we look at Mathew 26 and the betrayal and arrest of Jesus. May God’s blessings be upon you until then! Amen

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Dan

We can prepare for the second coming by seeing opportunities for serving the Lord everywhere. Just sick and hungry, etc. privileges mean responsibility

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