Summary: This parable demonstrates the key to our salvation is a genuine faith relationship with Jesus Christ
Parable of the Talents
Here’s a question for the women in the audience?
• Of the following three options which one would prove to you the most that your husbands truly loved you?
1) He went out and bought you a $1,000 diamond ring?
2) He told you he loved you every day?
3) He helped out with the chores around the house every week?
• Can’t choose all three!
• Why did you choose option three?
• This is the only option where the love was demonstrated by action
• Words are cheap as they say!
14 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a man travelling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them.
• Don’t have to be Einstein to figure out who the man travelling to a far country is? It’s Jesus!
• His servants are those to whom He has committed his “goods”
• Some other translations use the word “treasure” rather than talents – literal translation is “goods”, or “possessions”
• But I prefer the word “treasure” as this is a better label than “Talent” or “goods”
• The key to understanding this Parable is to know what these “talents” or “treasures” represent
• Most like to regard these “talents” as the spiritual gifts we have each been given
• This may be one interpretation but I think “talents” distracts the reader from the true intent of the parable
• First, we should note that these treasures are not ours, they are the master’s. We did not earn these treasures, and neither can we earn them – they are given to us
• Of all the treasures God has given to us, what is the most precious?
• Is it our spiritual gifts? No, the greatest treasure God has given to us is His Son, specifically his grace and his Mercy through the saving work of Jesus Christ – in other words the Gospel
• And this interpretation changes the whole focus of the Parable. It rightly puts the emphasis on God “works”, not on our “works”
• He has committed the treasure of His gospel to his servants
15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey.
• Not everyone has the same capacity to use these treasures that have been committed to us
• The issue here is not how much the servants make as much as the issue of “use”, using what has been committed to us
• Notice another point that we have mentioned in other Parables, “No one is excluded without first of all being included”
• All the servants had a relationship with the Master – 10 virgins, Those invited to the marriage supper etc
• No one was excluded without first of all being included