Learning God’s True Character
Parable of the Talents
- Matt. 25:14-30 (Luke 19:11-27) – This parable was said along with other teachings about waiting and getting ready. This is what we are to do while we are waiting for his return. Talents were worth a lot of money. Today the idea of our abilities is based on the word for talent. In the story the master is thought of a hard man.
- Exodus 4:24-26, Lev. 10:1-3, Num. 15:32-36, 2 Sam. 6:6-7, Isaiah 5:2- Examples of individual unrighteousness
- Romans 1:18-19 – God is against all unrighteousness – God has provided the means of salvation to all who believe.
- Rom. 5:3-5 -Love of God poured out. God reaches out to all mankind to save them from sin and death
- Rom. 8:28 -God calls us to save us
- Rom. 8:35-39 -Nothing can separate us from the love of God. God gave us Jesus as a way to him. We must get closer to God. The closer we get to God, the larger God appears.
- Rom. 11:22-23 – God is kind to those who have faith in him. If we are far from him because of sin, God is severe. God is against all unrighteous acts.
Failures of the One Talent Man
- He misjudged his master- he doesn’t really know his master
- The man misjudged himself – he was sure he would fail
- He made his own safety the priority – he lost out on life
- He treated the money like his own – he thought he had the power
- He surrendered to fear – His fear paralyzed him
- He was lazy – He didn’t want to bother with this
- He didn’t value growth – The master wanted growth
- He didn’t ask the master for instructions
- He didn’t ask anyone for help
- He refused to be challenged by others
Are There Any Losers?
- 1 Cor. 3:10-15 – All the workers are saved. The one talent man was not a worker and he was lost. Don’t be afraid to work for the kingdom.
—Robert Lee, 10-21-07, p.m.