Before a wealthy landowner left for a long journey, he wanted to give instructions to three of his servants, because he wanted them to take care of his money. He gave five talents, which were very valuable coins, to the first, two to the second and one to the third. Believing this was a wise distribution of the money, the man left.
The servant with five talents invested his money and bought supplies, which he was able to sell for a profit. By his efforts, he earned five more talents. The second servant did the same, also doubling his money. But the third servant dug a hole in the ground and buried his talent so that it would be safe. After a long time the landowner returned and he again called for his three servants. The first servant said, “Master, you gave me five talents. See, I have made five more.”
“Well done, my good and faithful servant,” said the landowner. “Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy.” The second servant said, “Master, you gave me two talents. See, I have made two more.” And the landowner treated him as he did the first servant.
The third servant said, “Master, I knew you were a demanding person, harvesting where you did not plant and gathering where you did not scatter; so out of fear I went off and buried your talent in the ground. Here it is back.” The landowner became very angry and said, “You wicked, lazy servant! … Should you not then have put my money in the bank so I could have got it back with interest on my return? Now then! Take the talent from him and give it to the one with ten.”
When Jesus had finished telling this story, he said, “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne. … Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’”
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Matthew 25 Q&A
1. Why did the third servant bury his talent?
2. When was the kingdom prepared for the blessed ones?
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