What Did Jesus Know?
“Accountability for All” (Fulfilling your responsibilities)
Part 8: Matthew 25:14-30 ~ 7/19/2020
Dr. Scott T. Arnold ~ First Baptist Church of Los Angeles, CA
I. Parable: God entrusts people with resources and talents (v.14-15)
- The Master delegates resources and responsibility (14)
- The Master allocates various amounts to each person (15a)
- The Master gives freedom, space and time for stewardship (15b)
II. Project Implementation: What will they do? (v.16-18)
- Two servants were faithful and productive (16-17)
- One servant was unfaithful and unproductive (18)
III. The Master returns after a long time to settle accounts (v.19)
IV. Project Summary: Report of the Servants / Response of the Master (v.20-30)
- The first faithful servant (5 talents) (20-21)
- The second faithful servant (2 talents) (22-23)
- The third unfaithful servant (1 talent) (24-25)
1. Negative assumptions about God (24)
2. Fear of failure (25a)
3. Avoidance and laziness (25b)
- The Master’s response to the unfaithful servant (26-30)
1. The Master confronts the servant’s actions and motives (26)
2. The Master confronts the servant’s irresponsibility (27)
3. The Master removes and reallocates his resources (28)
4. The Master rewards & removes in accord to faithfulness (29)
5. The Master will judge unfaithfulness with removal (30)
14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’ 21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ 22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’ 23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ 24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ 26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest- Matthew 25:14-30
Questions for Discussion:
- In this Parable of the Talents, what are the two essentially different ways that people approach work and opportunity?
- Why are some people trouble makers? What are the complaints and excuses they use to justify their negative attitudes or complaints?
- What were the Master’s responses to the three servants? What would you have done if you were the Master?
- Where do false assumptions about God originate from? How are negative beliefs about God, Christians and the Church perpetuated?
- As you consider your own responsibilities, what is in your “box” of gifts/talents to use or deliver faithfully? What duties and responsibilities has God given you to act upon for His Glory?
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