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In today’s Christian Religious Studies class, We will be discussing The Talents. We hope you enjoy the class!
The Talents (Matt 25: 14-30)
Talents are gifts given to man by God to glorify Him. This is the story of a certain man who decided to go on a journey. Before he left, he called his three servants and distributed his property to them.
To one, he gave five talents and to the second servant, he gave two talents and to the third servant, he gave one talent. Each of them was given according to his ability.
The first servant invested his talents and made five extra talents. The second servant invested his talents and made two extra talents. But the third servant dug a hole and buried his talent in the ground.
When the master came back from his journey, he praised the two servants who invested their talents and made extra talents. He rebuked the third servant for not investing his talent. The master took the talent from the irresponsible servant and gave it to the servant who made five extra talents.
Interpretation of the Parable
The master stands for God who has blessed every one of us with one gift (or talent) or the other. He expects us to use our talents or gifts like the first two servants for the benefit of others and for the service of our country.
The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant (Matt 18: 21 -35)
Peter asked if he should forgive his brother that sinned against him seven times. Jesus said to him “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven”.
Jesus compared the kingdom of heaven to a king who wanted to settle an account with his servants.
One of them owning him ten thousand talents was brought before the king. The king ordered him, his wife and children to be sold in order to repay his debt. The servant knelt down and pleaded with the king to give him time to pay. The king had pity on him and forgave him the debt.
The same servant saw a fellow servant who owed him one hundred talents and seized him. His fellow servant knelt down and begged him to give him time to pay. The servant refused; instead, he put him in prison until he was ready to pay. Other servants reported the matter to the king.
The king called the wicked servant and reminded him of how he forgave him his whole debt. He rebuked him for not forgiving the person who owed him. The king ordered that he should be put in prison until he paid all the debt he owed him.
Jesus concluded the parable by saying that our heavenly father will forgive us our sins if we forgive those who have sinned against us.
Interpretation of the Parable
The king is an example of a merciful and kind-hearted person. He demonstrated this by forgiving the debt of his servant.
The unmerciful servant represents the hard-hearted and merciless people who cannot forgive their fellow human beings. If God forgives us our sins, we ought to forgive one another.
1. There is a reward for duty properly done as shown in the parable of the talents. We should endeavour to do our work well at all time.
2. Our talents should be used for the benefit of our fellow human beings. God will reward us for doing this and punish those who fail to do so.
3. The parable of the ten virgins teaches us that we must always be ready for the coming of Christ since no one knows when He would come back. Only those who are spiritually prepared will go with Him to the kingdom of God.
4. From the parable of the unforgiving servant, we learnt that we should forgive those who offend us if we want God to forgive us.
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