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Parable Of the Talents

What is the real meaning behind the "Parable of the Talents" of Matthew 25:14-30? And, what is really meant in Verse 27?

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this parable of the talents reflects that we should be good stewards of what we have & we should not be lazy of our abilities.
we can multiply our skills, our resources & our supply.

what I am angry about is pastors & televangelist use & exploit malachi bec. they are lazy. they want easy money, they do not want to work. that is why they can praise god & not worry. that is why they are focused on malachi & malachi is the key to success - just give your 10% & everything will succeed - & not other verses that involve work & effort.
---mike on 1/26/09


ELIEZER A TYPE OF THE "HOLY SPIRIT."

1. As Eliezer was a servant of Abraham, so the Holy Spirit is a "Servant of God."

2. As Eliezer's mission was to go to Haran and get a bride for Isaac, so the Holy Spirit has been sent from Heaven to get a BRIDE FOR CHRIST.<
---mima on 1/15/09

Very Interesting interpretation Mima. Thanks for sharing. I wanna look at this offline, sometime. Always interested in marriage translations....a major part of full understanding by us.
---Trav on 1/16/09


A man must be answered according to their frame of mind, as a farmer would understand things framed in his world, farm life imagery more the better. Craig brough the sheep and the goats and thus my answer.
---Nana on 1/16/09


MIMA:- Excellent comparison, good illustration what lacks is the truth That the BRIDE OF CHRIST IS "my Church" as per His word Matt16:13-19and the Holy spirit is still doing His work Guarding the BRIDE as He was chosen to do."I shall send the Holy spirit to guide you"
---Mic on 1/15/09


This from an article call types:

ELIEZER A TYPE OF THE "HOLY SPIRIT."

1. As Eliezer was a servant of Abraham, so the Holy Spirit is a "Servant of God."

2. As Eliezer's mission was to go to Haran and get a bride for Isaac, so the Holy Spirit has been sent from Heaven to get a BRIDE FOR CHRIST.

3. As Eliezer was not sent to get a bride for Isaac until after he was typically offered up, so the Holy Spirit was not sent to get a Bride for Christ until AFTER HIS DEATH AND RESURRECTION.

4. As Eliezer did not talk about himself, but about his Master's son, so the Holy Spirit does not talk about HIMSELF, BUT ABOUT CHRIST.

5. To be continued.
---mima on 1/15/09




As Eliezer was urgent, so the Holy Spirit is URGENT, Gen. 24:53-55. 2Cor. 6:2.

6. As Eliezer by the precious gifts he gave Rebekah revealed the wealth of his Master Isaac, so the Holy Spirit by His Gifts gives us a foretaste of what is in store for the Bride of Christ, the Church.

7. When Eliezer got Rebekah's consent to be the bride of Isaac he himself took her back, he did not send her back while he remained with her kinsfolk. So when the Bride, the Church, is ready the HOLY SPIRIT WILL GO BACK TO HEAVEN WITH HER
---mima on 1/15/09


"Nana, Sheep are Christians, Goats are the foolish (cursed)."
Craig on 1/13/09
Sheep to me are all men of noble hearts (no exceptions) and the very young and innocent.
---Nana on 1/14/09

Sheep. If a concordance is used book or computer....sheep are found 189 times. Interesting in that they are either physical sheep or physical Israel. Only.
---Trav on 1/15/09


"Nana, Sheep are Christians, Goats are the foolish (cursed)."
Craig on 1/13/09
Sheep to me are all men of noble hearts (no exceptions) and the very young and innocent. Goats are the evil ones. Even non Christians are accepted by God in all good that they do, for they know even not knowing! Matt 15,28, the good samaritan, not quite 'christian' but serve to express the point. Even the Centurion. Faith expressed and mercy enacted are accepted by God without exception. Even not knowing..., man knows, Romans 2:11_15.
---Nana on 1/14/09


Nana, Sheep are Christians, Goats are the foolish (cursed). Foolish are ones who read and analyze but do not act upon the Word Of God (receive not the spirit of truth, oil). King Jesus. Nations are people. He separates blessed from cursed. The kingdom is peace, joy in the holy ghost. Hungered for meat, and thirsty for the Spiritual Word, stranger - not in covenant with Christ. Showed the covenant to him. Naked-Did not have Jesus for a covering. Clothed him with righteousness . Sick- Jesus Healed him. Prison -Satan had him bound Jesus set him free.
Brethren are spirit filled. Christ in them. You see you have done it unto Jesus.
The cursed do not have Jesus abiding in them. They are foolish virgins!
---Craig on 1/13/09


"Verses 31_46 explain the parable."
---Nana on 1/4/09
Of Matthew 25.
---Nana on 1/12/09




Craig~ You had some good insights there. Yes, God is concerned about our Spiritual walk, not the world's view of how 'talented' we are.
---Anne on 1/12/09


Craig~ You had some good insights there. Yes, God is concerned about our Spiritual walk, not the world's view of how 'talented' we are.
---Anne on 1/12/09


The Talent is the spiritual understanding of the Word of God. He gives one person 5 Talents another 2 and another 1. The one with more understanding shared the word with others and by doing so received more understanding. Likewise with the one that received 2. The person with 1 who hid the Word in the earth (heart) and never gave it out not even to the exchangers (a change of his own heart)received no more understanding and the little understanding he had was taken out of his heart. Now the Light of the Gospel was taken from him and he was cast into darkness.
Craig
---Craig on 1/11/09


Use your talents for the greater Glory of God.Increase your worth use the present Gift of what God has given you,in what ever field as an investment for His greater glory.so as to produce benifits for His kingdom.Do not hide your light under a bushel.Let your light in Christ shine among Men so that they Glorify God.These are the talents of His interpretation.Peace, love in Him, who so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son, To show Us the WAY -HIS WAY.
---Mic on 1/9/09


would say it means walk in the light we have been given.
wayne5363
---wayne on 1/3/09
I like your answer Wayne.
Ironic isn't it that the word Talent means what it does today. Coincidence?

Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not, and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
Matthew 13:12-14
---Trav on 1/7/09


Two thousand years ago, God taught crowds of UNBELIEVERS differently than God taught Paul, disciples, and apostles. Not everything Jesus spoke while He was on earth is useful for our PRESENT day devotion (that was THEN, WE are now...we are to spread/preach the GOSPEL, not "parables").

We each have a "spirit"/character. If we have a NOBLE character that is compatible with the spirit of The Lord, then His spirit can "indwell", but many seek to use books, rules/rituals, etc. to become "worthy" of the kingdom and "take it by force" (Matthew 11:12).
---more_excellent_way on 1/6/09


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Remember, parables concerns the Kingdom of God, think of the master as God, the servants as Christians, and that we must work to increase the population of the Kingdom of God, talents is a measurement not an ability (a talent of gold is worth more than a talent of brass).

As for the "work," it is written that work without faith is dead (which concerns the lazy servant).

Bringing one person into the Kingdom of God will cover a multitude of sins. So it is profitable to work to increase the population of the Kingdom of God. the harvest is plenty, but the workers are few.
---Steveng on 1/6/09


Many who call themselves "Christians" (as those in Antioch, Acts 11:26, 24:22) simply have the goal of acheiving "moral superiority". Their love is for the bible/pastors/scholars/churchgoers, Paul, etc. and base their "devotion" on having the ability to believe something (faith) but have not true heartbraking love in their heart and mind (Romans 12:2).

The spirit (love, God is LOVE, not faith) is what we must walk by (Galatians 5:16).

The "Church" (new covenant temple) was established in "three days" (outer/inner temples, John 2:19, 6:28).

The brethren in Christ have a kinship relation to each other but are not worthy of our reverence because none of us hung on the cross.
---more_excellent_way on 1/6/09


"...BUT FOR OTHERS, THEY ARE IN PARABLES, so that seeing they may not see..." (Luke 8:10).

The Lord does not simply "ALLOW" a strong delusion to exist for "careless christians", He provides many intellectual reasons for those who are not sincerely and utterly devoted to Him ONLY and to TRUTH. The truth is that the "works" that GOD did by sending His son are the only reason we can have salvation (purification of the flesh (Hebrews 1:3, 9:9).

We will be guaranteed ETERNAL LIFE if we choose to actually become compatible with His spirit in our daily behavior, attitudes, and thoughts (purification of the conscience, Hebrews 9:14).

"works of God" (John 6:28, 9:3).
---more_excellent_way on 1/6/09


The parable means Use it or loose it. v27 tells us that the Lord want increase.
---john on 1/5/09


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More Excellent Way --

Your last post confuses me. You say that the parables
>> can be useful in order to acheive 'moral superiority' (for the ego/pride), but they only offer opportunity for those who would rather love the bible instead of The Lord to demonstrate their intellectual prowess and glorify themselves<<

If this is true, why would Jesus teach this way? Mat 13:34 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables, and without a parable spake he not unto them:
Mar 4:2 And he taught them many things by parables.

It would seem quite a waste of precious time, which Jesus claimed was short already, to teach things only meant to enhance the flesh.
---Donna66 on 1/5/09


"we are told that the parables DO NOT contain spiritual wisdom for the true worshipper"
more_excellent_way on 1/4/09

In that I disagree, Matthew 15:15: "Then answered Peter and said unto him, Declare unto us this parable. 16: And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding?"
Verses 31_46 explain the parable.
---Nana on 1/4/09


In Luke 8:10 and Matthew chapter 13, we are told that the parables DO NOT contain spiritual wisdom for the true worshipper.

The parables do contain a 'logical progression' that can satisfy the INTELLECT (flesh) and can be useful in order to acheive 'moral superiority' (for the ego/pride), but they only offer opportunity for those who would rather love the bible instead of The Lord to demonstrate their intellectual prowess and glorify themselves instead of The Lord.

For all who have always decided to ignore everything that The Lord has done for humanity (the "works of God", John 6:28, 9:3) and preferred the 'works of man' for their piety and devotion, The Lord has freely provided a "strong delusion".
---more_excellent_way on 1/4/09


Mary another thing i get out of the story. Like your abilities, well money can be considered a talent & it's to be given to those, if were not willing, that go & produce souls for Christ
---Bshon on 1/3/09


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Hi, I could be wrong, but for me personally (and others may read something entirely different out of the story), I get the strong message that I dare not waste the talents (abilities) God has given me out of fear that there will be someone with more talent who will make me "look bad". That's why I've begun to share my writing (short stories and poems) inspite of the fact that some others are better.
---Mary on 1/3/09


I would say it means walk in the light we have been given.
wayne5363
---wayne on 1/3/09


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