Study of Matthew 25:14–30 ~ My answers to study questions
“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.”
~ Erma Bombeck
6. a. Gods gifts to us
Matthew 13:52—Revelation of God and His ways (Andrew Wommack Living Commentary) Those of us who have such revelation (new and old was a Jewish phrase for great plenty—Clarke Adam Commentary) have a duty to instruct others. (As an introvert, I share through writing.)
Matthew 28:19-20—Disciple others by grounding them in the Word of God. A disciple should become an imitator of the teacher rather than a perpetual dependent.
John 1:9-13—Believers are given the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God. That gives us the right to victory in this life as well as eternal life. “Christians shouldn’t deny this power by coming to God as pathetic beggars.” (Andrew Wommack Living Commentary)
John 13:15—We should follow Jesus’ example by humbly serving others.
John 21:15-17—”If we truly love Jesus, we will be faithful, strong, repentant, or whatever we need to be. Love is the key. Jesus told Peter in every case that loving Him could be proven by ministering to His people. That’s the supreme test. Are we ministering to others because of our love for the Lord or our love for ourselves and the acclaim service can bring?” Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.
2 Timothy 3:16-17—”Josephus, a non-Christian historian of the first century, said, “The rabbinical teaching was that the Spirit of God rested on and in the prophets and spoke through them in that their words did not come from themselves; but from the mouth of God and they spoke and wrote in the Holy Spirit. The early church was in entire agreement with this view” (“Linguistic Key to the Greek New Testament” by Fritz Rienecker). via Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.
b. I keep hearing “write.” I’ve been writing all my life, but not sharing it with anyone else. (Other than letters I wrote directly to others.) I’m a very private person, so clicking “publish” on blog posts is still difficult. There are two other huge tasks God has given me to do. They increasingly consume my time. I need strength, wisdom, and the finances to accomplish it all in His way.
7. The servant given five measures:
- Attitude—Eager, diligent, zealous, ethical, responsible
- Actions—Began immediately, faithful and trustworthy
- Reward—Commended for faithfulness and job done well. Given charge over even more. Given the opportunity to share in the master’s joy. (Most earthly masters take all the credit and reward for themselves.)
The servant given two measures:
- Attitude—Same as above—eager, diligent, zealous, ethical, responsible
- Actions—Went right to work, faithful and trustworthy
- Reward—Received rewards and accolades equal to the servant who produced two and a half times as much. He was considered equally faithful and was equally rewarded.
The servant given one measure:
- Attitude—He was lazy, selfish, presumptuous, judgmental, condemning, and fearful. He thought his master was too demanding.
- Actions—Dug a hole and hid his master’s money.
- Reward—The master called him an evil and lazy slave. What he already had was taken away and given to the one who already had ten. The master ordered the others to “throw this good-for-nothing slave into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew 25:30 HCSB
8. a. Even before he was given one talent and buried it, that servant had a bad attitude. He did not like or respect his master. Therefore he wasn’t thinking about how to please him.
b. God will repay us for the wasted years and return our lives to fruitfulness. When He forgives, He also removes the shame. Praise God forevermore!
c. Someone once gave Joel 2:25 as a prophetic word for me. In my case, it related to the many years of persecution during a difficult marriage. Since then, this verse has held a special significance for me. Not quite the same as implied by this question, but I have held on to the promise none-the-less. I also don’t believe God sent the persecution.
9. Those who are good stewards of all that God gives them, will be entrusted with more. Woe to those who are bad stewards and unrepentant.