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The parable of the talents
Jonal entry 956 | Friday, February 24, 2006
My mentions of "stewardship," the most prudent use of every gift God provides to help further His kingdom and serve the greatest good it can, brought a reminder from Sallie Covolo of the best exposition and defense of that principle ever, the parable of the talents. Jesus told the story to His listeners as recorded in Matthew's Gospel, 25:14-30. Though the medieval church taught that charging interest on loans was the sin of usury, in the intervening years the interpretation of the parable has become more literal, and therefore the church's view has become more favorable to banking and investing in business ventures.
So (having lost my enthusiasm for defending my cheapness and boasting of my own stewardship), I'm rounding out this week's Jonal output by sharing the parable here, in my slightly paraphrased rendering from the New King James Version. Jesus is narrating:
Will your Master tell you to "enter into the joy of your Lord"? Or will you be party to the weeping and gnashing of teeth?
What are your talents? What have you done to make the most of them?
What is the meaning of the Lord's saying, "to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away"? Can you think of any other parable that has a similar perplexing warning?