What The Bible Says
Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
“The kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.... to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey” (Matthew25:14,15). When first attending OSU I was enrolled in PSYC101 and several other 101 courses. The “101” stood for a first year progression in the sequence. That is as far as I got in PSYC... and many other university disciplines; my focus was on engineering. A Christian's focus needs to be on stewardship and Matthew 25 is like STWD101 in Christianity. In scripture the five, two, and one talents are money, but represent a resource given to God's servant. Be careful what you regard as this resource; it is not actual money, this is a parable. It is not a “talent”, like the ability to play the piano or trumpet, as might be errantly taught. To survive, a redneck needs only two teeth that meet (to chew his food), and two brain cells close together (to think his thoughts). The resource could be mental acuity. But if one does not invest and use their talent(s) they are cast into outer darkness! This is pretty serious, so the best fit is that the talent is a knowledge of God. Five talents representing sixty-six books of the Bible, two talents, twenty-seven books of the New Testament and the one talent given represents only the few truths embedded into every human wherein those that bury that resource are “without excuse” (Romans 1:20). Now it fits scripture, “cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness....”(Matthew 25:30). If you are reading this you have five talents i.e. those sixty-six books in your lap. Focus then, on being a wise steward, that is STWD101 for all mankind.
An Essay for week #11 Mar 15, 2020
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