In order for a seed to grow, it needs fertile soil. When the word of Yahwey is sewn in the heart, it can’t help but grow because there is so much for us to read in the scriptures that will cause that first initial seed of faith to grow.
Matthew 25:14 -30 ¶ For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
This parable seems to me to be about Yahushua trusting us with His word, giving every man a bit so that what He does give will be able to grow and manifest the faith of His servants. To all three men, the traveling man gave so many talents to each servant and each man was supposed keep, guard and grows the sum of money that each was given, each according to his several ability. After the traveling man distributed the portions of his coin to each man, he then left for the far country.
According to the proportion of each man’s faith, he did what he felt empowered to do with the talent that he was given.
After a while, the lord of the servants came back. The one that the traveling man gave five talents to doubled his portion and the master was happy with his return and complimented him on a job well done. In the future kingdom, Yahushua will be King of kings and Lord of lords. I tend to think that this may be a prelude for us to understand that in the kingdom, we will be entrusted to take what we are given or put in charge of and that He expects a return on His portion. What we are doing now with our ability, may very well determine what we will be given to watch over in the kingdom. To those that He gives much, He expects much. However, the same reward is given to both the ones who doubled his talent. Just because one was given five and the other only two talents, did not matter how they only doubled it. The point here is that each one did what he was able to do with the talent that he was given. If both had been given only five, they both would have doubled that portion because they both had faith to multiply what they had been given. The traveling man did not show favoritism by giving a bigger reward to the one who had 10 talents over the one who only had four.
The one who went and hid his talent did not gain anything because he was not willing to do the work required so that the portion that he was given would have a chance to grow. He did not put his faith into action to produce the growth that the traveling man expected. We must keep working in the field, keep our faith activated and continue growing on a daily basis.
It would be better for us to do something with whatever we are given and gain than to do nothing and gain nothing. He will take away what He gives us and give it to others if we are not willing to serve Him with the talent that He gives. He does not expect us to do more than He knows that we are capable of doing. This is why he gives to each of us what He knows that we ‘can’ handle. Those who do well with what they are given and grow the portion that He has offered will receive the blessing both in this life and the eternal life. Everyone has something to contribute to the kingdom. Some will produce great things and some will produce less but as long as each one produces something, they will enter into the joy of the LORD.
I think that the idea behind this teaching is that we are motivated to increase the measure that He gives to each of us. Our energy and whole hearted effort should be to grow a bumper crop so that in times of lean, we can still have something to hold on to like the wise virgins.
The man that replied that his master was a hard man was he possibly making a reference to his master not being an equal opportunity giver? He was only given one talent where the others were given more. Perhaps the thought here is that he might not have felt he had been trusted enough with more so he just hid his talent and by doing so opened his heart to blaming the master rather than blaming his own laziness.
I was wondering, why is it that this servant thought that his master was a hard man. Did he feel over worked already? Did he feel cheated somehow because he didn’t get more talent than the others or at least an equal amount of talent? This causes me to evaluate just exactly what it is that the Lord has entrusted me with. I sure don’t want to hide what He has shared with me. In fact, I like to share what I learn.
It isn’t like The God of Israel has only given so much of His goods to just a few. He has opened the door of learning to all. All one has to do is pick up a Bible and begin reading. I have often thought of the Bible as His last will and Testament, just the same as the will that my father left to eight of his nine children. He dis owned the one son (David) that never came back home after the Vietnam war and had changed his last name. My father saw that as him disinheriting his own self when he changed his name.
Yah forgives us and wants to see us grow and increase. So much so that He provides both the brick and the straw, whatever is needed so that we can continue to achieve greater increase? Maybe this is why some people do not reach out to God. Maybe some people think that He is a slave driver and do not want to be bothered with Him. Maybe they think that He is impossible to please. Hmmmm That’s too bad because when a man sleeps, the enemy is busy sewing tares. Either way, a man is not justified by his own thoughts of who God is or isn’t. The judge of all creation cannot be judged.