Matthew's parable of the talents
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The study was set out with objectives to explore the interpretation of the parable of the talents expressed in Matt 25:14-30: To explore the social-economic world of Jesus in the first century Palestine and aspects of stewardship that Jesus was teaching, and to come up with conclusions from this parable which we Christians might make for our daily lives and ministry.
This study employed a biblical-historical method as well as Bruce Malina and Richard Rohrbaugh’s social-scientific analytical method to explore the text (Matthew 25:14-30). The study: Discusses some current interpretations of the parable, the social-economic context of the parable; presents a textual analysis of the parable, looking into the cultural background of the text in the first century Mediterranean world; gathers observations that suggest the roles of the servants as models of Christian stewards who should have faith so as to use whatever resources that God has entrusted with them.
The findings indicated that faithful response is to take care of whatever is entrusted to us. It also revealed that all the three servants exhibited distinctive abilities to the master.
The exegesis and interpretation of the parable of the talents help us to understand that good work is a fruit of faith. God always gives us everything we need to do what he has called us to do: We are not all created equal: We will be held accountable for whatever talents that God has entrusted with us.
Jesus teaches us that while we wait upon his return, we have to believe and faithfully respond to the obligation of spreading the gospel that many may believe and turn to Lord. If we engage God’s resources otherwise we shall be judged wicked and lazy. Faith in the lord is greater than fear.