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Matthew 25 Bags of Silver

Posted by adventbiblestudy on August 23, 2015


Here is an example showing how highlighting key words can bring out the most in a parable or story. This example will show a few details most people miss, and will show how Jesus taught parables in a sequence so each added onto the others.

Notice the conversation between the master and first two, successful servants.

Matthew 25:20-23 NLTse The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, ‘Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.’ (21) “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’ (22) “The servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more.’ (23) “The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’

Now compare those two the the third servant.

Matthew 25:24-27 NLTse “Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. (25) I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’ (26) “But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, (27) why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’

Notice how the conversation with the 1st and 2nd servants is repeated. But the 3rd servant is different. Compare the differences. The 1st servant was entrusted with 5 bags of silver. The second received 2 bags. The 3rd, notice how it described him. “The servant with one bag of silver.” It didn’t indicate if he was entrusted or received the silver he had. This parable also reveals how evil servants will misuse the small amount of silver they have.

Notice where he hid the money. In the earth. This shows where the evil servants will get their information. Where they invest their time and efforts. Also notice how the 3rd servant changed the subject. And how the master used that subject to make a fool out of him. The 3rd servant claimed to know the master, but didn’t know the master, or his job at all.

Now here is the real treat. Look back a few stories Jesus told that day. What do you see? Another story about a master leaving and putting a servant in charge.

Matthew 24:45-47 NLTse “A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them. (46) If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward. (47) I tell you the truth, the master will put that servant in charge of all he owns.

When we’re given God’s Word as in investment, we are supposed to figure out how it increases like the seeds in other parables. How it produces a crop that multiples. That one servant thought he knew how that works. That’s why he changed the subject. Like the master pointed out, if he really understood, there should have been an increase to show. One seed buried in the ground does not grow to produce a single seed. Evil servants with one coin are people who cut out one verse from God’s wealth of knowledge and rely on their own wisdom, or the wisdom of the world to explain it. As shown in the parable, they take that single verse and change the subject.

God’s Word should not be singled out and buried. In other words, never use worldly wisdom to explain God’s Word. When God’s Word is properly invested, it will expand.

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