Lesson: Parable of the Talents
Scripture: Matthew 25:14-30
The parable of the talents is a parable about what God expects us to
do. As many of us enter the society after the completion of our
we have to face the question of how to be a faithful servant of the
Should we all become ministers? Is there anything wrong with
money instead of entering ministry? How do we know whether we are
doing enough for the Lord or not?
* talent - literally, it is a weight
so the actual value depends on what metal it refers to. For gold,
it is well over one thousand dollars. This word just so happens
be the same word as ability and in the parable it also symbolizes one's
Some Points of Interest:
* huge amount of money -- the master really
the servants: one talent is a rather big amount to ask a servant to
assigning the amount based on ability -- the master really knows his
servants' abilities, and he does not ask for more than they can handle.
* leaving the country -- Jesus is away in
Heaven but promised to return one day.
* amount of money made is proportional to
the amount given -- the first two servants both did their best but the
second one made less because he was given less to begin with.
rewards other than the money, however, were identical.
the suggestion of putting the money in the bank -- this is the least
one can do.
1. The master knows the abilities of his servants. Why is this
mentioned explicitly? What does this tell us about what God
of us? Does He know our abilities? Is He sometimes the
of our abilities?
2. Why is the master equally happy with the first and second servants,
even though the second servant only made two instead of five talents?
3. Why is the last servant called "wicked and slothful?" Is it
because of his lack of ability? Do you think the master was fair
in calling him that way?
4. If you were the one with the one talent, and you know that you are
not good at making money, what can you do? How can you be a good
and faithful servant despite your lack of ability?
5. What does it mean to put the money in the bank? What does
the bank do? What is the analogy for us today?
6. How do we know how much ability we have been given?
7. Are our abilities set and unchangeable, or can some of them be
or expanded by other efforts?
8. Why did the master give the one talent to the servant who already
has ten? Isn't this taking the money from the poor and give to
9. The Bible tells us about different positions and gifts. What
does this imply about our career choices?
This lesson was developed by George Huang. Got a question or want
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Last updated: 2/10/2000