The parable of the talents, depicted in multiply disciples making disciples pdf 1712 woodcut. The lazy servant searches for his buried talent, while the two other servants present their earnings to their master.
Although the basic story in each of these parables is essentially the same, the differences between the parables that appear in the Gospel of Matthew and in the Gospel of Luke are sufficient to indicate that the parables are not derived from the same source. In Matthew, the opening words link the Parable of the Talents to the preceding Parable of the Ten Virgins, which refers to the Kingdom of Heaven. The version in Luke is also called the Parable of the Pounds.
In both Matthew and Luke, a master puts his servants in charge of his goods while he is away on a trip. Upon his return, the master assesses the stewardship of his servants. He evaluates them according to how faithful each was in making wise investments of his goods to obtain a profit.
It is clear that the master sought some profit from the servants’ oversight. A gain indicated faithfulness on the part of the servants.
The master rewards his servants according to how each has handled his stewardship. A thematically variant parable appears in the non-canonical Gospel of the Hebrews. While the basic story in each of these parables is essentially the same, the settings are quite different.
The setting of the parable of the talents in Matthew 25 is the Mt. In Matthew 24 and 25, the overall theme is end-time events, warning, and parables. The setting of the parable of the minas in Luke 19 was out in the open among the crowd. Zacchaeus had just believed and the Lord acknowledged his salvation.
But, the crowd was now looking for Jesus to set up his kingdom. 30 tells of a master who was leaving his house to travel, and, before leaving, entrusted his property to his servants.
According to the abilities of each man, one servant received five talents, the second servant received two talents, and the third servant received one talent. The property entrusted to the three servants was worth 8 talents, where a talent was a significant amount of money. Upon returning home, after a long absence, the master asks his three servants for an account of the talents he entrusted to them. Well done, good and faithful servant.
I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master. Sir, I knew that you were a hard man, harvesting where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground.