Parables of Jesus: The Parable of the Talents


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Jesus declares the parable of the talents.

Matthew 25:14-30
14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who named his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
15 And unto one particular he gave five talents, to yet another two, and to another one particular to every single man according to his several ability and straightway took his journey.
16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the very same, and made them other 5 talents.
17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
18 But he that had received a single went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s cash.
19 Following a lengthy time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me 5 talents: behold, I have gained beside them 5 talents a lot more.
21 His lord said unto him, Properly accomplished, thou very good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a handful of issues, I will make thee ruler more than several factors: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22 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.
23 His lord stated unto him, Well completed, very good and faithful servant thou hast been faithful more than a couple of things, I will make thee ruler over many factors: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an tough man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
26 His lord answered and stated unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap exactly where I sowed not, and collect where I have not strawed:
27 Thou oughtest for that reason to have place my funds to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
28 Take consequently the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
29 For unto every a single 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.
30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

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parable
the stone mason story

An unsatisfied stone mason was quarrying stone a single day, dejected by his plight in life, when the King rode by, mounted on a stallion with a full armament at his side. &quotOh to be King!&quot Cried out the unsatisfied man to the Universe, &quothow considerably far better life would be if I had been King! I would bow to no-1!&quot And the Universe produced it so…

Abruptly his vision was a reality, riding atop a gilded steed, he jeered and thanked the Universe. Until the sun shone too vibrant and the man had to shield his eyes. &quotWhat is that wonderful orb in the sky that tends to make even a king shield his eyes?!&quot &quotThat is the Sun.&quot The Universe responded.&quot &quotThat’s what I want to be! If I had been the sun I would bow to no-one!&quot And it was…

The man identified himself shining brightly above the globe, laying his rays upon the earth. When abruptly some clouds drifted between himself and the globe and again the unsatisfied man cried out. &quotWhat is this that can stop the mighty sun from shining?!&quot &quotThat is a cloud.&quot The Universe calmly responded. &quotThat’s what I want to be! If I have been a cloud I would not even have to bow to the sun!&quot And it was…

As the man floated gingerly along, shading the land from the Sun, he smiled. Suddenly the wind began to blow, and the man had no manage over where he floated. &quotWhat is this that can move a could with out its consent?&quot Cried the unsatisfied man. &quotThat is the Wind.&quot The Universe replied. &quotThat’s what I want to be! If I have been the wind I could move the clouds and I would bow to no-one particular!&quot And it was….

The wind blew and the clouds drifted along without a fight, the man smiled. Suddenly the wind came upon a wall that it could not move, it was forced about and up and over. &quotWhat is this?&quot Cried the unsatisfied man, &quotthat can force the wind to change its direction?&quot &quotThat is a mountain.&quot The universe replied. &quotThen that is what I want to be! If I were a mountain I could cease the wind and I would bow to no-1!&quot And it was…

As the mountain sat there, forcing the wind around and up and over and away, the man smiled. At final he had turn out to be that which bows to no-one particular and he was positive he was happy.

Suddenly, he felt a little tapping at his base and he looked down and there was a lowly stone mason, quarrying rock from the mountain.
By timothy.actwell on 2011-04-19 08:42:19
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50 thoughts on “Parables of Jesus: The Parable of the Talents”

  1. The Lord was described as a hard man who takes from other’s fields.  I interpret that word as meaning "emotionally hardened", or "unmerciful" or even "unjust."  We think of God as kind and merciful, and we seek to serve him with all our life.  Those who doubled their talents perhaps felt the same way.  On the other hand, those who think of God as uncaring feel no desire to serve him; they simply want to avoid all trouble—dodge the arbitrary bullet, so-to-speak (bury the money/talent).  This attitude of failing to recognize the love of our Father in Heaven—his love for that individual, and his love for the people He wants that individual to serve—is perhaps a common symptom of those who are lazy in service.   (maybe I ought to call my Home Teaching families now)  Forgetting the deep love and the very active involvement that the Lord has in accomplishing His work (see, as a reminder, http://www.lds.org/topics/family-history?lang=eng&cid=HPTU012114373&im=true#media=a-voice-said-i-am-not-a-son), some fail to remember that they ought to be doing something for their Lord, instead of merely avoiding the negative things in life, or being kept busy with stuff.  This forgetfulness is a form of laziness—“slothful”—is the word that the scripture uses. Those servants who choose not to serve will end this life with an internal “torment of disappointment” (hell), and a separation from the One they were supposed to be serving, since they apparently didn’t care to remember to serve Him when they were given the choice and chance.  Instead, they remembered to watch sports, purchase and use entertainment, and otherwise ignore the promises they made to their Master.
    I doubt that there are any reading this who are active church members and both spend their time on sports, etc. and think of God as angry and unfair. I instead emphasize that they are spiritually lazy (unmotivated) and forgetful of responsibility.  But those living 2000 years ago in Judea thought of God in negative terms, so that is how the parable was taught to them.  In general, as we are being taught the implications that His love has upon our actions, back then the ancient Judeans were being taught to overcome their cultural bias against the very idea of His love and its function as a motivation to serve.  Perhaps in their case, this parable was not meant educate them about the true character of God, but instead to simply tell them that holding back from complete service and loyalty to Jesus when he was a couple of days from facing the Jewish leaders and Romans and being captured and killed, will not be enough to get them to heaven.  Nor will it be a good idea for them to stop working once the Lord is gone (see Elder Holland’s talk "The First Great Commandment" Oct ’12).   Simply to help them get ready for that trial of their faith, and prepare them for the long time afterwards when they would continue His ministry without him.  For us it means more.

  2. God please allow me to discover and use the talent you have given to me for good and shall you has wish me to do so #Amen

  3. Awesome video. great parable. learning from it. Thankful of God, Jesus Christ. much Love to all watching this, and all in general.

  4. meaning the talents duty is to gain more souls by spreading the Word of our Lord Jesus Christ.. More souls to be added in the Kingdom of God in heaven.. We have to preach the Word of God with our families, relatives, friends, and acquaintances and to obey God’s commandments and He will judged us accordingly at the last day.. the Gospel of God is for us to obey Acts 2:38Repent from our sins and be baptized in His name.. (in the name of Jesus Christ) and we will received the gift of the Holy Spirit(this is the assignment He gave to Peter and Peter gain more souls. not just Peter but also the other Apostles and also St. Paul) read the new testament.so we have to spread His Word (the Word of God) and we will gain more souls to be added in His Kingdom. If we know His Word we should spread it so that more souls will be saved in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

  5. The Parable of the Talents has a powerful message to us all.  Jesus Christ is our older brother and without Him we would not have the opportunity to return to our Heavenly Father.  "BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN GIVEN MUCH I TOO MUST GIVE…." very strong words to live by.

  6. All three servants knew God. They were God’s servants. One was cast into hell by God. This proves just believing in Jesus will not get you into heaven.

  7. The word ‘talent’ in the original Greek is not human abilities. It’s true meaning is a weight of money. 1 talent = about 15 years’ wages of a laborer. Money is something that when is invested can increase and grow. Do you really think that Jesus is going to throw someone out in to eternal darkness if they aren’t using their talents? I believe Jesus was talking about our knowledge of Him. As we seek to truly know him, not what some religious organization has taught us, but Who He really is, then we will grown in our faith, and as a result of faith in Him  (not in ourselves) then we naturally bear fruit. If we bury our knowledge of Him, then darkness represents a world without God in it.

  8. The Lord was described as a hard man who takes from other’s fields.  I interpret that word as meaning "emotionally hardened", or "unmerciful" or even "unjust."  We think of God as kind and merciful, and we seek to serve him with all our life.  Those who doubled their talents perhaps felt the same way.  On the other hand, those who think of God as uncaring feel no desire to serve him; they simply want to avoid all trouble—dodge the arbitrary bullet, so-to-speak (bury the money/talent).  This attitude of failing to recognize the love of our Father in Heaven—his love for that individual, and his love for the people He wants that individual to serve—is perhaps a common symptom of those who are lazy in service.   (maybe I ought to call my Home Teaching families now)  Forgetting the deep love and the very active involvement that the Lord has in accomplishing His work (see, as a reminder, the recent lds video "A Voice Said I Am Not A Son"), some fail to remember that they ought to be doing something for their Lord, instead of merely avoiding the negative things in life, or being kept busy with stuff.  This forgetfulness is a form of laziness—“slothful”—is the word that the scripture uses. Those servants who choose not to serve will end this life with an internal “torment of disappointment” (hell), and a separation from the One they were supposed to be serving, since they apparently didn’t care to remember to serve Him when they were given the choice and chance.  Instead, they remembered to watch sports, purchase and use entertainment, and otherwise ignore the promises they made to their Master.

    I doubt that there are any reading this who are active church members and both spend their time on sports, etc. and think of God as angry and unfair. I instead emphasize that they are spiritually lazy (unmotivated) and forgetful of responsibility.  But those living 2000 years ago in Judea thought of God in negative terms, so that is how the parable was taught to them.  In general, as we are being taught the implications that His love has upon our actions, back then the ancient Judeans were being taught to overcome their cultural bias against the very idea of His love and its function as a motivation to serve.  Perhaps in their case, this parable was not meant educate them about the true character of God, but instead to simply tell them that holding back from complete service and loyalty to Jesus when he was a couple of days from facing the Jewish leaders and Romans and being captured and killed, will not be enough to get them to heaven.  Nor will it be a good idea for them to stop working once the Lord is gone (see Elder Holland’s talk "The First Great Commandment" Oct ’12).   Simply to help them get ready for that trial of their faith, and prepare them for the long time afterwards when they would continue His ministry without him.  For us it means more.

  9. I was born with the talent of Art.  I remember since I was a baby I had dreams of the most Incredible places and worlds.  So I drew them… I became a great artist,  but I only used my talent to give joy and laughter to those who needed it…not money. Then I did well with writing and great stories along with pictures.  Then I started making video games.  RPG games to be exact which are games with a story in it that requires Art, Writing, and I learned how to do Animation.  My mother and my 5 nieces loved them as I put them in these games as characters and I got their personalities down perfectly, There was so much Joy and Laughter.  As well as inspiration…  But my nieces grew up and had to face the struggles with school, money, and work… From 2000 to 2008 I used these talents.  My mother also loved them too.  Beautiful sights, Beautiful music, and Interesting beautiful Stories gave my mother great joy and laughter.  but my mother passed on August 2013… I lost the will to make games, animation, and stories. So I just made pictures on the computer.  I shared these pictures on FB called the New Eden project which is a journey into the 4 seasons in a Heavenly world.  and it made the people on FB happy. As I made them a part of it.  But sadly when I got to the end of December 2014  The New Eden project was finished and I felt despair. So then I decided to make Weather Art pictures of where I live which is all natury.  Almost every day I would look out the window at the land trees and skies and made a picture of it. I kept doing the Weather art as the seasons changed and the weather. 2015 was a dry year where I live, and 2016 was a wet year where I live.  It was hard in the middle of 2016 as I do have Anxiety and Depression and Panic attacks because so many good people have been lost.  It’s always the hardest for me in mid summer… I could not make any more pictures as I had to go to the hospital for panic attacks.  When it got close to Autumn I resumed determined to finish what I started and I did on New years Eve 2016.  Now I am very weary and there is no more inspiration for me to make any pictures and everyone is too obsessed with politics now.  I pray someday God will revive my golden childhood.  Christ was right when he said for us to be child like, because my life is proof of that.  Me my Nieces way back then were happy.

  10. Margaret McCoy, I agree with you and I am a member of the church of Jesus Christ if Latter-day saints. In John 6:40: And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day". Just believing in Christ and his grace he provides through the atonement provides the "bread of life" or everlasting life. You are absolutely right. The Savior himself gives us a reward for simply believing. Rewards are a good thing. If we believe in Jesus Christ we will receive the reward of everlasting life. Just like with our own children here on earth, we provide them with gifts because we love them and on top of gifts we also provide them with gifts/rewards for good behavior. Adding to the gift that we receive of everlasting life through the grace of Christ we also can receive further knowledge/talents/rewards/increase. It doesn’t stop with just everlasting life. Their is a difference between believing in Christ and loving Christ. Both are good. There are not levels to believing in Christ. You either believe in him or you don’t. Loving Christ is different. Love is a verb. It is something you have to sacrifice and work for. You cant just profess to love someone without showing them that you love them. Christ’s answer to the apostle after he professed to love the Savior was this: If ye love me, feed my Sheep. The Savior not only wants us to profess our love for him but he wants us to show our love for him by serving his sheep (others). The servants who invested, served, worked, sacrificed (in essence, loved the Savior by feeding his sheep received a reward). The servant that hid/rejected/didnt use the one talent/gift (the one gift given to every man freely through the grace of Christ-Everlasting Life) was sent to hell with wailing and nashing of teeth. God gives us gifts/talents according to the desires or our hearts. When we are given gifts/talents we choose to use them to serve Christ’s sheep and by so doing will receive a two-fold reward. If we dont use them, work and serve others they, "will be taken, even that which he hath". Sometimes we love/serve others even when we don’t have the best intentions (I.e. to gain a reward or get the praise of men or when we don’t feel like it and just do it out of duty). All of us out of human weakness are guilty of one of these examples. However, we don’t know the intentions of someone’s heart. Only God knows that. One thing we do know, the more we feel God’s love for us the more we desire to share that love by serving others; and the more we serve/love and share whatever our human weakness/intentions may be, the more we know and feel of God’s love for us and our fellow men. We can receive more knowledge/talents/spiritual gifts, "line upon line, precept upon precept" until the perfect day where we will receive, "All that the Father has" which is everlasting life and eternal life (live forever and live with our heavenly father and receive all of his knowledge/talents/gifts) and eventually fill the commandment, "Be he therefore perfect even as your Father in Heaven who is perfect". In the process of serving the Savior we come to "know" and "love" him and find that there is a Father in Heaven. Christ is literally God’s only begotten son. "If ye had known me, ye should have known my father", " all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known", "because they knew not him that sent me". When we know the Savior and love him we become one with the Savior and " joint-heirs" with Christ", "one fold, and one shepherd", " that they may be one as we are", "that they also may be one in us", "Be ye therefore doers of the word and not hearers only", " If ye love me, keep my commandments". "If he had known me, he should have known my Father", "Depart, I never knew you, ye that work iniquity" "bring forth therefore fruit meet for repentance (don’t just profess to repent, show me), "by their fruits (good works), ye shall know them", " tree that not bringeth forth not good fruit is hewn down and cast into the fire", "good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit", " fruit of the spirit is love" (love is a verb),

  11. Jesus, the Alpha and omega, the beginning and end. Before him there was no other.  He is the way the truth and the life, no body comes to father EXCEPT through him, no matter what you do or what you say. No body can go to the father except through Jesus christ.

  12. Reminds me of the baubles and glitter that is shown to us of the world, and some succumb to it….pride and vanity is everywhere, and humility is wanting, except for the humble followers of Christ, you have come to trust the Lord and his servants here in these latter days……Many have longed to await the return of his kingdom and it is here, but yet do not know where to find it, unless we guide them to the light  upon that hill……We have put our light on!

  13. People forget that they call Jesus "Christ the Lord" for a reason. He is our *king,* and as our king, he gives us tasks and duties. To some are given a talent for making money; it is his duty to use that talent in Christ’s name. To others are given a talent for speech; it is their duty to use that talent in Christ’s name as well. Being Christian is so much more than having faith in the Lord. It’s more than proclaiming him as our king. Once we do *that,* it’s time to get down to the business of building the Kingdom of God here on Earth, and preparing for his ever-imminent arrival. That’s what this parable is about: once you admit that he’s king, become his dutiful subject, and don’t simply wait for him to come save you.

  14.    This reality we share is nothing more than a battle between creation and civilization. This parable describes a struggle to uplift civilization. Working hard to increase your wealth is pointless when money is worthless. If you think about it long enough and hard enough you might conclude money is less than worthless. Money was designed to enslave. Those who worship money and wealth either spend their lifetime working hard or they spend their lifetime working hard to enslave others. It is the dream of every slave to someday own his very own group of slaves.
       When the true creator finished with his creation he looked down upon that creation and said it is good. Any tangible good or wealth beyond that creation is civilization. Did the true creator come back a five thousand years later and say "Why didn’t I think of that?"? Probably not.
    Creation good. Civilization bad.

  15. Having knowledge about Jesus Christ does very little for us unless we invest in that knowledge. In order for money/talent to increase it has to be spent. It requires sacrifice and acts of service. If we hide our money/talent or in other words do not spend/use our money/talent/gift the Savior has given us it will be just has if we his it in the earth. It will be of no use to us or anyone. Christ has given everyone talents. He has provided us the means to come back and live with him in heaven. We truly need to be his servants and not simply profess to be his servants. We need to invest in the talents he has given us by working at them, laboring and sharing them with others. This is how we become true followers and servants of Christ. We serve God. We keep his commandments. This is whom Christ will say at the last day, "Well done thy good and faithful servant. Thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make the ruler over many".

  16. Don’t waste your Talents, use them wisely. Help others so you can reap  the benefits. Some have 1 Talent and another has 5 Talents. When you apply yourself, by the use of your Talent/s . Your Talents will increase.

  17. It says in the parable that "he gave his goods". What are Heavenly Father’s "goods"?? Is it not His Divine Nature?? Those "goods"that are his divine nature are collectively called SPIRITUALITY. Does everyone have the same amount or portion of spirituality??? No. But, whatever amount of Himself, of His Divine Nature, His Spirituality, He gave to us that is what we are required to DOUBLE. Double our spirituality. In this quest, we are to come unto Christ, do the things he has done, with charity in our hearts, inviting the Holy Ghost to manifest to us specifically those things he would have us do. By so doing we become his companions and he ours. Until the perfect day comes from practice that we KNOW the things that we should do. In Matthew 25, after the parable of the talents it gives examples how to improve spirituality and the first part, the 10 virgins, is the end result of the extent of improving your spirituality to the degree that the wise ones are holding the overflow or doubling of their "talents", their spirituality in the form of "extra oil". They are the ones who have become like Christ the most. More than the foolish who do nothing in the kingdom, and improve not their relationship with the Holy Ghost, neither take him as their guide. Thereby stifling their own growth and hide their "talent" in the sand.

  18. Why couldn’t God forgive him ????? He is loves every one no matter what they do !!!!

  19. The whole gospel is about how to live a humble life, which means that It’s about not having and owning things including work.

  20. The Savior used the phrase, "Well done thou good and faithful servant" to the servants that increased their talents. Done means you have done something. You have acted. You have served or worked. You have provided increase to society. You have given of your time and talents to build and uplift others. In so doing, you have literally served the Savior himself. The Savior then uses the word, "Slothful" to the servant who his his talent. Slothful means you didn’t work or provide any service. You didn’t help, serve or provide any increase. What’s interesting to point out is Christ referred to the person that his his talent in the earth as his servant. Christ provided him the talent and means to serve him. Instead he buried or rejected his talent and in the end he chose not to be Christ’s friend/servant and was cast out.

  21. His words cut to my heart faster than any sharpened sword.  I am a thankful, humble man to know that He died on the cross, defeated sin and death, and rose again to triumphantly complete my salvation!  Such an incredible sacrifice from not only a great man, but a great and loving God!  Thank you for sharing these!

  22. What is this from? that’s some really good acting.. that kind of dialogue is very difficult to pull off.

  23. As you are able 
    You receive
    Of the Lord, talents
    To achieve.
    Cast them not away
    Neither bury them.
    Be faithful, always
    They are of Heaven!

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