1. Jesus taught His followers to watch and to be ready for His return (Matthew 24:42, 44).
2. It is essential that we always be prepared because the day of the Lord's return will arrive
unexpectedly (Matthew 24:36; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-2; 2 Peter 3:10).
3. To help us be prepared we are studying the Lord's teaching in Matthew 25.
a. (vs.1-13) He emphasized preparation for His return in "the parable of the virgins."
b. (vs.14-30) He continued by showing how to be prepared in "the parable of the talents."
c. (vs.31-46) He showed why we must be ready for His return -- when He returns we will
face Him in judgment.
I. THE PARABLE
A. (vs.14-15) A man, who was going on a long journey, divided his goods among his servants.
1. He would be gone for a long time.
2. He wanted his goods to be taken care of while he was gone, so he entrusted them to his
3. He gave his goods to his servants according to their individual ability.
a. To one servant he gave 5 talents.
b. To one servant he gave 2 talents.
c. To one servant he gave 1 talent.
4. A "talent" was a considerable sum of money.
5. This man trusted his servants to care for his goods while he was gone.
6. The servants would be responsible for the way they used his goods.
B. (vs.16-18) We learn what the servants did with their master's goods.
1. (vs.16) The servant who had been given 5 talents traded with them and made 5 more.
2. (vs.17) The servant who had been given 2 talents traded with them and made 2 more.
3. (vs.18) The servant who had been given 1 talent hid his in the ground.
C. (vs.19-30) The master reckoned with his servants.
1. (vs.19) After a long time the master returned and asked his servants to account for the
way they had used his goods.
2. (vs.20-21) The servant who had been given 5 talents was blessed for his faithfulness.
3. (vs.22-23) The servant who had been given 2 talents was blessed for his faithfulness.
4. (vs.24-30) The servant who had been given 1 talent was cursed for his wickedness and
a. This servant tried to make excuses.
1) (vs.24) He told his master about how hard he was.
2) (vs.25) He revealed his main problem -- FEAR.
3) He tried to return the talent he had been given.
b. The master did not accept the talent or his excuses.
c. This servant was cast into outer darkness.
D. The symbolism in this parable:
1. The man going on a long trip refers to the time between the Lord's ascension and return.
2. The servants refer to the Lord's followers.
3. The master's return and the reckoning of the servants refer to the Lord's return and
4. The blessing refers to eternal life in heaven, and the curse refers to eternal condemnation.
A. The Lord has given us different gifts that He expects us to use (Romans 12:4-8).
B. As stewards of these gifts we have 1 main requirement: FAITHFULNESS (1 Corinthians 4:2).
C. We will be judged on the basis of how we use what the Lord has given us.
D. We must not allow fear to prevent us from doing the Lord's will (2 Timothy 1:7).
E. Those who use their talents faithfully will be blessed when the Lord returns.