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parable of the talents - matthew 25 - why god isn't a socialist (original vineyard version)

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Published on Nov 21, 2010

a modern interpretation of matthew 25:14-28. this parable stresses the importance the lord places on us being responsible with the talents and resources he has given us, and why the "redistribution of wealth" is not a biblical principal.

taking from those who are irresponsible with their resources to give to those who have shown good stewardship, hard work and dedication may seem like a politically-incorrect, insensitive idea, but it is a biblical one.

note - there are those who are incapable of being able to care for themselves, and that is not what this is about. it's about people who can but chose not to.

another note - god's preferred plan is for the church to be the primary resource for the poor, the widow and the fatherless. ideally, we should not be dependent on the government for such services. occasional assistance is one thing. total goevrnment dependence is another. at no point did jesus or the disciples tell the early believers to look to the roman government for their well being, and we should not be encouraging people to look to our government for the same.

matthew 25: 14 - 30

14 "For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. 15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey.

16 Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. 17 And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. 18 But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord's money. 19 After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.

20 "So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, 'Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.' 21 His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.' 22 He also who had received two talents came and said, 'Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.' 23 His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.'

24 "Then he who had received the one talent came and said, 'Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.'

26 "But his lord answered and said to him, 'You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. 27 So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest.

28 So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. 29 'For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.

30 And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'

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