Saturday, 4 May 2013

Matthew 25

Here's how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

v.4 The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps.

The wise were organized. They had planned ahead and didn’t have a problem about not sharing (v.9). The parable speaks of the importance of being prepared spiritually.

Susan said...

v.14 Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them.

Likewise we have been entrusted with God’s wealth.

Susan said...

v.15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.

God does not distribute his “talents” equally. But the more one receives the greater the responsibility.

Susan said...

v.18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

This servant was more interested in safety than in using the opportunity God gave him.

Susan said...

v.26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed?

The servant did nothing – not even something bad. Avoiding wrong doing is not enough. This servant was lazy and God called him, “wicked”.

(From Constable Commentary) "Grace never condones irresponsibility.”

Susan said...

v.31 When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne.

Some commentators feel this parable describes a time that is after the rapture and at the beginning of Jesus establishment of his physical kingdom on earth.