The Parable of The Talent Retold – Money Is A Defense
The Parable of The Talent Retold

 

The Parable of The Talent is one of my favorite parables. For years I have read and understood this parable just like everyone else. But what I now realize is that certain levels of understanding only come through experience and in some cases certain types of experiences. What I mean by that is there is an experience you gain by just doing something but there is also another type of experience you gain by HAVING something. I am convinced that God only unlocks certain revelations to people who HAVE a certain type of wealth. People who understand how to give certain types of offerings. This is because it takes certain types of offerings to gain access to how to accumulate certain levels of wealth. This goes for both the kingdom of darkness as well as the kingdom of light. It works both ways just like many financial principles do.

Now before I get into the story of the Talent let me do some fiduciary if you will duties first. The parable of talent told in Matthew 25:14 is not the only parable about money. Nor is it the only parable about an owner charging his stewards to grow his money. There is also a parable called the parable of the "minus" found in the book of Luke 19. But for the sake of my argument, I will stick to the parable mentioned in the title of this article.

The parable of the talent is a story of a man who gave three of his worker's money to trade with while he was out of town. The man gave them different amounts of money according to the scripture which says he did this "according to their ability." He gave the first one five talents. The second one-two talents. And to the third one, he only gave only one talent. He then left town and went on what some Bible Scholars have said to be a seven-year business trip. Or a trip that could have lasted up to seven years. During his absence, the servants were to use the monies that he gave them to do business and grow the money. So one day after his long journey he returned and of course being the businessman that he was he wanted to know how much money his workers had made him. So he called for the servants so that they could give him an account of what they had been doing while he was gone. So the first servant was glad to report that he had doubled his master's money. He had turned five talents into ten. Likewise, the second servant had done the exact same thing and turned his two talents into four. That is a one hundred percent increase. Then comes the third servant in to give an account of his actions and this is really where the story begins. My version of it a least focuses on the third servant and not so much of what he did but what he says.

"Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine." Matthew 25:24-25 KJV

He says "I knew thee that thou art a hard man." Ok, lets read between the lines here. What does mean by this exactly? I believe he is saying he knew that he was a man that didn't play with his money. Then the servant goes on the say "reaping where thou hast not sown." Wow, this servant has a smart mouth. What service do you know talks like that to his master? Or for that matter employee to his supervisor and not get fired. Wait, but there is more "and gathering where thou hast not strawed." Security! At this point, he would have been shown the door. "And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth and so here is your money."

Now, this is just my opinion of this parable and I believe that there is a backstory to this just like with the parable of the Protocol Son. Often times the way Jesus told the parable tends to force us to focus on the subject straightforward and not the other way around. If we take our focus off of the two servants that did well and look deeper into what the servant who buried his talent said I think we will see a different picture here.

First, I believe that the relationship between the last servant versus the first two servants with the master was altogether different. Why? Because of the way he addressed his master. He said to the master "I KNEW YOU" This denotes a close relationship of sorts. Not only what he says gives me pause but how he said it. His tone was not the tone of a servant. Furthermore, he then insults his integrity by saying to his master "you gather where you did not sow." In other words, you reap the benefits of another man's labor. This should have not been an issue being that he is the master who has servants, but it was an issue for the servant who sounded like he was offended here. And then the icing on the cake was when he gave him the exact amount of money that he had been giving from the get-go.

Here is the problem the servant was way way way out of pocket here. He insulted his master then refused to turn him a profit on his investment. Now there is one indication as to why this servant took the position that he took. He stated, "I WAS AFRAID." This speaks volumes to the fact that he was afraid of not just one but for two reasons. He was afraid that his master would harm him if he had lost the money. Two he was the servant who actually had the greatest ability to turn a profit because he was only given one talent. My money mindset tells me that it is harder to grow one dollar then it is five. If you lose the one its game over but there is a greater margin for error with two or five dollars.

To make might point I turn to what the master said to the servant who was afraid."

"His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury." Matthew 25:26-27 KJV

Paraphrasing the master says "You know me and you know that I don't play when it comes to my money. And you know I gave them more than you because they are not as good of an investor as you. That's why I only gave you one because I know that I taught you well and that you had the ability to turn that one into one hundred should you had desired too." but because of your jealousy and offense, you chose to stab me in the back. I know that you turned some kind of profit because what did you live on while I was gone. So you made enough money for yourself but not for me. You wicked @#$%^&. Go to hell and do not pass go.

And there you have it my version of the parable of the talent. If god ha only intrusted you with a little don't complain it may be because he knows that he has given you the ability to turn a little into a lot.

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