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The Parable of the pence.     Matt.20:1-16.

In the parable of the pence each worker received the same wages ‘a penny for the hours they worked’ That was the amount agreed in advance before they started. Some commenced in the early morning, some at the third hour, some at the sixth hour, some at the ninth hour, and some at the eleventh hour. Those who had started earlier objected to being paid the same as those who had started at the ninth or even the eleventh hour. They were reminded that they were given the amount for which they had agreed to work and had not been unjustly treated.

What lesson can we draw from this parable. Not every believer is given the same number of years to serve the Lord. Some dear believers are called home at a young age and their time of service is short, Some because they are saved later in life have only a few years of service. Some believers are granted a long life and have many years of service. The parable of the pence teaches us that our service whether it be long or short will be amply recommenced by the Lord according to our faithfulness to Him in the span allotted.

 

The Parable of the talents.   Matt.25:14-30

 

In this parable the time period is the same for each of the servants. We are told in (Matt.25:19)‘After a long time the Lord of those servants cometh and reckoneth with them’. While there was equality as to time, there was a difference as to the resources they were given. One received five talents, One received two talents and One received one talent. A talent in New Testament times was a piece of money. The servants were given different amounts.

Verse 15 says that the number of talents were given to every man according to their several ability. Perhaps because of this parable we have derived the use of the word in the present day. A talent has come to mean an ability or gift a person may have.

There was therefore equality as to time but difference as to their ability. How then were the servants rewarded on their Master’s return?

The servant who received five talents had made 100% profit and he now had ten talents.

He was commended by his master with the words ‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make the ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.’ The servant who received two talents had also made 100% profit and had four talents.

He was commended with the same words.

The servant who received one talent had no gain, He hid his talent in the ground for safe keeping.

He received no commendation but the sternest of rebukes from his Master for being a wicked and slothful servant.

The lessons we can learn are. The Lord will hold us responsible for our use of the ability He has given us. Let us not be as the servant who buried his talent in the earth. Maybe the lesson here is that we can make our priority the things associated with earth and not live for eternity .Paul speaks of those, ‘Who mind earthly things’ (Phil.3:19)

 

The Parable of the pounds.   (Luke19:12-26)

The Servants in this parable had an equal amount of time. They were given also an equal amount of money, one pound each with which to trade. The parting instruction given to each by their master was ‘Occupy (Do business for me) until I come. The master returned, the day of reckoning had come. He called his servants to ask how much they had gained by trading.

The first said your pound has gained ten pounds. The master commended him saying ‘Well thou good servant, because thou hast been faithful in a very little. ‘Be thou over ten cities.’ The second came saying, Lord thy pound hath gained five pounds. The master commended him and said ‘Be thou over five cities.’ Another servant came bringing the pound he had been given. He had safely kept it, wrapped in a napkin. He had gained nothing by trading. The pound that He had was given to another. Not only had he gained nothing but his result was a loss.

Paul writes in (1 Cor.3:15)‘If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire’.

The lesson from the parable is that we will be rewarded according to our faithfulness in the service to which the Lord has called us and our stewardship of that which the Lord has given us. The reward will include further responsibility in the coming kingdom, to one he said, ‘Be thou over ten cities’, to another he said,‘Be thou over five cities’.

Rewards will be given when the Lord returns.(Rev.22:12)‘And behold I come quickly; and my reward is with me , to give every man according as his work shall be’. Some Christians may say ‘I don’t mind if at the end there is little or no reward for me’.

They overlook the fact that those who are given crowns in (Revelation 4:10,11)cast them down before the throne and exclaim, ‘Thou art worthy O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created’.

 

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