The Parable of the Bags of Gold
14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag,[a] each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them.20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’
21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’
23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’
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? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
I’ve just read through this and found something out. The Lord has laid on my heart the truth of these words. In all that was given to each of these servants, they were ALL entrusted with certain good works.
Even the one who was given one bag of gold, or the one talent was entrusted with it. The parable of the bags of gold here, as entitled, is the parable of the talents. It’s the same parable, whatever title you want to give it.
The Master, (Christ), gives us certain abilities. We are to take whatever we are given and use it for His glory to further His kingdom. If we say that we believe, yet we do nothing for the kingdom – be warned – we will end up like that unprofitable servant. It’s that bit in Revelation where cowards are listed as being those who will not enter the kingdom.
That servant was also entrusted with one bag of gold, or one talent, I say again, was entrusted with it. Whatever amount a talent signifies is not the issue. I know people like to reckon it up and preach on it. But that is not the issue. The issue we should be concerned about is that all three servants – even the one with one talent, or bag of gold were ENTRUSTED with them, and were to use their gifts in furthering the kingdom. Spreading the truth. If you don’t do it, you are robbing God. If I don’t do it, I am robbing God.
Folks, we have been entrusted with the Gospel. Not only do we ask for salvation for ourselves, but we are warned in Scripture not to hide our light. Looking back in the earlier chapters of Matthew, we see something else: Matthew 5 links up with Matthew 25 extremely well. I believe it is meant to. When the Lord tells us in Matthew 5 that we should not ‘hide our light’; for me, it’s exactly the same as the parable of the talents.
We ought to be warned about these things. Do you see the similarity?
Matthew 5:13-16 gives us a bit more of a look into the parable of the talents. This is what it’s talking about. We are given certain good works to perform. We cannot turn away from what we have been entrusted with. Surely, that would be treason?
One good pastor has preached that we have to learn to talk like the Bible talks. Well, my eyes have been opened again today.
(Scriptures taken from biblegateway.com, and biblehub.com)