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The Parable of the Talents From: Dr Peter Watkins 18 Nov 2011 (05:22)
The Parable of the Talents

This is a well known parable
Matthew 25 V 14-30
It is so short I will copy the NIV version here.

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.’

In Greek and the authorised King James version a bag is refereed to as a talent. A talent was simply money. 1 talent was thought to be worth about 20 years of a labourers wages.

Today the UK minimum wage is £5.93 per hour for an adult. So in one week his would be £237.20 a week which is £12453 a year. Over 20 years this would be £249,060

An incredible £250,000 pounds.

This is just 1 talent, or in this version a bag of gold.

So we have the ratio 5, 2 and 1 which is:
£1.25 million, £500 thousand and £250 thousand

It just happens today 18th November 2011 gold is £1092.84 an ounce. I will come to his in a moment because it significant and the price of gold fell today. So how many ounces do we need to make £250,000. Answer 229 ounces = 14.3 pounds in weight, about a stone.

Hence this would be the weight of the bag of gold today (7 nags of sugar)

That is old fashioned English. This puts it in today’s terms.

First conclusion is that the Master (God or Jesus) is very generous.

1 Chronicles 29:3 (KJV)
Moreover, because I have set my affection to the house of my God, I have of mine own proper good, of gold and silver, which I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house.

This was a king giving to he house of the Lord so he same principle applies. God has given each of us different amounts of wealth which he is trusting to us to invest wisely

It is no good moaning that God has not given you anything because he has. Also this is about money but it could equally be abilities or what we think of as talents in the English language today.

Psalm 112:9(KJV)
He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour

So we have to admit that God has entrusted us with money and expects us to work with it to produce more money.

It is interesting that with the 5 and 2 bags of gold the both owners managed to double the investment. The reward was You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.

God always tests how faithful we have been with a small amount before He entrusts us with more. If we havn\'t been faithful the punishment is severe.

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.’

Have you ever noticed that those with money make more and those who are poor seem to waste and lose everything they have|?

This punishment is for the servant, by the way.

As Christians we can be very sure of our salvation based on what Christ has done, but there are many accounts in the bible and this is one that show we will be judged on what we do.

This has got to be the case, if you think about it.

By the way this parable is tied into the millennium which is a thousand years reign with Christ on the earth when he returns. At this point God will put different individuals in charge of different areas such as cities. This is the next even to follow when Jesus Christ returns again.

Jesus is a Jew, and there is one thing I know about Jews is that they are good with money.

Below is an article I have copied from the internet
http:// www.jewcy.com He has put a link to share his so I am sure it is OK for me to share his with you

Jews Are Good At Making Money
By Levi_Brackman / October 13, 2008

There is no doubt that there is a major connection between Jews and money. Even as Jews seek to sweep it under the carpet, it is still the largest elephant in the room, especially in these bad economic times. Here is an example of this. I contacted a famous young Jewish entrepreneur and asked him to endorse Jewish Wisdom for Business Success. The publisher sent him an advance copy of the book. He looked at it and then said he didn’t like the notion written in the book that Jews are associated with making money. Then he stopped replying to my email. After much persistence on my part, his assistant sent me a message saying he did not have time to read the book and therefore would not endorse it. Now, whether this particular person likes the notion or not, the notion is out there. From my research talking to people across America, Jews are associated with money in everybody’s mind. And it is not a bad thing. The bad thing is if we allow others to believe that the reason why Jews are good at making money is because they cheat, or because there is some other conspiracy that Jews all share in. The Israeli Daily Newspaper the Maariv, in an extensive article about Jewish Wisdom for Business Success and the anti-Semitic association between Jews and money, claimed that the book could not have come out at a worse time. I respectfully and passionately disagree. This is the most important time for this book to come out. At a time when the disgusting anti-Semites are coming out and trying to take charge of the conversation about Jews and money, and as these vile creatures are spreading their hatred and idiotic conspiracy theories all over the internet it is about time that we Jews take charge of the conversation. This is exactly what my book intends to do. Yes it is a fact that Jews are disproportionally successful in business. We Jews only make up 0.2 percent of the world population (yes less than half of one percent) but we make up more than ten percent of the Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest people in the world. Also forty six percent of Jews in the United States make over 100k a year while only fifteen percent of the rest of the population make that amount. These are facts not stereotypes. So why are Jews disproportionately successful? Why are so many of them making more money when compared to the general population? This is a legitimate question and it deserves our attention. Just because the vile anti-Semites use these facts for their own nefarious means does not mean that we should avoid or try and ignore them. If we do they will certainly remind us of them and not in a way we enjoy. Some have tried to answer this question by saying the Jewish success has to do with the fact that in Europe they were forced to only be involved in finance. But if this was the case then why are thirty percent of Noble Prize winners in the sciences Jewish? Some say it has to do with genetics. But I don’t buy that type of racist ideology either. The real reason for Jewish success in all areas (not just finance) in my opinion has to do with the Torah. There are wisdom teachings found in the Torah that Jews have imbibed for thousands of years. These wisdom teachings feed directly into successful practices not just in finance, but in the sciences as well as in many other fields. Now some Jews may not know that there outlook comes from the religion of Judaism. However, I have found that Jews who have never even opened a Jewish book still believe in intrinsically Jewish ideas that stem from the Torah. After probing, often they heard these ideas from a Jewish grandmother they were close with or from a great uncle. But in the end they can almost always be traced back to Jewish ideas that come from the Torah. The beauty of this theory is that these ideas that feed into successful practices do not have to remain exclusively with the Jews. If we are magnanimous we can share them with others. This is what Sam Jaffe and I have done with our book Jewish Wisdom for Business Success. Now, by reading the book, anyone—even anti-Semites—can learn the secret of Jewish success. Jewish Wisdom for the difficult economic times: In the Torah we find Abraham negotiating with G-d. Here is an idea that can help you in the current financial times. Like Abraham don’t always just negotiate over the bottom line. Sometimes other things might be more important and you will win through them. For example keeping your current job may be more important than seeking a raise. If you hear that your company is going to cut jobs you may even suggest to your boss that you will be willing to take less money in order to keep your job in these troubled economic times. In all negotiations in these troubled times where capital is scarce look beyond the dollar signs and try and negotiate on other things (the terms and conditions) that are also very important to you. (Learn how to negotiate in Chapter 5 of the book).

Rabbi Levi Brackman, co-author of Jewish Wisdom for Business

We are not old how long it was that the Master was before he returned. We know he gave 20 years of wages so perhaps it was 20 years.

Looking at the highest rate of return form a UK bank today. The Yorkshire bank pays 3.75% per annum

So 250,000 invested over 20 years would be, using the compound interest formulae

P = principal amount (the initial amount you borrow or deposit)
r = annual rate of interest (as a decimal)
t = number of years the amount is deposited or borrowed for.
A = amount of money accumulated after n years, including interest.
n = number of times the interest is compounded per year
We have

So this makes sense. If the man had invested in the Yorkshire bank over 20 years he would have nearly doubled his money.

But he didn\'t he buried it. So with what ever inflation was his money would be worth less.
I don\'t think for a minute the time period was 20 years. Do you know why? The other two business ventures doubled I think that would take about 2 years

N0w if you had £250 and the return was 75% per annum that would give you £4103 return over 5 years. That is 16 X the principle over 5 years.

Why do I say this? Because in trading today you can easily make 75% and up to 400%. How do I know? Because this is what I do. Is it gambling? NO

Now here is the challenge? Are you willing to invest £250 of you own money in your own account, if I show you what to do?

This is the offer. I can just imagine God at the end of the age holding us all in judgement because of this. What do I get from it? I get commission from signing you up. I know many of you would try to bypass me just because you wanted to be nasty. Why? Because that is exactly what I would do before my attitude changed.

I have put a lot of time and effort in advertising this.

I also know that many of you will not take the risk. Statistics say 9 out of 10

That\'s not my problem it is yours.

Here is the link. Any problem please email me.