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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Bible Study - verse by verse # 71

Matthew 25:1 This parable is about a wedding. On the wedding day the bridegroom went to the bride's house for the ceremony; then the bride and bridegroom, along with a great procession, return to the groom's house where a feast took place, often lasting a full week. These ten virgins were waiting for the procession, and they hoped to take part in the wedding banquet. But when the groom didn't come at the expected time, five of them ran out of lamp oil. When Jesus returns to take His people to heaven, we must be ready. Spiritual preparation cannot be bought or borrowed at the last minute. Our relationship with God must be our own.

Matthew 25:15 The master divided the money (talents) among his servants according to their abilities. No one received more or less than he could handle. If he failed in his assignment, his excuse could not be that he was overwhelmed. Failure could come only from laziness, hatred toward their master, or fear of him. The talents represent any kind of resource we are given. God gives us time, gifts, and other resources according to our abilities, and He expects us to invest them wisely until He returns. We are responsible to use well what God has given us. The issue is not how much we have, but how well we use what we have.

Matthew 25:21 Jesus is coming back - we know this is true. Does this mean we must quit our jobs in order to serve God? No, it means we are to use our time, talents, and treasures diligently in order to serve God completely in whatever we do. It means doing our daily work out of love for God.

Matthew 25:29, 30 This parable describes the consequences of two attitudes to Christ's return. The person who diligently prepares for it by investing his or her time or talents to serve God will be rewarded. The person who has no heart for the work of the kingdom will be punished. God rewards faithfulness. Those who bear no fruit for God's kingdom cannot expect to be treated the same as those who are faithful.

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