My last article concluded with my promise to discuss what the consequences were for the wicked servant who did nothing with the talent that he had been given by his master. That is where we proceed today.
The three servants were each entrusted with a certain amount of talent, which the master expected to have yielded a profit upon his return. In order for the servant to meet the expectation of the master, each of them would have had to know the master's character and personality, as I stated in part two of this series. The first two trusted their knowledge of the master and use their resources to gain 100% profit. The third servant, however, is motivated by fear and mistrust. Those motivations caused him to bury his talent in the earth and, of course, returned no profit. The profitable servants are praised, given more responsibility
and invited to enter into the joy of their Lord. The fearful, wicked steward is scolded, rejected and punished by being cast into outer darkness.
This is where Matthew 24-25 come in to illuminate the parable. This message is the first given to the people of Israel who will live in the last days before the Lord returns. Notice Matthew 24:13 "But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” This is a reference to the believing remnant who will receive the promise of the Kingdom. The Lord stated in Matthew 24: 32-34, "Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled." These will be alive when He returns and will have come to understanding and belief in their Lord. Israel, just as the first two servants, will be rewarded in His Kingdom. The basis of their reward will be based on the stewardship of the resources He gave them. On the other hand, fear and mistrust will cripple some as it did the third servant who was rejected and judged.
There is also a universal application to be discovered in this passage. That is where we will continue in the next article. Please take the time to review parts one and two of this series for next week.