Parables of reward – Jean-Louis Laflamme (facebook)
In several parables, Jesus indicated that faithful disciples would receive great rewards. Sometimes the reward is described as rulership, but Jesus also used other ways to describe our reward.
In the parable of the vineyard workers, the gift of salvation is symbolized by one day’s wage (Matthew 20:9-16). In the parable of the virgins, the reward is a marriage banquet (Matthew 25:10). In the parable of talents, the reward is described in general terms: being put “in charge of many things” and being able to “share your master’s happiness” (vv. 20-23).
In the parable of sheep and goats, the blessed disciples are allowed to inherit a kingdom (v. 34). In the parable of the servants, the faithful servant is rewarded by being put in charge of all the master’s possessions (Luke 12:42-44).
In the parables of the pounds, the trustworthy servants were given rulership over cities (Luke 19:16-19). Jesus promised the 12 disciples rulership over the tribes of Israel (Matthew 19:28; Luke 22:30). Members of the church in Thyatira were promised authority over the nations (Revelation 2:26-27).
Jesus advised his disciples to “store up for yourselves treasures in heaven” (Matthew 6:19-21). By this, he implied that what we do in this life will be rewarded in the future…
To Clear up The Confusion of : “What is A Talent?” In Relation To The Parable of The Talents — Hint it is not a “Talent” God has given, like: Sports, Singing, Sculpture, Painting/Art Work, Writing, Architecture, Design, Teaching, Tradesman, Businessman, etc.., but those things – in an indirect/direct way, relate to the meaning of the word Talent in the Parable !
This is what a Talent is, A Talent is A Large Sum of Money — In The Parable it is a sum of money given to a Servant from His Master according to his ability — The Parable is telling us Jesus wants us to do Business Until He Returns – Business For Him and just “Human Responsibility” – http://www.jacksequeira.org/bstudy18.htm
This is what a Talent/Mina is ::
Here’s the calculation:
- 1 talent = 60 minas
- 1 mina = 3 month’s wages
- 1 talent = 60 x (3 months’ wages) = 180 months’ wages
- 1 talent = 180 months’ wages / 12 months in a year = 15 years’ wages
- 1 talent = 15 years’ wages
So if a yearly wage is $15,000 (about 40hrs/week at CA min wage ($8/hr), Then:
From: wiki.answers.com… | sources: Weights and Measures Table in NIV study bible
Footnote of NIV Bible Luke 19:13
1 Talent Person = $225,000
3 Talent Person = $675,000
5 Talent Person = $1,125,000
That’s kind of a lot of ‘money’ Jesus has given to us — In talking about Mina’s I think Greg Laurie was saying that is maybe just a person’s life. — Greg Laurie – Minas —
The Parable is telling us Jesus wants us to make something happen/To do Business For Him. Also, to maybe just make the most out of our lives but with a major focus in Relation to Jesus Kingdom.
Remember This :: Matthew 13:23 But he that received seed (The Word of God) into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
The Business that Jesus wants us to be about doing ::
- Evangelism – Fisher of Men – Giving our Lives to The Gospel as much or best as we can – Handing out Tracts (Preaching, Teaching – if this is our gift/place in The Body) — Edifying each other/The Body of Christ. | — 1 Corinthians 12 | 1 Corinthains 13
- Feeding The Poor, Sheltering The Homeless
- Visiting The Imprisoned and Sick
- Clothing the Naked/Giving Water to someone — In Jesus Name
- Utilizing our Gifts from the Holy Spirit 1 Corinthians 12 or 1 Corinthians 13 (Love)
- If we can’t do some/lot of things above, giving to Ministries that do those things is Hopefully just as good !
The Catholic Catechism says: The Purpose of Life is: To Know, Love & Serve God – So if anyone is living their life without these three things in view, that person’s life is pretty much null and void – even though they may be a Successful Person by the world’s standards, i.e. Money, Job, House, Business, Stocks and such.
In Relation To Our “Abilities” in Relation to the Money of Talents being distributed — Each person is given money according to their Abilities :: Defintion of Ability
But Let’s Remember All These Things Too ::
The Seven Gifts of The Holy Spirit :: From Wikipedia (looks like good info)
- Fear of The Lord
Interesting to note in America :: If you have a roof over your head, clothes on your back and food in the refrigerator, you are among the top 75% Richest in The World.
If you have money in your wallet, bank and some spare money/change in a dish you are among the top 92% Richest in The World — The Scripture Verse: To whom much is given, much is required.
The Parable of The Minas (Greg Laurie Message) – has a Millennial Reign Aspect to it possibly — In The Book of Revelation it says we will be Kings with Jesus and will Rule and Reign with Him. It could be how we have lived our life on earth, will determine how much authority we will have — Maybe Jesus will set some as ruler over 10 cities, or over a Nation etc..
The Bible says too, that God will wipe away Every Tear — There is probably going to be in The Millennium, Differing Degrees of Exaltation — Hence when Eternity Starts after the Millennium, this could be when God wipes away all tears.
At The Bema Seat of Jesus – A Person’s Life is going to be Evaluated — Some may do good and others not so good – hence tears.
Parable of The Talents/Parable of The Minas/Parable of The Sower
Parable of The Talents
Matthew 25:14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. 16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. 17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. (continue reading…)