Verse of the Day

February 19, 2007

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Here’s today’s verse of the day:
14“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them.15And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey.16Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents.17And likewise he who had received two gained two more also.18But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money.19After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.
20“So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’21His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’22He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’23His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’
24“Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed.25And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’26“But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed.27So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest.28So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.
Matthew 25:14-28 (NKJV)

This is the Parable of the Talents in the Bible that Jesus speaks. A talent was a large sum of money, about six thousand denarii. A denarius represented the day’s wage for a typical working man. So this was a huge amount of money we’re talking about that was given to each of these people.

This parable shows what is important to Jesus is faithfulness. Yes this applies to money but it also applies to anything God has given you. It illustrates that a person must use what God has given or else lose it. This includes abilities and spiritual gifts, as well as material possessions.

Verse 27 even talks about earning interest from the bank. It’s not wrong to make money off of banks! It’s in the Bible. So get your money out from your mattress and deposit it into a high yield savings account! We’ll talk more about this in the next couple of days, so stay tuned!

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