04 October 2020

Sunday School Special : Lesson 28

Sunday School Special : Lesson 28
Text: Matthew 25:14-30

Rev Dr Charles Tan
Sunday School Special

Message Notes

Text: Matthew 25:14-30
Subject: Parable of the Talents


1. Review
Types of Parables

a) Single
b) Double
c) Triple
d) Related
e) Extended with illustrative features

2. Study

a) Understand
b) Apply


1. A related parable to the Wise and Foolish Virgins Parable

2. Common theme: To be watchful and faithful while awaiting the Return of the Lord

Matthew 25:14-30

1. A man traveling to a far country

2. He called his servants

3. He gives his goods (talents) to his servants

a) Five talents
b) Two talents
c) One talent
A talent is a measure of money. It is about 6000 denarii.

4. The servant entrusted with 5 talents
He made another 5 talents

5. The servant with 2 talents
He made another 3 talents

6. The one who was given 1 talent
He hid the talent in the ground

7. The lord of the servants returned after his long journey

8. Reports were given to him

a) The first servant was commended for having earned 5 talents
i) Well done
ii) Good and faithful servant
iii) You were faithful over a few things
iv) I will make you ruler over many things
v) Enter into the joy of your lord (Matthew 25:21)
b) The second servant was also commended for having earned 2 talents
The commendation was the same as the first servant! (Matthew 25:22-23)
c) The third servant who had one talent entrusted to him
i) Lord, I knew you to be a hard man
ii) Reaping where you have not sown
iii) And gathered where you have not scattered seed
iv) And I was afraid
v) And went and hid your talent in the ground
vi) Look, there you have what is yours (Matthew 25:24)
d) The rebuke of the master
i) You wicked and lazy servant
ii) You knew that I reap where I have not sown
iii) And gather where I have not scattered seed
iv) So, you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers
v) And at my coming I would have received back my own with interest
vi) Therefore, take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents


1. Two similar parables

a) Parable of the 10 Minas (Luke 19:11-27)
b) Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30)
c) Similarities
i) To reinforce
ii) To exhort
iii) To remind

2. Responsibility and accountability

a) Salvation
i) Joy
ii) Identification
iii) Waiting faithfully
iv) Waiting wisely
b) Service
i) Responsibility entrusted
ii) Accountability will be given

2. Important truths to bear in mind

a) To everyone who has, more will be given (Matthew 25:29a)
b) And he will have abundance (Matthew 25:29b)
c) But from him who does not have,
even what he has will be taken away from him (Matthew 25:29c)
d) And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness.
There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 25:30)

3. Things to check

a) Salvation
b) Service
i) It is closely related
ii) “Saved to serve”