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"I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you" (Matt.25:24-25)

You probably recognize today's verses as coming from one Jesus' parables. If you did, you were correct, as it is from the Parable of the Talents. A talent in Jesus' day was a huge amount of money. The first century historian Josephus offers perspective about its value when he says that the entire annual tribute given to Herod Antipas at that time from all of Galilee and Perea was 200 talents. Only an extremely generous man would entrust a servant with just one, not to mention two or five. He gave each of the three men a very significant amount of money, having judged that some might be better able to use what had been entrusted to them than the others. So he gave five to one servant, two to another and one to the last. It is clear to me that he wanted them to use what he entrusted to them wisely. As the parable unfolds, the man given five talents doubles what he has been given, and presents it to the master upon his return. Likewise the man who received two talents doubles his. Today's verses tell what the man who was given one talent did with his. Complete with excuses, the third man explains that he dug a hole and hid the money, returning only what had been given to him, back to the master. The master called the men into account for the way they had used what he had entrusted into their care. It would be good for us to read and meditate upon this parable. (Matt.25:14-30) I will make a more personal application tomorrow...

Have a great start to your week...Begin it with a RAK or two or three.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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