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There is food for thought in the repetition of the unprofitable servant's words that he
knew his Lord "reaped where he had not sown". Although the light in which the servant
saw this was wholly false, the fact itself does not appear to be so. The Lord does expect
to reap where He has not sown, namely, through the loving service of His people. They,
however, are only too conscious that this service is only possible "as He works in". The
reward in each case is commensurate with the amount gained. No difference is made in
the case of the one who could say, "I have gained", or the one who said, "Thy pound
hath gained". In each case they are made "rulers", a reward peculiarly given to "him that
overcometh". The words, "made thee ruler" of Matt. 25: 21, and Matt. 24: 45-47, are
the same and emphasize the fact that the parable of the Talents is an expansion of the
shorter parable. The word in Luke 19: 17, "have authority", is echoed in Rev. 2: 26.
The words of Matt. 25: 27 are of great moment. "I should have received mine own
with interest." To this end the Apostle wrote in Titus 2: 10-14, "that they may adorn the
doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. . . . zealous of good works"; or in
I Tim. 6: 18, 19, "that they be rich in good works. . . . laying up in store for
themselves a good foundation against the time to come." The punishment of the
unprofitable servant is no more severe than that of the one who "sows to the flesh", for
Gal. 6: 8 tells us, "he shall of the flesh reap corruption", or of the one who, building
upon the true foundation that which does not stand the test, suffers loss, and is saved so
as by fire (I Cor. 3:). The unprofitable servant is still a servant, and is differentiated
from "the enemies" in Luke 19: 27.
When we were considering the first parable we saw that the various sowings were
reflections of the various ministries of the Lord and His apostles. There is therefore
every likelihood that in this last parable, with its different talents, the apostles' ministries
are in view. Although various parallels have been drawn between the five talents and the
ministry of Peter, the two talents and that of the twelve, and the one talent and that of the
teaching of the Epistle to the Hebrews, we do not feel that we can do more than mention
them, and refer to leave the subject open.
In thus drawing this series to a close, we feel that the reader who has followed the
articles and studied the passages will be at least clearer in his view as to the two great
subjects of the two sets of parables, and while taking to himself many lessons and
receiving much help, will see that to introduce "the Church" into these parables is to miss
their real testimony.
We purpose (D.5:) taking up another line of study in place of the parables, and hope
later to consider the parables of Luke's Gospels, as we have those of Matthew.
May we receive the application of the teaching of the parable of the talents, and be
enabled to fulfil it in the terms of the Epistle to the Philippians.