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I am having a hard time understanding the below passages in scripture. I know the meaning of the parable is that we should use what God gives us wisely and improve the gifts that he gives each of us. What I am wondering is about passage Matthew 25:24 where the man explained that he hid the talent.

 

What does the masters harvesting and gathering habits have to do with why the man who received the one talent hid it?

 

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Matthew 25:24-27

24"Then the man who had received the one talent came. 'Master,' he said, 'I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.'

 26"His master replied, 'You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

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hi nici!
can we to be lazy,and not use the talents that we have received? I will back soon!
blessings
antonio
It would appear that this slothful, foolish servant felt that to have 'invested' his talent and gotten a yield would have been his sowing and reaping rather than the Master's and he was not about to allow Him profit from his labors. How foolish indeed! He had nothing but what the Master had given in the first place but begrudged the thought of giving anything back. And in so doing robbed himeself of what he might have accomplished along with the Master's favor for using his gift.

It is instructive to note that rather than taking responsibility for burying the talent, he blamed the Giver of the gift.

Lessons here to be learned... sml
"Then the man who had received the one talent came. 'Master,' he said, 'I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.'

26"His master replied, 'You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

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The tragedy of the story and the focus of the parable is the man who hid his talent. From him we probably learn the most. First, the talent was not his in the first place; it was on loan. Second, Christ shows that people bury their gifts primarily out of fear. Third, the whole parable illustrates that regarding spiritual gifts, one never loses what he uses. That is a powerful lesson: If we use the gifts that God gives us, we cannot lose! The one who was punished never even tried, so God called him wicked and lazy. His passivity regarding spiritual things doomed him.

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