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“I Was After the Best”

March 26, 2013

[On that first Palm Sunday, Jesus Christ was welcomed into Jerusalem with great fanfare from regular people.

It’s long past that day, we’re not in Jerusalem, and he’s not riding on a donkey today.  How can we honor and celebrate Christ today?  Four chapters after the Palm Sunday scene, Matthew’s gospel account gives us three stories Jesus told to help answer that question.]

This is the second of three Parables in Matthew 25 as we move into Holy Week.  This one has traditionally infuriated people, caused arguments, and generally not been comforting.

It’s sometimes called The Parable of the Talents and sometimes The Parable of Investments.  Interpretations abound yet questions remain unanswered.  There’s a real threat in it that’s even worse that yesterday’s dire ending for “the foolish ones.”

Context is key.  I’m trusting you to find today’s passage in your Bible or read to this online:  Matthew 25:14-30.

Towards the end of the story the first two people have been made full business partners with the original owner.  The third one, however, is blasted with these words in Matthew 25:26 (The Message version) —

“That’s a terrible way to live! 

It’s criminal to live cautiously like that! 

If you knew I was after the best,

why did you do less than the least?”

This Holy Week, when we’re reminded what Christ did for us and all with which God now entrusts us, may those words sting us where we need to be stung.

As Matthew 25 says in three different ways, better now than later.

Way better.



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  1. Janet permalink

    If this is about sharing that with which God has entrusted us (money, intelligence, wisdom, love ),to draw people to Him and furthering the kingdom I get it. If it is just about money, I don’t understand.


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