The Twenty-third Sunday of Pentecost
A Fearful Man Hides His Treasure
Matthew 25: 14 - 30
Luke 19: 11 - 27
Jesus came to earth so that we might live lives of faith instead of lives of fear.
He tell a story about a fearful man who is not only punished by his own fear, but who is also punished by the man he fears, as well.
This story becomes a harsh lesson, but Jesus knew that fear builds on itself, doubles back, and increases to something much greater than the fear was in the first place.
This story is a another parable. Can we figure out who the characters in the story stand for?
1. In the story, who is the master of the servants?
[In the story, the master of the servants represents God.]
2. In the story, who are the servants?
[The servants are the people of God.]
3. In the story, the master gives the servants a lot of money. What does the money represent?
[The money represents all the gifts that God gives to his people.]
4. What did the fearful servant do with the money?
[The fearful servant buried the money in the ground.]
5. What does God want us to do with all the things he gives us?
[God wants us to use and to share with others all the things that he gives us.]
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