In our reading today we have the words to open up Leviticus 4:1 “And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying:” All of the 84 verses of Chapters 4-6 are the direct statements of God speaking to Moses period. In fact as one commentator wrote 717 verses out of the 832 verses in the entire book of Leviticus are the direct words of God speaking to Moses. This is one of the ways that the Bible was conveyed to us by God. It is the same in the four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John where we have Jesus the second Person of the Godhead speaking to us and written down. Other means were used also, as Peter writes in his second epistle that the word of God came not from the will of Man “…but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost (2 Peter 1:21). However it was conveyed to us we have the assurance the the Scriptures can be believed and we can base our eternity on them. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).
In our reading today we have the parable of the talents. Depending on the translation or Greek dictionary you check at, the term talent could mean money or it could mean a talent, ability or a gifting. One of the individuals was given five talents another was given two and another was given one talent (Matthew 25:15). After the Lord returned he called them and wanted to know what they had done with what he, the Lord had given them (Matthew 25:14-19). The individual that was given five talents had gained five more talents (Matthew 25:20), the Lord being pleased, and said: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord (Matthew 25:21). The individual who received two talents gained another two talents and the Lord was pleased with him as well (Matthew 25:22, 23). The individual who had received just one talent, instead of gaining other talents went and buried the talent in the earth and hiding it (Matthew 25:18). When time came for him to give account for the talent his answer for horrible. Matthew 25:24, 25: “Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25:25 “And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.” When I look at the adjectives describing this person, afraid (Matthew 25:25), wicked and slothful (Matthew 25:26), in the whole counsel of God, I see a man who did not access the abilities that his Lord gave him, he remained wicked, because he did not take advantage of the blessings available to him, he was fearful (Revelation 21:8) and lazy Hebrews 6:11, 12). All three of these negative attributes keep him out of the kingdom of heaven. We all have talents and abilities that God has given us, let’s use them for his glory and not hide them in the earth.