Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 15-NOV-2020 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Rev Dr Greg Elsdon and Dr Judith Raftery
Pentecost 24 – Enough is Enough – In the Parable of the Talents from Matthew's gospel, the "talents" referred to were high-valued units of currency, equivalent to thousands of dollars, in this context a measure not of God-given ability but of material wealth. In the story, three slaves were entrusted with large sums of money, and they were expected to use the money as venture capital during the master's absence. On the master's return, the two slaves entrusted with larger sums both reported a 100% profit on their investments, and were promoted on the spot; while the slave who had been entrusted with the smallest sum of money, and had refused to have anything to do with the master's business affairs, was sacked on the spot. When we are told of the master admitting to being harsh and dishonest, it is a clear indication that he was not meant to represent God, the God of mercy and compassion promoted by Jesus and the prophets. In the context of that period, we have a picture of a wealthy, privileged landowner exploiting the poor through exorbitant interest rates and unaffordable rents, driving the poor and landless even further into destitution. In Matthew's gospel, this parable is one of a block of parables placed just ahead of the arrest, trial and execution of Jesus. The slave thrown into outer darkness was not worthless; he was a heroic whistle-blower who refused to condone the way the poor were being exploited by the wealthy, and he had said that "Enough is enough." It can be concluded that the slave thrown into the outer darkness represented Jesus, who was himself facing the outer darkness of death by crucifixion.
Matthew 25: 14-30

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