Let me start by saying this is probably my favorite parable in scripture. It just hits so close to home on many levels and I want to share with you how it has shaped my understanding of what being obedient means.
Mat 25:14 For the Kingdom of Heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
Mat 25:15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
Mat 25:16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
Mat 25:17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
Mat 25:18 But he that had received one went and dug in the earth, and hid his adoniy’s money.
Mat 25:19 After a long time the adoniy of those servants came, and reckoned with them.
Mat 25:20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, adoniy, you delivered unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
Mat 25:21 His adoniy said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant: you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things: enter into the joy of your adoniy.
Mat 25:22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Adoniy, you delivered unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
Mat 25:23 His adoniy said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things: enter into the joy of your adoniy.
Mat 25:24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Adoniy, I knew that you are a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not strawed:
Mat 25:25 And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the earth: lo, there you have that is yours.
Mat 25:26 His adoniy answered and said unto him, You wicked and slothful servant, you knew that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
Mat 25:27 You ought therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received את my own with usury.
Mat 25:28 Take therefore the talent from him את, and give it unto him which has ten talents.
Mat 25:29 For unto everyone that has shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that has not shall be taken away even that את which he has.
Mat 25:30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
So what does this all mean? I’m sure there are layers upon layers buried in here, but for me, I understand this in its simplest terms. We are given something and we are required to turn that into more. If we do, more will be given to us. I’ve seen this play out in my own life, and I’m sure if you look back, you will have to. But rather than analyze what has been said here, let me instead tell you the story of how I was the guy with the 1 talent. That’s right. I took my talent, buried it in the sand, and gave it right back. If only I could take it back… To some extent, I’ve tried and I believe Yahuah has rewarded that behavior.
Enter Adam Fink
If you don’t know who Adam is, I suggest you stop here and do a quick YouTube search for “Parable of the Vineyard.” I found Adam in 2017 and he has been instrumental in my walk ever since. After I met Adam, I ended up building his website and managing a bunch of his internet related stuff. Every year, Adam’s ministry holds a nationwide baptism event. I had the honor of hosting a baptism location up here in Franklin, NH. The first year that I participated, we had a lot of people show up. We did something like 13 baptisms, and there were around 25 people including the families.
So there it is. Yahuah had given me 13 people. Of course some of them came from far and wide, so not all of them were destined to be a part of our flock. But most of the people that came, I’ve lost contact with. What a shame. Here I am praying for a Sabbath group, Yah sends me all these people and I didn’t once thing “maybe I should ask these people if they want to stay in touch.”
It wasn’t until next year’s baptism that I realized how much I’d screwed up. I read this parable probably 50 times or more each year, just reading through Matthew. And one day, it just hit me. I’m. That. Guy. Really. So, I did what any repentant heart would do and I called everyone from the first baptism, I emailed people, I just started reaching out to everyone Yah had ever thrown my way. I prayed, fervently, and told him that I didn’t realize what I was doing and that I would be grateful for another chance. Thankfully, he delivered. I now stay in touch regularly with most of the locals that came to the first baptism. And we’ve started a monthly Shabbat fellowship with the crew that came to our second baptism. And believe me, I will never let a single one of these people go.
Don’t be me. Learn from my mistakes and recognize that when the Father gives you something you’ve always wanted, you need to do more than just give him back what he gave you. You need to multiply it.
It Happened Again
I’ve wanted sheep for as long as I can remember. Honestly, I’m not even really sure why. I don’t really eat lamb that much, and I’m not a farmer. But, if you read literally any part of the Bible, it’s likely you’re going to be confronted with some sort of farming metaphor. You really can’t escape it. And part of me wanted to know: What does it all mean? So like basically every faithful servant, we got a live lamb to celebrate the Passover. A friend of mine actually covered the cost and I drove 4 hours to pick up a lamb of suitable age. We didn’t have anywhere to keep him other than a horse stall in the barn, so that’s where he lived.