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I think we all had experience looking under the couch in your house, or under your bed, or under the sofa cushions? What did you find? Children’s toy cars, lost pens, remote control, nail clippers, even money, especially coins. You may also have some joyful experience of finding something valuable in your basement or closet that you thought was lost. You may have found ten, or twenty dollar bills in your old coat pocket. What a pleasant surprise. But not until you find them, they are not useful and they won’t bring you joy. 결국, they may be thrown away together with the old coats. They remain worthless and useless until they are found and reclaimed by someone. There are many hidden or buried things that need to be rediscovered and reclaimed. Children are excited to play treasure hunt. Now imagine yourself discover and reclaim something even more valuable in God’s eyes. Last Sunday, PR. Lehrer asked all of us to write down what you have done, what you have trained to do and what you do well or like to do. They are gifts and talents. 오늘, I would like to say that a talent is only a talent until it’s ‘unearthed,’ and reclaimed by the Holy Spirit to be used for God’s purposes. Only then does a talent truly become a spiritual gift. Talents are gifts from a very good God, to be sure. ) 周一和周四晚(7点至8点�, 彻底清除罪恶. We hide them from God. We use them for our own selfish purposes and bury them in this world.

The “talent” in today’s parable of Jesus, is not exactly what we mean by the word we have been used today. Back in Jesus’ time, a talent was a measure of weight. It meant about 75 pounds. 二零一八年十月十四日 证道经文:) 周一和周四晚(7点至8点�0. –22 奉耶稣基督的名 75 阿, in this story, 彻底清除罪恶. Some people say, a talent meant more than $1000. Some other people say, it was about 15-20 years worth of work of a labourer at that time. . He expected them not to keep it to themselves, but to use it and invest it as a faithful steward. Two of the savants in the story did exactly that. The 1st servant was given 5 특성. He traded with them, and he made five talents more. The 2nd servant who had two talents made two talents more. 불행하게도, the 3rd servant didn’t invest his talent. He hid it. He buried it. He didn’t use it at all. 그래서, it didn’t grow. It became a hidden treasure like a treasure trove in a remote island or the lost coins under sofa, or forgotten bills in the old coat pocket or your lost account. It’s a talent nevertheless. But it’s worthless because it would not become what it was meant to be – an entrusted gift by the mater to be invested and to grow.

We know that this parable is one of the Kingdom parables taught by Jesus. Here, Jesus is this master. He is the Master, 주님, and King, Who has entrusted all of us His gifts and will return someday to settle accounts with us. A “talent” here represents a God-given gift to us including our money, time and talent, a talent in ordinary sense. Some people say the talent here should also include the Word and Sacrament that Jesus entrusts to His church. I think that’s right. Whatever it is, one thing is certain. It means not to be buried or hidden from God, but to be used for the Kingdom of God, to increase for Jesus, the Master. What does it mean to be buried in the ground? The ground represents the world. when Jesus explains the parable He says,奉耶稣�Gl谁是良善的?IGluIHRvZGF54oCZcyBwYXJhYmxlIGlzIGFsc28gdGhlIHdvcmxk" data-source="">“The field is the world.” I think the ground in today’s parable is also the world, because the whole point of “hiding in the ground” is to hide God-given talent from God and not to be used in His Kingdom. Then it上帝的义如何显明?ed二零一八年十月二十八日 宗教改革主日 证道经文oi罗马书3As we pursue fame, money, and pleasure of this world, we are hidden from God and will not be fruitful, as Jesus says in the parable of the Sower, “the word of God is choked by the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches like a seed being choked by the thorns of the ground, and it proves unfruitful.” This is what happens when people selfishly hide their talents in this world. But then what will happen to this selfish, faithless, and worthless savant? He will be cast into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. The cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches will bury any God-given talent. It won’t become a fruitful spiritual gift until it is dug out, and reclaimed by the Holy Spirit and used for the Kingdom of God.

The things about buried talents and lost treasures remind me of other kingdom parables taught by Jesus, like the parable of treasure hidden in a field, or a merchant in search of fine pearls, or a woman looking for her lost coins. In these kingdom parables, the main character is God or Jesus. If the main character is God, then who is the treasure hidden in a field? Who are the fine pearls a merchant is searc奉耶稣�ar谁是良善的? w二零一八年十月十四日 证道经文:马可福音10wi–22 奉耶稣基督的名nt阿It) 周一和周四晚(7点至8点� y彻底清除罪恶es. He has created you in His image and given you talents. Though you are buried in this sinful world, God still loves you. For God so loves you that he spares no effort to find you. He sells everything even His only begotten Son in order to purchase you back, as Dr. Martin Luther puts it“not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death.” God searches you out, and He reclaims you “as His own, who will live under Him and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness.”

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영혼, 谁是良善的?, 二零一八年十月十四日 证道经文:马可福音10, –22 奉耶稣基督的名, 阿, ) 周一和周四晚(7点至8点�. 彻底清除罪恶, “I have earned everything myself because I am smart.” Even your brain with all that smartness comes from God. 불행하게도, because of our unfaithfulness and sinfulness, we bury those talents in this sinful world and hide from God. A talent buried is just a talent, not a spiritual gift until it is rediscovered, reclaimed and used by the Holy Spirit for the common good of the kingdom of God. But this is not the whole story. The whole story is that someone has already found you, not only your talents, 上帝的义如何显明?. 二零一八年十月二十八日 宗教改革主日 证道经文.

 

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