This is Pastor Marnie Leinberger’s sermon from Sunday, November 16, 2014. The scripture is Matthew 25:14-30. In our service we read from the New Revised Standard Version and from The Message, a modern interpretation by Eugene Peterson. We read both with the hope that our understanding will be enriched.
This is from The Message:
14 “It’s also like a man going off on an extended trip. He called his servants together and delegated responsibilities. 15To one he gave five thousand dollars, to another two thousand, to a third one thousand, depending on their abilities. Then he left. 16Right off, the first servant went to work and doubled his master’s investment. 17The second did the same. 18But the man with the single thousand dug a hole and carefully buried his master’s money. 19 “After a long absence, the master of those three servants came back and settled up with them. 20The one given five thousand dollars showed him how he had doubled his investment.21 His master commended him: ‘Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.’ 22“The servant with the two thousand showed how he also had doubled his master’s investment.23 His master commended him: ‘Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.’ 24“The servant given one thousand said, ‘Master, I know you have high standards and hate careless ways, that you demand the best and make no allowances for error. 25I was afraid I might disappoint you, so I found a good hiding place and secured your money. Here it is, safe and sound down to the last cent.’ 26 “The master was furious. ‘That’s a terrible way to live! It’s criminal to live cautiously like that! 27If you knew I was after the best, why did you do less than the least? The least you could have done would have been to invest the sum with the bankers, where at least I would have gotten a little interest.28-29 “‘Take the thousand and give it to the one who risked the most. 30And get rid of this “play-it-safe” who won’t go out on a limb. Throw him out into utter darkness.’
The New Revised Standard Version can be found here.