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34: The King’s Return (2) (Mt 25:1-46)
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34: The King’s Return (2) (Mt 25:1-46)

I.       The Basics

A.     Setting

The second half of the Olivet Discourse continues the theme of preparing for the Lord’s coming. The three sections in this passage all  teach us how to be ready for the return of the king. The wise, faithful, and righteous will inherit the kingdom whereas the foolish, lazy, and wicked will be shut out.

B.     Key Verse

            “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming” (25:13).

            “His lord said to 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 lord’” (25:23).

            “And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me’” (25:40).

C.     Did You Know…?

1.       Ten Virgins (25:1): The bridesmaids, who were responsible for preparing the bride to meet the bridegroom. 8/1476

2.       Talent (25:15): The talent was first a measure according to weight, between fifty-eight and eighty pounds (twenty-six to thirty-six kg), and then a unit of coinage, one common value assigned it being six thousand denarii…It may be more sensible to compare the talent with modern currency in terms of earning power. If a talent was worth six thousand denarii, then it would take a day laborer twenty years to earn so much—perhaps three hundred-thousand dollars. 6/516

3.       Bankers/bank (25:27): In Scripture the term bank does not designate a financial institution for the custody of money but rather a “table” or “counter” (Gk. trapeza) at which money changer stood or sat, exchanging coins (Matt. 21:12; Mark 11:15; John 2:15). In Luke 19:23, however, the word apparently approximates “bank” in the modern sense of the word. 10/141

II.    Observation

A.     Outline




B.     Key Words/Phrases

III. Segment Analysis

A.     25:1-13

1. How is this parable related to the teachings in 24:36-51?

2. Why is Christ compared to the bridegroom?

3a. How were all ten virgins alike in what they did?

3b. What made the wise different from the foolish?

4a. What does taking enough oil represent?

4b. What does the fact that oil could not be shared tell us?

5. Why did not being watchful lead to such serious consequences (12)?

B.     25:14-30

6. What must we do with the talents we have received?

7a. On what basis were the servants rewarded or punished? What does this teach us?

7b. Was the master a hard man as the servant claimed in 24? Why did the master himself concede to this claim in 26?

8. What can we learn from 29 in our service?

9. How does this parable show the fairness and grace of God?

C.     25:31-46

10. Observe the beginnings of each section in this lesson and explain the reason for the difference between this and the previous two.

11. On what basis will the final separation be?

12. Who are the least of the King’s brethren (40)?

13. Apply the following to today’s context and write down what you can do in these areas.

13a. Feeding the hungry and quenching the thirsty.

13b. Taking in strangers.

13c. Clothing the naked.

13d. Visiting the sick.

13e. Going to those in prison.

14. What can we learn from the fact that neither the righteous nor the wicked were aware of what they had done?

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