Why did Christ, in the parable, reprove the man who hid his talent?


"Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knew that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not
sowed: thou ought therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have
received mine own with usury." Matt. 25: 26, 27.
NOTE - "Servility to wealth," says J. S. Mill, "is a social curse." Vespasian spoke truly when he
said, "Riches are well, if gotten well and well spent"; and Peter Cooper likewise uttered a great truth when
he said, "A man of wealth is but a steward for the good of mankind." James A. Patten, the retired Chicago
millionaire wheat broker, announcing his intention to give away his fortune to charity, said: "I believe a
man should give away a good share of his wealth while he is living. He can't take a dollar out of the world
with him, although I know some men who seem to believe they can. Personally, I mean to get rid of the
most of my fortune. I hope to help many charitable institutions before I die. I doubt the advisability of
leaving any great sum of money to one's children. Many lives have been ruined by large bequests. The
offspring of a rich man are better off if they are required to hustle for themselves." -Washington Times,
November 5, 1910.

What does God design that His Word shall be to us in this world of darkness, sin, and death?
What different results attend the covering and the confessing of sins?
How early does Paul say Timothy was instructed?
7. What did He say of the wars, famines, pestilences, and earthquakes which were to precede these events?
What description does the prophet Jeremiah give of the earth during this time?
19. Just before the pouring out of the plagues, what call does God send to His people still in Babylon?
In what language is the same truth again expressed?

Questions & Answers are from the book Bible Readings for the Home Circle