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.

Upon what conditions is an understanding of divine things promised ?
How is unity preserved in the diversities of gifts?
What was offered in this sanctuary?
What does Christ say about our duty to the state?
How are the people described who are developed by the threefold message here referred to?
Why was Christ declared worthy to open these seals?
Why are its gates not to be closed?

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