Chapter 25 continues the theme of being prepared that Jesus began in the latter part of chapter 24. No matter how many times Jesus says in scripture that no one knows what day or hour He will come, still people try to predict it even to this day. The first parable especially emphasizes the importance of always being prepared.
The parable of the talents stresses that we have the responsibility for our own spiritual growth, and for sharing it with others. The “talent” in New Testament times was a fairly large amount of money. The parallel for us is not so much any “talent” we might have as it is just using our abilities productively. The Lord does not want us to be idle in His Kingdom. Verse 32 (“Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats”) continues the theme from Matthew 24:40-41.
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