Parable of the Ten Talents Luke 19:11-28, Mt 25:14-30

Hook: Have some monopoly money handy and some prizes ready. This is my monopoly money. I'm going to give you each a bill to take care of for me. Pass out the money. Now remember, it's my money, not yours, and I'm trusting you to take care of it for me. We'll do something with it later.

Now let's get straight into our Bible story for today.


Book: Luke 19:11-28

11Now as they heard these things, He spoke another parable, because He was near Jerusalem and because they thought the kingdom of God would appear immediately. 12Therefore He said: A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return. 13So he called ten of his servants, delivered to them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Do business till I come.’

14But his citizens hated him, and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We will not have this manto reign over us.’ 15And so it was that when he returned, having received the kingdom, he then commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.

16Then came the first, saying, ‘Master, your mina has earned ten minas.’ 17And he said to him, ‘Well done,good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.’

18And the second came, saying, ‘Master, your mina has earned five minas.’ 19Likewise he said to him, ‘You also be over five cities.’

20Then another came, saying, ‘Master, here is your mina, which I have kept put away in a handkerchief. 21For I feared you, because you are an austere man. You collect what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’ 22And he said to him, ‘Out of your own mouth I will judge you, youwicked servant. You knew that I was an austere man, collecting what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow. 23Why then did you not put my money in the bank, that at my coming I might have collected it with interest?’

24And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give itto him who has ten minas.’ 25(“But they said to him, ‘Master, he has ten minas.’) 26For I say to you, that to everyone who has will be given; and from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. 27But bring here those enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, and slay thembefore me.’ ”

28When He had said this, He went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.

The New King James Version. 1982. Thomas Nelson Publishers.: Nashville


Look: Thumbs up if true, thumbs down if false and give the right answer.

  1. As Jesus was walking to Jerusalem, He told a story about the Kingdom of Heaven. T

  2. A nobleman was called to be queen over a distant empire. F

  3. He give his servants some money to invest while he was gone. T

  4. The first servant lost all the money. F

  5. The second servant gained five times what he had. T

  6. The third servant had to give his money to the first servant. T

  7. The enemies of the nobleman were killed. T

  8. A parable is a story describing the kingdom of Heaven. T


Took: Romans 12:1-13 1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, whichisyour reasonable service. 2And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what isthat good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

3For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. 4For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

9Letlove bewithout hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10Bekindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.

In this parable, the nobleman/king represents God or Jesus. His servant represent us. Jesus has given each one of us, and that includes you, certain gifts and talents which we are to use to further His Kingdom. The more we use these gifts or talents, the more He gives us.

1 Corinthians 12:31 But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.

1 Peter 4:10 As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. However, if we don't use the gifts or talents He has given us, if we are unfaithful, then He will take them away and give them to someone who will use them, as the master did in the parable.

Finally, those who didn't want the nobleman as their king were killed. If we don't accept Jesus as our Lord and King, we will be separated from God, and thrown into the Lake of Fire, that is known as the second death. Rev. 20:11-15 11Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. 12And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is theBookof Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. 13The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. 14Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.



Now line up and let me see the money I gave to you to take care of. Those of you who took good care of the money will get a prize. Those of you who didn't take good care of my money, if it is ripped, torn or wrinkled, get nothing. If the bill is in good shape, give that child another bill, if the bill is ripped, torn or wrinkled, take it away. Set out prizes for those with money to buy. Can you tell me how what we just did relates to the story Jesus told?


MV: 1 Peter 4:10 As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.


P to P: Compare the Luke parable to Matthew 25:14-30. why is there a difference? Jesus told similar parables to different audiences at different times.

Matthew 25:14-30 (NKJV)

14For thekingdomofheavenislike a man traveling to a far country, whocalled his own servants and delivered his goods to them. 15And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey.

16Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. 17And likewise he who hadreceivedtwo gained two more also. 18But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money.

19After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ 21His lord said to him, ‘Well done,good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’

22He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ 23His 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.’

24Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, thereyou have whatisyours.’ 26But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. 27So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. 28Therefore take the talent from him, and give itto him who has ten talents. 29For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. 30And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

The New King James Version. 1982. Thomas Nelson Publishers.: Nashville


Do you want to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of the Lord.”? Or do you want to hear, “You wicked and lazy servant, be cast into outer darkness.”?