The best rendition of the title tune from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly I’ve heard was from the ‘Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain’. Watch and listen here; (https://youtu.be/pLgJ7pk0X-s)
This post isn’t about those three, I direct your attention to ‘The Called, and Chosen and Faithful’.
“These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.” (Revelation 17:14)
I am convinced that Matthew 25 is giving as a lesson of being called, chosen and faithful.
Matthew 25:1-13 The Parable of the wise and foolish Virgins.
The 10 Virgins were called to the wedding of the Master. The wise brought extra oil for their lamps while the foolish did not. As the Master delayed His return they all slept.
When the Master arrived the foolish realized they did not have enough oil to enter the wedding supper. They attempted to get oil from the wise but had to leave to find oil.
The Wise (those who were ready), entered with the Master and when the foolish returned, they were denied entrance. They were not prepared for His Coming.
The Parable of the Talents: Matthew 25:14-30
The Master, before he left for a far country, brought his servants together and gave them Talents according to their abilities. To one he gave 5, to one 2, and to one, 1. When he returned he asked what was done with the Talents.
The one with 5 had increased them to 10, the one with 2, to 4, the one with 1, had hidden the 1, and only had that to return.
No excuses were accepted, the two that had increased their Talents were praised and given more responsibilities. The one who hid the Talent was banished to outer darkness.
Matthew 25:31-46 The Parable of the Sheep and Goats.
The end of time, all are gathered to the judgment, the Sheep are those who did the will of the Lord.
“For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.” (Matthew 25:35-36)
These are the Sheep, who were welcomed into the Kingdom, the Goats had done none of the above and were condemned to everlasting fire.
This chapter of Matthew has been taught many times, about being ready, being wise with money, and obedience. I would like to direct your thoughts to the Spiritual.
The oil is the Anointing of the Holy Spirit, we must spend time with Him being continually filled with His Spirit. (Ephesians 5:18). The called.
Walking with Him, in His Yoke, and enter the feast.
The Talents, the Reformation Bible Study says of talents:
‘The English word “talent” meaning a natural endowment or special ability is derived from this parable.‘
Let us look beyond money, Jesus did not leave us money to build His Church, but the Gifts of the Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12-14; Romans 12:6-9; and Ephesians 4:12-16)
The one talent I believe is the Gift of our prayer language.
1 Corinthians 14:2
“For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.”
It is both the simplest Gift to acquire and the Gift most rejected. People will not give their mind and mouth to the Lord. (Very sad).
People do not understand the difference between our prayer language, where we talk in private to God and tongues and interpretation, which is a public Gift.
I believe all would accept any or all of the other Gifts, but when they reject the first given, it may hinder the acceptance of the rest.
Please do not bury the Talent, the Lord would have you to increase, ask for all the Lord would give you to increase the Kingdom. The chosen.
The Sheep and Goats. The easiest way to compare is the Sheep follow, while Goats always BUTT.
The Sheep accept all the Lord says and gives. While the Goats question whether these things be possible?
“And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.“
Saints we need to act on the impossible, trust the Lord, Walk with Him and Build the Church of God.
“With signs and wonders, by the power of the Holy Spirit, Preach the Full Gospel of God.” (Romans 15:19)
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