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Talent (Greek; n. talanton — tal’-an-ton ): Originally “a balance,” then, “a talent in weight,” was hence “a sum of money” in gold or silver equivalent to a “talent.”
When we think of talent in modern day, we consider our abilities and gifts. Coming across the word talent in the Bible, though, brings a literal weight to the definition.
Talents were, originally, money. In Matthew 18:21-35, Jesus lends us the ‘Parable of the Unforgiving Servant’ in response to Peter’s questions about forgiveness. Peter wanted to know how many times we should forgive a brother who sinned against him. In the parable, a servant owes his master ten thousand talents, and the master is poised to sell not only him, but his wife and children as well, in order to settle the debt.
To illustrate, The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia states: “In Matthew 18:24 the vastness of the sum, 10,000 talents (f2,400,000), indicates the impossibility of man’s clearing himself, by his own efforts, of the guilt which lies upon him before God” (Bromiley, “Money”).
Think about that for a moment. Imagine owing someone so much, that you could never possibly pay your own debt. So much, that the equivalent was several lives.
Consider…that rather than gathering boundless lives as payment for our sins, our Lord Jesus Christ paid the entire debt with His own. Keep reading...