- Who is the subject of judgement in this parable, Christians or people in general?
- What do you think the talent signifies? (Note: a talent was a unit of weight and money in the ancient world; a Roman talent was 71lbs of silver = about 15-16 years wages for a common worker)
- What is your reaction to the way the master condemns the last slave?
In the dialogue between the last slave and the master, this last slave seems to be judged just as much for his negative view of his master as he is for wasting the talent he was given. What do you think Jesus is trying to say here?
- In this last story of judgement who is the subject of judgement?
- This parable uses imagery taken from Ezekiel 34:11-24 and Daniel 7:9-14. How does reading this earlier prophecy affect how you understand Jesus’ teaching?
- What is the criteria by which the Son of Man will judge between the two groups?
What do you think ‘seeing the Son of Man’ means in this passage? What is the relationship between knowning Jesus and doing good works of love and mercy?