We heard one of Jesus’ parables this morning, the Parable of the Talents. A ‘talent’ was not a special ability, like painting or dancing or writing; a talent was a weight of silver or gold. A large weight. The talent referred to in the parable probably weighed about 35kg, and was worth around $18000 or so today.
This parable isn’t too concerned with the first two slaves, who received ten talents (350kg of silver!) and five talents (175kg!).
The main character is the third slave, who received one talent. Still, it’s a lot of silver! And this slave goes and buries it, all 35kg of it. Must have been a dirty great hole! I’d be worried that someone would come along and find it.
Which reminds me of another parable. Can you guess which one? It’s the one about the Treasure Hidden in a Field. Listen:
The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
In other words: if you have a treasure—dig it up, don’t hide it away! Continue reading