Commentary Conroe FCC Hole Or Whole

First Christian Church in Conroe, Texas

The Hole or The Whole
Matthew 25:14-30 - Story of the Talents
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These are notations taken by a Messianic Believer in a Christian Congregation.

As a Believer in the Jewish Mashiach, my first inclination is that the story has little to do with the monies at hand and the purpose of the servants to keep making profits for the master that left and came back to collect. To my surprise and relief, the Pastor came to a similar conclusion. Then, after some thought about how the Gospel came to the Jew first and then to the Gentile in order to provoke the Jews to jealousy for salvation that had come to the goyim, it seems that there is more to do with the people who were to be brought into the Kingdom and how we need to replicate the profit of souls for HaShem.

The pastor explained that Yeshuah was informing the apostles that a new thing was coming; that He is constantly advocating staying alert and at attention doing the will of the Father so that when He comes there is a good report of His servant and his actions. This is a rather loose translation, though within this idea is the context of this passage in that we are to be ready for the King to return at any hour as has been shown to us in the example of the bridesmaids as in the passage before this one. Since we are saved by grace unto faith and trust in HaShem to complete that which He began – but with the keeping of Torah as is the expectation of those who love Him because they want to keep His Will and be like the Living Word – it would be safe to say that a tighter translation is that we need to be continually doing His Will so that when He comes then there is a profit of souls who saw something they wanted of G-d as was born in His people. In any case, the basis of these summations are those things which are of worth to HaShem and what the hand of His people do with them.

First of all, let us take a look at the word “talent” so that we may have a better understanding of word pictures. The term itself in the Greek is Talenton meaning a measure of weights used in off-setting a balance to lend to the summation of a value of worth such as coinage. This is where we get the idea that he was using the example of money in the story simply as a representation of various levels or amounts of worth. If you look at this term in the Hebrew, it comes from Karar (Heb. 3769) and means to dance or whirl, and comes from a base root Kikkar (Heb. 3603) meaning something round such as a tract of land or a coin. (Keep that round idea, because we will come back to it later.) Further as a derivative (keeping in the Heb. 3700 block of reference), Karah means to prepare or buy even to the end of getting a bargain. Kerah is to purchase, Kara is to bend the knee or sink or prostrate oneself (this is interesting to me).

In the next step, we will examine the letters that create the words from the Hebraic perspective, since the attentional focus was Hebrew. Kaph and Resh are the letters that make these words. The only difference here basically is the Niqqudot (or vowel points) in how you pronounce them. Kaph is the palm of the hand, and Resh is the head or beginning. We have now started to see something of understanding come out of these.

So here is the wisdom I would like to bring forth based on this understanding. When dealing with anything material, whether it be land, money, or even people who are worth everything to HaShem, it is important to remember that the goal is to be in effectual action in any way, manner, action, or task that affects growth of the Kingdom. Everything that we have a hand in has its ending based in the beginnings of what happened at the palm of our hand. When we do something with it, that something needs to be rooted in the idea that we are staying ready for the return of the King and want to show from our hands that thing which would please Him. The Fruits of our Labors are the increase which should be seen. These fruits are the mercies shown to others in their times of transgression, the sacrifices made to help others be better or more than they were, the kind word in the face of anger, and the praise we have for HaShem in the salvation from punishment we would have otherwise for not keeping His Torah. We are told that his mercies are new every day, but also is the teaching that those who sin more have much more of which to be forgiven and therefore need to be shown more grace and mercy. It is not because we sin that we must have mercy, but it is because of the love of HaShem that mercy has been shown to us. And, in that mercy, He saves us from ourselves.

The Gematria on this is facinating as well. The value of Kaph is 20 and the value of Resh is 200. Together we have 220 which when added together yields 4 and is the value of Dalet. This letter Dalet means door. This meaning fills out nicely several ideas:

  • We should be ready at all times for HaShem to show up again at our door.
  • The door to HaShem is in being ready for Him by keeping His Torah Law where possible and trusting in Him for grace and mercy to give us salvation when we cannot.
  • We should show others how to keep His Torah in the best way we can, and accept His grace when we cannot, by what comes out of the door of our own hearts and lives.
  • Finally, only the door of Heaven can be opened by the palm of the hand owned by the head or beginning of everything Whom is HaShem the Source.

In further example is that idea of roundness that I stated we would return to from earlier, in the thought that HaShem "gives us the whole of life and all the things in it so that we can be a blessing to others," as pastor put it. I would further surmise that in light of G-d's Plan of Salvation, this parable has more to do with spurring on one another in the abilities they have been given so that they can bring His people into the Kingdom in multiplications. [This is where being a living example of the Torah Law comes into play, because it provokes His people to jealousy and makes them want to come and take and “interest” in things so that they can eventually be “reaped” into the Kingdom. This is just my take on it.] So in the opportunity to be a blessing to others, a major part of that blessing (or empowerment and support) is bringing them to themselves in their sins and helping them see how to repent and what the Torah Law is that identifies that sin while also standing with them in G-d's favor to have mercy on those who accept the payment made for their transgressions which they cannot pay themselves and continue to live in that same mercy; thereby leading them into the Kingdom of HaShem and His blessings by that saving grace.

And this is why we teach to all and attempt to keep as a bar of standard in our own lives the Torah Law. Because we know we are saved by grace through faith but need an outward example of our love to Him for others to see, we help each other keep it to perfect our own love walk with HaShem and at the same time we give His Chosen people the knowledge of His Salvation when they see us keeping what we are not required to keep and want to know why we do it. This is our open door (remember Dalet above) to their hearts so that we can bring them to salvation.

Side Note: Based on the Greek talenton and the Hebrew kara, I can see a one term teaching right there on how the worth of one is measured by the trust they have in HaShem when they are on their knees or prostrated to Him in prayer. But we may make a whole other study out of that one later.


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