Family Bible Study:
““Again, here is what the kingdom of heaven will be like. A man was going on a journey. He sent for his slaves and put them in charge of his money. He gave five bags of gold to one. He gave two bags to another. And he gave one bag to the third. The man gave each slave the amount of money he knew the slave could take care of. Then he went on his journey. The slave who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work. He earned five bags more. The one with the two bags of gold earned two more. But the man who had received one bag went and dug a hole in the ground. He hid his master’s money in it. “After a long time the master of those slaves returned. He wanted to collect all the money they had earned. The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you trusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have earned five more.’ “His master replied, ‘You have done well, good and faithful slave! You have been faithful with a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you trusted me with two bags of gold. See, I have earned two more.’ “His master replied, ‘You have done well, good and faithful slave! You have been faithful with a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man. You harvest where you have not planted. You gather crops where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid. I went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ “His master replied, ‘You evil, lazy slave! So you knew that I harvest where I have not planted? You knew that I gather crops where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money in the bank. When I returned, I would have received it back with interest.’ “Then his master commanded the other slaves, ‘Take the bag of gold from him. Give it to the one who has ten bags. Everyone who has will be given more. They will have more than enough. And what about anyone who doesn’t have? Even what they have will be taken away from them. Throw that worthless slave outside. There in the darkness, people will weep and grind their teeth.’”
Matthew 25:14-30 NIRV
- I need some actors, who wants to act out this story while I read? (If you only have one Child have them play all the parts, let them have fun)
- Read the passage?
- Does anyone know how much one of those bags of gold would have been worth? It would have been worth 20 years of a working persons labor.
- What would you do with that much money?
- Why was the master mad at the servant who buried his gold? (PARENTS NOTE: The has given each servant an amount of gold based on their ability, the master did not expect the servant with one bag of gold to get the same amount of return as the ones with more, but he certainly did not expect him to bury it.)
- Do you think God expects us to do great things for His kingdom with the things he’s given us? Explain.
- Let’s make a list of all the good things Good has given us and think of ways we could use them for God.
- Thank God for being so generous to your family, ask Him to help you keep setting ways to be generous to others with what He’s govern you.