Mitch, Curtis & Edward Sri. The Gospel of Matthew. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2010. Kindle Electronic Edition.
“The Coming Judgment Part 2 (Matthew 24:45-25:46)” pp. 316-328.
As Matthew continues his discourse on the judgment to come he records three parables and a judgment scene (Mitch 2010, 316). The first parable discusses a servant placed in charge of a master’s household. Mitch identifies the master as Jesus and the household as the Church (Mitch 2010, 316). The faithful servant is rewarded while the unfaithful one meets a violent end.
The second parable, of virgins and lamps, portrays Jesus as a groom and the virgins as the Christian community (Mitch 2010, 318). Mitch suggests that the situation may well have been a torchlight procession, in which case a torch could be relit after dipping it into a jar of oil (Mitch 2010, 319). Those who were not prepared were cast out of the society (Mitch 2010, 320).
The third parable describes a rich man (Jesus) who leaves his servants to manage money while he is away. Mitch identifies the servants as the disciples and the trip as Jesus’ “death, resurrection, and ascension” (Mitch 2010, 322). The servants received large amounts of money. Those who invested according to the master’s priority are rewarded, the one who did not is cast out.
The narrative closes with a scene of final judgment (Mitch 2010, 324). The Son of Man on his throne divides the people (Mitch 2010, 325). Those whose lives show that they are his disciples enter their reward, while those whose lives do not show them to be disciples are cast out (Mitch 2010, 326). Mitch sees this as a strong call to Christians to devote themselves to works of mercy (Mitch 2010, 326).