THE EXCUSE OF SIERS, THEIR CODEMATIO.BY ATHAAEL EMMOS, D. D.MATTHEW, XXV. 24.T'/jen he that had received the one talent came^ and said, Lord, Iknew thee, that thou art an hard man, reaping, where thou hast notsown, and gathering where thou hast uot strewed.It is easy to understand the general design of theparable, which contains these words. By the ownerof the servants, Christ means to represent the Creatorand owner of the world. By the servants, he meansto represent mankind in general. By the different tal-ents, he means to represent the different powers andfaculties, and the different privileges and advantages,with which God distinguishes one person from anoth-er. By the two servants that faithfully improved theirtalents, he means to represent good men, who serveGod with fidelity. And by the slothful and unfaithfulservant, he means to represent the sinner, who entire-ly neglects the service of God, and blames him, ratherthan himself, for his negligence. " Lord, I knew thee,that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast notsow^n, and gathering where thou hast not strewed."This language of the slothful servant, expresses thefeelings of every impenitent sinner. From this we mayconclude, that all sinners are disposed to complain of God for requiring that of them, which he has not giventhem. I shall,I. Show wliat God does not require of them, whichhe has not given them ;II. What he does require of them, w^hich he has notgiven them; And.