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A Bitter Pill To Swallow

10/09/2023 - Zeke Murley

We find this fascinating and interesting passage of scripture that has a whole teaching that Jesus brought to his disciples. The context for this passage is the disciples ask Jesus about their status in the kingdom of heaven.

21 “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?”
Mt 18:21 ESV

Peter thought he was showing great faith and love when he offered to forgive at least seven times. After all, the rabbis taught that three times was sufficient.

22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.
23 “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. 24 When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. 25 And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27 And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. 28 But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29 So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ 30 He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. 31 When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. 32 Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ 34 And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. 35 So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”
Mt 18:22–35 ESV

In this parable:
The King = God
The Servant = Us

We Owe:
10,000 Talents = 150,000 years Work for a slave = Highest Greek Numeral = More money than was even in regulation at the time = Impossible amount to pay back

We’re Owed:
100 Denarii = 100 Days Wage

Pride to Humility
Offence to Reconciliation
Victim to Witness