THE PARABLE OF THE UNFORGIVING SERVANT
Matthew 18:21-35 NKJV
21 Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”
22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.
23 Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.
24 And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.
25 But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made.
26 The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, ‘Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’
27 Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.
28 “But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’
29 So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’
30 And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt.
31 So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done.
32 Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me.
33 Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’
34 And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him.
35 “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”
From this parable, two debtors were mentioned, both debtors were servants, the first debtor was owing 10,000 Talents while the second debtor was owning 100 Denarii. The question that came to my mind is; "How many denarius is equal to one Talent?" After surfing the internet for answers, I was able to find out that 1Talent = 6,000 Denarii and 1Denarius=1 day wage.
Let us do some mathematics here.
The second debtor is owing the first servant a 100 Denarii which means one hundred days wage (if he's saving his wage everyday without spending from it, he will be able to pay his debt in 3months and 10 days).
On the other hand the first debtor is owing the Master (Master of both servants) a sum of 10,000 Talents which is equal to (10,000 x 6000) Denarii = 60,000,000 Denarii. If 1 Denarius is a day wage, the first servant will be able to pay the Master His debt in about 165,000 years (if he's saving his wage everyday without spending from it).... The magnitude of his debt can be felt when the master ordered that; He (the Servant), His wife, His children and all He had should be sold to pay His debt.....(Matthew 18:25).
He pleaded with with the Master, the Master had compassion on Him and all His debt was cleared.......wow, what a compassionate and a merciful Master.
I can imagine the joy on his face as he leaves the Master's presence, I can picture how his countenance changed immediately he spotted his fellow servant who his owing him a 100 Denarii. The bible says "he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’" the second debtor fell at his feet and beg that he should give him some times that he will pay all (Just like the first servant begged the master). But the first debtor (whose debt has been forgiven) went and lock the second debtor up in the prison.....huh!!!
LESSONS FROM THIS PARABLE
1. God so much love us (very compassionate and merciful to all sinners who turn to him) that He gave His only Begotten son to die for our sins so that we can live in life eternal. The magnitude of the price paid by Jesus Christ (Who did not commit any sin) on the Cross for the sins you and I committed shows the the kind of debt we actually owed.
That price was paid so that we sinners can be called the sons and daughters of God.
See also this article: (AGONY OF ABRAHAM) especially, "THE ULTIMATE PRICE PAID" part of the article.
2. If God is so merciful to us, we ought to be merciful to each other. We were once sinners, but through the blood of Jesus we have been redeemed. If we see another human like us who has offended us, we should do everything possible to forgive such a person, not because they deserve it but because we have also experienced forgiveness of sins from God when we least deserved it.
3. The first servant desired that his own debtor should be put in the prison till all His debt has been paid... From my own calculation, the second debtor will only be in the prison for only 3months and 10 days (or maximum of four months). The lesson here is, the moment we desire not to forgive people who offends us, we also automatically becomes a sinner before God again. And see the Master's judgement; the first servant should be TORTURED until he should pay what was due to him. From our calculation above, that means about 165,000 years of Torture (I call this, "Eternal Punishment"). Why should we suffer eternal punishment because we couldn't forgive?
Father Lord God Almighty, we appreciate the love you have bestowed upon us by wiping our garments clean of sin, hereby making us you precious sons and daughters.
We pray at this moment that you give us a very compassionate and merciful heart like Yours, so that we will be able to forgive all our offenders without hold a grudge.
In the Mighty name of Jesus we pray.
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