Parable of Forgiveness 10,000 talents and 100 denarii

This parable is recorded at Matthew 18: 23-35. We read:

“Therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. When he began to count, someone was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. And since he had nothing to pay, the sovereign ordered him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and everything that he had, and to pay. Then that servant fell to the ground, and, bowing to him, said: “Sir! Bear with me, and I will pay you everything. ” The Emperor, having compassion on that slave, released him and forgave him the debt. The slave, as he went out, found one of his comrades, who owed him a hundred denarii, and, seizing him, strangled him, saying: “Give me what you owe.” Then his companion fell at his feet, begged him and said: “Be patient with me, and I will give everything to you.” But he did not want to, but went and put him in prison until he paid the debt. When his companions saw what had happened, they were very upset, and when they came, they told their sovereign everything that had happened. Then his sovereign summons him and sayd: “You evil slave! I forgave you all that debt, because you asked me to; shouldn’t you also have had mercy on your companion, as I also had mercy on you? ” And, being angry, the sovereign gave him to the torturers, until he returned all the debt. Likewise, My Heavenly Father will do to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from his heart his sins ”.

Ten thousand talents is a VERY BIG amount of money. Nobody could even earn this amount. However, the slave owed this money to his sovereign. What happened next? His sovereign forgave him this debt. What a GRACE! Grace is an undeserved favor. The sovereign, who is a type of God, did just that: having heeded the prayers of his servant, he forgave him a huge debt. Now the slave was free! He was forgiven! Note that the slave did nothing to earn forgiveness other than pleading with his master. I’m sure each of you will agree that this is the perfect illustration of God’s forgiveness given to me and you. God showed us the same grace and compassion that the sovereign showed to his slave. Ephesians 2: 1-9 says about us:

“And you, dead because of your trespasses and sins, in which you once lived, according to the custom of this world, according to the will of the prince who rules in the air, the spirit now acting in the sons of opposition, under whom we all once lived according to our carnal lusts, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and thoughts, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest, God, rich in mercy, because of His great love, which He loved us, and us, who were dead in sins, He revived with Christ – by grace you are saved – and raised with Him, and seated in heaven in Christ Jesus, in order to reveal in the ages to come the abundant riches of His grace in goodness to us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from you, it is God’s gift: not from works, so that no one can boast. “

Our debt was great. We were dead “for our trespasses and sins.” We were God’s enemies and sons of opposition. What then happened? We repented and believed. We, bowing down before God, like a slave before the sovereign, begged Him for forgiveness. And He forgave! This is grace. We are saved by grace. The same thing happened in the life of a slave – by grace he was saved from a huge debt. Neither I, nor you, nor that slave could repay the debt. Only grace was able to do this. Salvation is only given by faith and grace. Salvation cannot be acquired by good works, because our works will never cover our debt. Everything is fine now. But the Lord doesn’t stop here!

He looks at the actions of a slave who, having received the forgiveness of his debt, did not want to forgive the insignificant debt of his comrade. The slave was forgiven, but he did not behave like a person who was forgiven. Would the sovereign have acted fairly if he had not reacted to the act of his slave? No. He would be completely unfair. However, many people expect similar actions on the part of God in relation to themselves. Having received forgiveness, they do not behave like people who have received forgiveness, and they think that God will not condemn them for it. Was the lord unmerciful when he condemned the slave and demanded the return of the debt that was forgiven? No. His grace was revealed when he initially forgave the servant’s great debt. Seeing that the slave did not act like a forgiven man, but used his freedom to oppress his comrade and demand “justice” for his insignificant duty, the sovereign decided to apply this justice to his slave. Understand grace and justice correctly. God is equally good and just. When we come with sincere repentance, we receive grace. If we do not forgive others, demanding judgment from those who have done wrong towards us, then there will be judgment, but it will begin with us! Our Lord says very clearly:

“An evil slave! I forgave you all that debt, because you asked me to; Shouldn’t you also have had mercy on your companion, as I also had mercy on you? ” And, angry sir gave him over to the torturers until he returned all the debt. Likewise, My Heavenly Father will do to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from his heart his sins ”.

In the Lord’s Prayer, the same thought is traced:

Matthew 6:12:
“And forgive us our debts, just as we forgive our debtors.”

The Lord makes this clear in the following verses 14-15:

“For if you forgive people their sins, then your Heavenly Father will also forgive you, and if you do not forgive people their sins, then your Father will not forgive you your sins.”

A good and kind God is also a just and strict God. Paul combined these qualities beautifully, saying:

Romans 11:22:
“So, you see the goodness and severity of God: severity towards those who have fallen away, but kindness to you, if you abide in the goodness of God; otherwise you too will be cut off. “

As we continue to walk the narrow path of faith and abide in Jesus Christ, who paid off our debts, we will feel God’s kindness and mercy in our lives. If we do not want to do this, but, as that slave, prefer to live as a person who has not received forgiveness for our sins and trespasses, then we should expect God’s severity, not kindness. God is good and just. We choose what we receive.

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