Week 5 Homework
Matthew was most likely written by Matthew the tax collector who was one of Jesus’ disciples. His intent is to connect the Old Testament idea of the Messiah to this New Testament reality that Jesus is God with us (Immanuel). Matthew is establishing that Jesus came to confront evil and restore God’s reign by teaching His people what it is like to live and be a part of God’s family. In this parable (story to teach a moral lesson) Jesus teaches about the radical nature of the forgiveness of other people. It is a major value for people in God’s family.
CLICK HERE to read Matthew 18:21-35 (NLT)
Points to Ponder:
In the Jewish religion it was often taught that if you forgave someone three times you were being quite generous. Peter steps it up a notch and says he will forgive up to seven times.
Jesus takes it to an even different level. The number (seventy times seven) is not the number of times we should forgive, Jesus is stating that we should keep forgiving without keeping count. God forgives us without keeping count so we should do the same.
That was an astronomical/unthinkable amount of money that this man owed.
In comparison this second man owed a very small amount. Notice that the words the debtor used to ask for mercy were almost identical to the words this man had used before the king (verse 26).
A great question for all of us, “Shouldn’t we have mercy on others in the same way God has had mercy on us?”
A true disciple is characterized by forgiving other people because that disciple has truly experienced unbelievable forgiveness. Not forgiving others might show that more of the kingdom needs to penetrate our hearts.