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Matthew 18:21-35
v. 21-22 – Peter must have felt that to forgive someone 7 times was extremely gracious.
v. 23 – A king settling accounts – God
v. 24 – “ten thousand talents” millions of dollars.
How bad was your sin? How big was the debt that had to be paid for your sin?
The size of your sin debt was horrendous and totally beyond your ability to pay.
To understand the size of your sin debt, look at Jesus’ suffering on the cross.
v. 25 – sold to repay the debt – not an uncommon practice – people and their families could be sold into slavery until a debt was repaid. We were sold as a slave to sin.
v. 26 – What did the servant have to pay off his master? Nothing. He resorted to pleading for his life.
v. 27 – Out of pity – He canceled his debt and let him go.
Jesus’ answer reveals that Peter completely missed it.
Jesus was not only telling about how we need to forgive each other, but also in this parable tells about his own work on the cross – that through Jesus’ sacrifice, sinners are fo