- 11 months ago
One of the most interesting things has opened before us. A dual thread of what Jesus is talking about. Yes, we are talking about the essential nature of forgiveness, as well as what torment we invite into our lives, our hearts and minds and souls, when we refuse to extend forgiveness. Jesus also opens up our eyes to see that this has been part of God's plan through the ages, as he references Daniel's prophecy, from Daniel 9. God's plan has always been to bring the Jewish leaders to repentance and to forgiveness, but they steadfastly refused to extend the same mercy and grace that he extended to them, even to the point of Jesus saying of them, "They crush people with unbearable religious demands but never lift a finger to ease the burden." And so, they, too, are turned over to the tormentors until they should pay what they owe. What a great discussion tonight! You don't want to miss this one. It's a real bell ringer.