#DailyDevotion God Is Crazy Generous When It Comes To Our Debts
Matt. 1821Then Peter came to Jesus and asked Him, “Lord, how often do I have to forgive my brother who sins against me? Seven times?” 22“I tell you,” Jesus answered him, “not seven times but seventy times seven times. 23“That is why the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his slaves. 24When he began to do so, there was brought to him one who owed him ten thousand talents. 25But he couldn’t pay it, and so the master ordered him, his wife, his children, and all he had to be sold to pay the debt. 26Then the slave got down on his knees and, bowing low before him, begged: ‘Be patient with me, and I’ll pay you everything. 27“The master felt sorry for his slave, released him, and canceled his debt.
Since Jesus was talking about loosing and binding sins to some just earlier in chapter eighteen of Matthew Peter brings up the subject here of how often we should forgive someone who sinned against us. I’m told that Rabbinic Judaism of the time taught you should forgive someone three times. So when he asked Jesus how often should he forgive someone, perhaps up to seven times, Peter thought he was being magnanimous. However, Jesus would have none of this and to further blow Peter’s and the disciples’ minds tells them we should forgive someone seventy times seven times. When you get to that many times, have you even been keeping count?
To demonstrate what the reality is when God forgives us our sins Jesus tells us this parable of the wicked servant. There this servant who owes the king some ten thousand talents. You may ask yourself how much is a talent? A talent is about the yearly salary of the overage person. So we’re talking about ten thousand times whatever your making yearly. It’s about the size of the national debt right now. How does a king let someone get that indebted to him in the first place? You’d really have to be mismanaging things to get into that much debt.
Well the king wanted to settle up the debts his slaves had with him. Well this one fellow who had this debt couldn’t pay it. The king ordered that he, his family and all his belongings be sold to pay the debt. Now you know that wouldn’t even begin to make a debt in what he owed the king. The slave knowing he was in big trouble begged the king to give him time to repay, however the king felt sorry for the guy and released him and canceled his debt. Well that was pretty generous of the king. The king must be pretty wealthy to cancel that much debt.
Well you are that slave who owes the king so much. Except you don’t owe money and the one settling accounts is Jesus at the end of the age. When you sin, you become indebted to God. The problem is you have nothing to pay back to God to get out of debt with him. Like the servant in the parable, you are unable to pay your debts to God. What are you going to do? You can only beg like this slave to God what Jesus taught us in Matthew chapter six, “Forgive us our debts as we have forgiven those indebted to us.” Our LORD Jesus Christ has indeed forgiven our debts at great costs to him. He shed his blood to pay our debt. He experienced death to pay our debt. The kit and caboodle of our sins he has canceled by his innocent suffering and death freely because like the king, he felt sorry for us, for you. He is crazy generous. For this is our due to give him thanks and praise.
Heavenly Father, even as we have sinned greatly against you, you felt sorry for us and sent your son Jesus Christ to pay our debt. Grant us such faith in his work for us that we never cease to forget it and continually give him and you continuous praise and thanksgiving with our lives. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.