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Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive?
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant
Mat 18:21 Then Peter came and said to him, "Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?"
NSRV & Believer's Study Bible (BSB) Notes
[Mat 18:22] Four hundred and ninety is not a magic number for forgiveness. Instead Jesus confronts Peter with the truth that the spirit of forgiveness really knows no boundaries.
[Mat 18:23] (vv. 23-35) To illustrate further why men ought to forgive one another the comparatively small offenses which divide them, Jesus told a parable to illumine God's greater forgiveness. The sum which the first servant owed to the king was exorbitant. If the Attic talent is intended, about 6,000 denarii were involved in just one Attic talent. Remembering that a denarius was a day's normal wage, the poor fellow owed something like 60,000,000 denarii. Even a nobleman could not have amassed such a fortune in a lifetime. On the other hand, the fellow servant owed only 100 denarii. After finding mercy from the king even to the extent of the cancellation of his debt, this abominable fellow subjected his fellow servant to the most stringent punishment for his failure to produce a far lesser sum.
[Mat 18:24] Monies,Weights,and Measures (see chart).
Readings for the week of September 20th
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