Thursday: 16th August, 2018
Reference text: Matthew 18:21-19:1
Matthew 18:23 For this reason, the kingdom of heaven can be compared to a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.
How much should one be allowed to borrow from a bank? Every financial institution takes into account a person’s annual salary, their credit rating, available collateral; among a host of other things to determine if they qualify for a specific amount of money as loan. In today’s economic climate, a servant whose annual wages amounted to about 365 denarii ($13000), would never be allowed to borrow an amount anywhere close to the figure mentioned in the Gospel.
“10000 talents” in today’s terms, is roughly estimated to be the equivalent of about 8 billion dollars… Yes 8 billion. And no servant could pay back that amount of money in debt even if they lived many lifetimes over in the same position. Yet, this servant was bold enough to say to the king ‘Give me time and I will pay you back’.
As we read, the decision to render accounts was taken by the King, and none of the affected parties were given any prior notices. Besides, it was his money and in the given circumstances, he could do whatever he wanted to get it back. However, he knew beyond all reasonable doubt that this servant was only running his mouth and had no means of paying back- so he made an additional decision to write off this debt.
Though we cannot tell if there was any sincerity in the words of the servant or if he just biding his time, we know he was not afraid to ask for an extension of his repayment date. We seem to owe a debt so huge that we CANNOT pay, but when we walk to God asking him to give us time to payback, He goes the extra mile to say “it’s okay, I have chosen to write-off your debt”.
Sweetheart, this is God’s word to you today as you read this: you don’t have to pay me back because I have already decided to forget your debt’. In simple terms, consider all your debt with me settled- that is mercy.
Remember # God’s love is relentless, His mercy, a bottomless well