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- The follow up question to seeking the lost sheep.
- Peter wants to be pragmatic about the limitations of this seeking out a brother.
- Jesus responds by using an incredible number
- The number that Jesus uses is something that would be akin to what was found in Genesis.
- How important is forgiveness in the process of seeking the lost sheep?
- This is the typical parable format that is found in the Gospels.
- The parable is about a king who is settling accounts.
- The only slave mentioned is the one who has a considerable debt.
- What kind of job would create this scenario?
- The slave doesn’t have the means to pay so
(26-27) The granting of forgiveness
- The slave pleads for patience
- The Lord of the slave responds with forgiveness.
(28-30) The reaction to forgiveness
- The freed slave goes looking
- A similar reaction occurs with this fellow slave.
- All similarities between the slave and his fellow slave are gone.
The biblical scholar A. R. S. Kennedy drew this vivid picture to contrast the debts. Suppose they were paid in small coins (he suggested sixpences; we might think in terms of 5-pence pieces or dimes). The 100-denarii debt could be carried in one pocket. The 10,000-talent debt would take an army of about 8,600 carriers to carry it, each carrying a sack of coins 60 lb in weight; and they would form, at a distance of a yard apart, a line five miles long! The contrast between the debts is staggering.