PARABLE OF THE UNFORGIVING SERVANT/TO FORGIVE AND BE FORGIVEN/IS YOUR HEART IN IT?
Study Date: 1 July 18
Scripture: Matthew 18: 21-35
Biblical Date: A. D. 29
Biblica Location: CAPERNAUM
KEY VERSE: “Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on they fellow servant even as I had pity on thee?” (Matthew 18: 33)
RESOURCES FOR THE SEED:
Genesis 50: 15-21; 2 Chronicles 7: 12-16; 2 Corinthians 2: 5-11; Colossians 3: 12-17; Luke 17: 1-4; Matthew 6: 9-15.
- To see the difference between what Peter expected and what Jesus answered.
- To see that Christlike forgiveness has no limits.
- To aspire to forgive as Jesus did and taught.
- To learn to forgive as we have been forgiven by Jesus.
- To forgive others without reservation.
- To have a forgiving spirit toward others like God has toward us.
WORDS TO REMEMBER
Compassion—feelings of pity toward those in trouble or affliction, an urge to help others..
Forgiveness—pardoning, giving up all claims to punish or exact penalty, to stop being angry.
Mercy—to have pity or show compassion on another.
Servant—an inferior one wanting freedom.
Unpayable—a debt too large to satisfy
BREAKING UP FALLOW GROUND/TILLING THE SOIL
Describe a time when you have been hurt or deceived by someone.
What should you do about the betrayal or insult you called someone else to go through?
What is the result when others admit that they have wronged you?
What if there is no acknowledgement of wrong doing?
Should the hurt person forgive one who did wrong without that person’s acknowledgement?
How often do we think about what we have done to mistreat others?
Do we think ourselves as victims but not victimizers?
Where do we find the pattern for forgiveness of one another?
THE SEED PARABLE OF THE UNFORGIVING SERVANT/FORGIVE AND BE FORGIVEN MATTHEW 18: 21-35
- Forgiveness Required (Matthew 18: 21-22)
- Peter approached Jesus with an all important question about forgiveness.
- Should we forgive a person seven times?
- Jesus responded We should forgive 70 times seven.
- Loves does not keep a record of wrong doing and forgiveness should be without limit.
- Forgiveness Rendered (Matthew 18: 23-27)
- There is a problem among us about being accountable.
- We cannot always do what we promise
- God sees our impossible situation and forgives us.
- We must accept the pardon given to us.
- Compassion drives our desire to forgive.
- Forgiveness Recalled (Matthew 18: 28-35)
- Human beings are not so compassion as God is.
- All of us are unable to pay sufficiently our debts.
- When payment is demanded and we cannot pay, prison is required.
- We should find room to pity those who cannot pay what they own.
- God will call us to account for our wrong doing.
A forgiving heart is always ready to forgive. The truth will stand.
PLANTING THE SEED
What was Jesus’ answer to Peter’s question about forgiveness?
What kind of debt did ten thousand talents represent?
What was the kind in the parable going to do to satisfy the debt?
When the servant learned of his fate what did he do?
How did the king respond to the servant’s plea?
How did the servant respond to the needs of his fellow servant?
Compare the amount of money owed by the second to that owed by the first servant.
How did the other servants react to what had happened?
How did the king react to how the first servant treated the second servant?
What do you believe the parable is teaching?
NURTURING THE SEED
What did Jesus mean by forgive “seventy times seven”?
What made the king show mercy to the servant?
Why would the forgiven servant not forgive the other servant?
How did the king find out what was being done by his servant?
What other ways might he have learned what was happening?
Why was the king angry with his servant?
What will happen to those who choose not to forgive others?
FRUIT FROM THE SEED
There should be no end to extending forgiveness to others.
Never think of forgiveness as having limits.
We will be held accountable for every wrong we do.
God forgives us freely and extends grace toward us.
We should show kindness when given the opportunity.
Failure to show compassion shows we are not following our example.
True forgiveness starts in the heart.
A debt that can never be repaid should be forgiven.
God does not take forgiving others lightly.
Forgiveness is not just an option.
Take seriously what god promises when you withhold forgiveness from others.