“Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.”
– Matthew 18:23-27
In Jesus’ day, the largest number that existed in the Greek language was the word myriad, which means 10,000. Today, we have a similar word in the English language called googol, which is the largest number we know of; basically, it’s one with a hundred zeros behind it! In the parable of the unmerciful servant, Jesus explains that the servant owes the king, his master, a huge sum of money (basically, the largest number ever, like a trillion dollars). When it comes time for the king to collect his debt, the servant begs for mercy just as he is about to be thrown into prison. Taking pity on him, his master forgives his huge obligation — a sum so large that it would have taken 200,000 years to pay it back. He sets him free and sends the servant on his way with a clean slate.
The story continues on with the account of the servant’s unforgiveness toward his debtor, but there is a lesson to be learned in the first part of this parable about how much we have been forgiven. These verses paint an amazing picture of the Father’s heart toward us! When we come before God with our huge debt, He wipes the slate clean and forgives us of everything we’ve ever done or that’s ever been done to us. In exchange for our sin, Jesus calls us blessed, sets us above and not beneath, and opens up the windows of Heaven to pour out good things into our lives.
Friend, God is doing so much for you that it’s a waste to spend one more moment in offense and unforgiveness. Today, He invites you to let go, and invite healing, joy, prosperity and good relationships to take root in your life!
Jesus, thank you for forgiving me a debt so large that I could never fathom it; I resolve to live in myriads of your mercy!
What good things have come to your life as you have chosen to forgive as generously as you have been forgiven?
A Gogolplex is bigger.