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Redeeming the Time - Part 3

FORGIVING SAINTS            Page 3

V.24 ** What did the slave of our parable owe to the king?

Ten thousand talents!

** How much is that?

Your Bible margin may tell you about $10,000,000.00 in silver, but that is not the point here. The word used here is "murias" and was the largest numerical term in the Greek language. It was used figuratively to represent a vast, uncountable number. We get the English word "myriad" from it and its usage is clarified in Revelation 5:11-12. (All see)

** As we apply this parable to our relationship to God, what does this huge debt represent?

The incalculable, unpayable debt of our sin that every man owes God.

V.25 ** Can we pay the debt ourselves, even if we had all of eternity to do it?

No way! The payment could only be made by the spotless lamb of God! cf. 1Peter 1:18-19

** Can the slave in this parable pay his debt?

No, that too is impossible! "...since he did not have the means to repay..."

** What did the king do?

He ordered the slave, his wife and his children to all be sold. While this would not repay even a fraction of the debt, it would extract from the man all that he was and has.

V.26 ** How did the slave react to so harsh a punishment?

He fell down and "prostrated himself before him, saying, 'Have patience with me, and I will repay you everything.'"

** Was this a genuine act of repentance toward the king?

No, the slave "did not have the means to repay" (V.25) and is only begging for forgiveness while offering a detestable display of phony worship.

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