The Parables of Jesus Series | Parable of The Forgiven Debts

Another gospel parable shared by Jesus. This can be found in Luke 7:41-43. It reads;

Then Jesus told him this story: “A man loaned money to two people—500 pieces of silver to one and 50 pieces to the other. But neither of them could repay him, so he kindly forgave them both, canceling their debts. Who do you suppose loved him more after that?”

Simon answered, “I suppose the one for whom he canceled the larger debt.” Luke 7:41-43 NLT

Interpretation

The man who loaned money to the two people represents God. The people who the money was lended to represents us. God has loaned everyone of us life and the payment is that we are righteous. This payment is not in currency form. He requires our lives in return. To be given back to him. Completely to Him. However we all have defaulted because we have all sinned.

We couldn’t do this on our own. So, Jesus came to earth, went to the cross and died to pay for our debts (sin). His death paid the debt for the sins of mankind. This gave us access to forgiveness.

In the eyes of God, there is no small debt (sin). A murder is equally as grievous as a lie. The earthly consequences might vary but not so in the eyes of God. So in this parable, it didn’t matter if one owed 50 pieces and the other 500 pieces. The bottom line is that both of them were debtors; just as we all were until Christ died for us.

Those who accepts Christ as their Lord and Saviour by faith and have given their lives wholly to Him, have accepted forgiveness. Those who haven’t are still debtors because even though forgiveness is available, they are yet to accept it. If you haven’t done so yet, please accept Christ into your life so you can eternal life.

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40 thoughts on “The Parables of Jesus Series | Parable of The Forgiven Debts

  1. “In the eyes of God, there is no small debt (sin). A murder is equally as grievous as a lie.” So true! Sometimes we like to pick and choose which sins we feel are the worst, but sins are all on equal ground with the Lord. That is a little hard to fathom with our “human thinking.”

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  2. The people Jesus was talking to apparently felt they didn’t owe God much, since they were following the Law. So they stood there passing judgment on the woman with a sinful past who was washing His feet with her tears. It does seem that people who have led obviously sinful lives before coming to Christ are more overwhelmed with gratitude for His forgiveness than those who have been “good” in the eyes of the world. But Jesus knows the heart, and one of the things He hates the most is smug self-righteousness.

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      1. Certainly; or even before the year ends😊
        Is been good Efua, though I lost track somewhere on the way but particularly I have enjoyed them together with the interpretations you give to them.

        So yeah, in short is been a good journey and very enlightening to read.

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      1. I got to see my daughter and her family last week. We met at a cabin at the beach, so that was lovely. I got bitten by some kind of insect and reacted to it, so my ankle has been swollen and painful to walk on. I finally went to my doctor today and got meds and an ankle brace. I’m looking forward to walking without pain again. Thank you for asking, my friend. God bless you!

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      2. Good to know you were able to meet up with your daughter. Not good that you got bitten by an insect. Those tiny little creatures can cause lots of discomfort as well sometimes. I hope you recover soon sis🙏🏾💕

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      1. Thanks Maurice. I recently started another business that is currently taking a bit of my time. Hence I’m not on here as often as before. However I am working on a new parable for this week. Once I get my rhythm, I will be here more often. Hope you are doing great?

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      2. May the blessings of the Lord be multiplied upon your business. Whatever you put your hands to do “The Lord thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto” (Deuteronomy 15: 10)

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