“Forgiveness: The Math Problem” Matthew 18:21-35 JUMC 20110918.0900

21 Then Peter came and said to him, ‘Lord, if another member of the church* sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?’ 22Jesus said to him, ‘Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven* times. 23 ‘For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. 24When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents* was brought to him; 25and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. 26So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, “Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.” 27And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt. 28But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow-slaves who owed him a hundred denarii;* and seizing him by the throat, he said, “Pay what you owe.” 29Then his fellow-slave fell down and pleaded with him, “Have patience with me, and I will pay you.” 30But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he should pay the debt. 31When his fellow-slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place.  ~NRSV

<00>Frances is learning about multiplication in her class. A couple of years ago it was unbelievable to her that she would understand her “times tables.” Algebra, Trigonometry, and Calculus await. <01>And so does our understanding and experience with Forgiveness await us.

Video Clip: Forgiveness: from The Family the Preys

We want to believe in Forgiveness, but we don’t know how. That is what Jesus parable is about.. It is an ANTITHESIS of forgiveness. (an example of how NOT to handle forgiving)

On my continuing education trip this week we visited the Carlos Museum on the Emory campus, on one of the several Egyptian sarcophaguses there was hieroglyph of Ma’at <03> the goddess of truth and the god Anubis, judging the deceased’s has being “light as a feather or heavier than a feather” <04>, ..Alluding to how God examined Pharoh’s heart by his own Egyptian standards and found his heart too hard and too heavy.

Jesus’ parable is of a hard and heavy hearted example. Forgiveness is God’s work in us, not our management. Let go,

To forgive is to forget. Learn but let go!

Grace does not keep count, 7x70m. Let go.

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