10,000 gold for 100 silver

A parable is told in the bible about a certain servant - lets call him "Big O"... who owed a king a large sum of money - 10,000 bags of gold - a bag of gold was equivalent to 20 years of a day labourer's wages - so if we do the math, 1 bag of gold = 365 multiplied by 20 years = 7300 days wage, if we multiply that with 10,000 bags = 73,000,000 days wage of debt (sigh! big big sigh here!!!). The king summoned "Big O"...and asked for his money back....."Big O" fell on his knees and begged the King for mercy and patience...promising he would back everything...the King was overcome with mercy and wrote off his debt! for real....cancelled all the damn zero's!!!!....and numbers before!!!....and let him go - all ye banks if only you could be as merciful....!!!

"Big O"....(big big relieve and joy here!! add a shout, dance and glee!!).....leaves the king's presence and meets his servant, lets call him "small o" who owes him 100 silver coins -which is the equivalent of 100 days wage of debt. (Mathematicians can by this, figure out that the daily wage was 1 silver coin). "Big O" demands his money from "small o"...but "small o"...pleads for mercy and patience and asks for time and he will repay the debt in full....but nooooooooooooo!!! "Big O" could not hear of it, choked the poor fellow and threw him into prison until he repayed his debt. (how sad!!)

For the longest while....well until yesterday....I totally disliked "Big O"...and thought what wicked a man he was...I mean, seriously...how crude and merciless could he have been...(eerie drums)....until the stage light was shone on me...and I realised I was busy removing a speck in "Big O's" eye when I had a log in mine....

The baseline in this parable is the issue of forgiveness...Big O was forgiven much but he did not forgive little.

I am a receipient of God's grace, He has forgiven me much....so so much....the debt I owed Him from my sinful life...I could not repay...it was in inumerable zeros......like "Big O"....my debt was cancelled in full...God forgave me when I confessed my sins and Jesus washed me by His blood...and...I am free!!

But..........down the road, I often meet family, friends and even strangers who wrong me.....and owe me.....and what am I often guilty of doing???? strangling them...choking them....(ok..not physically)....but I give them the silent treatment, others I threaten them with withdrawal of what they need....hold grudges....in short, I hit back....and for what??? 100 pieces of silver when ave been forgiven 10000 bags of gold???!!!

Yesterday, I learnt a big lesson.........God has forgiven me all my sins....why can't I forgive the ones who have wronged me and owe me little??? I am not sweating the small stuff no more.....the sad thing about this parable is that, fellow servants that worked with "Big O"...got to see how he treated "small o" and reported the matter to the King....The king was furious with "Big O"...and o - o - oh - OH.....he threw "Big O" into jail to be tortured until he had paid the 10000 bags of gold....in short, got a life sentence because 73,000,000 days of wage...means even in death, you still in debt until you are dust again!!!

Lingering in unforgiveness is serving time in jail....self imposed jail....many of us are walking with cancers in our souls because we have been merciless and refused to forgive little.

Is this you? Let it go - forgive, its never worth it. We shouldn't have to sell your dust.

Reference : Matthew 18 : 21 - 35


Strong Deliverer

Guide me O Thou great Jehovah, pilgrim thro' this barren land;
I am weak, but Thou are mighty, hold me with Thy powerful hand;
Bread of heaven, feed me till I want no more,
Bread of heaven, feed me till I want no more.

Open now the crystal fountain, whence the healing waters flow;
let the fiery, cloudy pillar lead me all my journey thro';
Strong Deliverer, be Thou still my strength and shield,
Strong Deliverer, be Thou still my strength and shield.

When I tread the verge of Jordan, bid, my anxious fears subside;
bear me thro' the swelling current, land me safe on Canaan's side;
songs of praises I will ever give to Thee;
songs of praises I will ever give to Thee.



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