Sunday, September 25, 2011

(Jesus) Matthew 18:15-35, Forgive your brother but know when to walk away, Jesus in the midst, Servant and the King, Unforgiven by the Father

(This is a general interpretation of Holy Scripture. Please read the word for yourself, pray, atone and enter in the Kingdom, ask G-D for knowledge and he will give it you. Don't take our word as law)

We continue with some very important teachings from Christ Yeshua. In this lesson we will read more parables of the Kingdom of Heaven. We will also read about the nature of forgiveness between brothers and the nature of forgiveness between G-D and ourselves.

Matthew 18

15. Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.

16. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

17. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.

18. Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

19. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.

20. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

21. Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?

22. Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

This lesson is pretty straight forward; try your best to resolve an issue with your brother, sister, father or mother, anyone for that matter, but there is a time when you must cast off their burden and walk away. You must forgive them but you do not have to accept within this burden.
Also Christ made one of the more famous statements in the Gospels when he declared that he will be in the midst of the congregation when people are "truly" gathered in his name. Christ is always with us, individually as well.

Matthew 18

23. Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.

24. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.

25. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.

26. The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.

27. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.

28. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.

29. And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.

30. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.

31. So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.

32. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:

33. Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?

34. And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.

35. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

This is probably one of the most overlooked teachings in the Gospel of Matthew. The message here is not that simple to understand, even in parable form.. The parable seems to state that you can be unforgiven of a sin, this thought may be foreign for many Christians. But it could be that G-D already knows whats in your heart and that you have not forgiven someone else thus He didn't forgive you in the first place, this would align with our Christian way of thinking and may be what Yeshua is teaching here.

This parable should be one the main teachings we include in our teachings of the Gospels as this could be considered one of the main issues we face today. People hold grudges, they do not forgive and this small violation of Yeshua's teachings may drag more people to hell than any other sin as it is a subtle sin to commit.

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