18 Matthew

Author

Mark Ramirez

Scripture

Matthew 18:1-35

Observations

  • The disciples come to Jesus and ask who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. He shows them a little child, telling them that no one can enter the kingdom of heaven unless they humble themselves like a child.
  • Whoever welcomes a child in the name of Jesus, welcomes Jesus.
  • If anyone causes a child to sin, it would be better for that person to have a large millstone hung around his neck and be cast into the sea to drown.
  • Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin. Sin and things that cause people to sin are inevitable, but woe to the person through whom these things come.
  • If a part of your body causes you to sin (hand, foot, and/or eye as examples) it would be better to cut off that piece of the body and enter heaven maimed than to be whole and thrown into hell.
  • One should not look down in little children, because their angels always see the face of the Father. They are consistently in the presence of the Father and have access to Him.
  • If a man owns 100 sheep and loses one, he will leave the 99 to go find it. If he finds it, he will be happier about finding the one lost sheep than the 99 he already has. In the same way, God does not want any of His little children to be lost.
  • If a fellow Christian wrongs you, you need to go to them in person and point out the fault. If he listens to you, you have won him back, but if he does not listen take one or two others with you so that the matter will be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.
  • If he refuses to listen to the 2 or 3 of you, then you are to bring the matter before the church. If he refuses to listen to the church, then he is to be treated like a pagan or a tax collector (an unbeliever, still in need of the love of Christ, but not a part of the Body).
  • As Jesus told Peter a few chapters ago, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
  • For when two or three witnesses agree about a matter and ask for it, it will be done for them by our Father in heaven. When two or three are together in Jesus’ name, He is there with them.
  • Peter comes to Jesus and asks how many times he should forgive his brother if he sins against him, “more than seven times?”
  • Jesus replies and says that Peter should not forgive just seven times, but 77 times.
  • Jesus then tells that forgiveness in the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle the accounts of with his servants. A man who owed 10,000 talents was brought before him and since he was unable to pay, the king ordered that he, his wife, their children, and everything they owned be sold to pay off their debt. The man begged for the king to be patient with him; with more time he could pay off the debt. The king took pity on him, canceled the debt completely, and let him go.
  • After leaving the kings presence, the man found a fellow servant who owed him a hundred denarii and started to choke him, demanding for the debt to be paid. The fellow servant also begged for patience, with more time he could pay off the debt. Unlike the king, the man refused to show kindness and had his fellow servant thrown in prison to repay the debt.
  • Some of the other servants heard about what happened, and went to tell the king. Once the king found out, he called the man to stand before him. The king told him that just as he showed mercy to his debt, the man should have shown mercy to his fellow servant.
  • In his anger, the king ordered the man to be thrown in prison and tortured until he should pay back what he owed.
  • Jesus explains that in the same way, our heavenly Father will treat anyone who does not forgive their brother from their heart.


Application

Sometimes it is easy to forgive someone, especially when they are someone close to me. But there are times when I find it hard to forgive certain people based on what they have done. However, there should be nothing too big for me to forgive, because I have been forgiven much. If Jesus has forgiven me, I do not want to stand before Him having not forgiven others.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I praise you for your forgiveness. Though I may have failed time and time again in my life, your work on the cross has proven faithful to forgive my shortcomings. Would you give me the same attitude, to be able to forgive anyone regardless of what they have done. Would your love and mercy overcome my selfish emotions and reactions so that I might reflect you to others? I ask these things in your name, amen.

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Jim Asselin wrote:
Amen Mark - Father, Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.

Jesus stresses the need to work matters out between one another. It gives the offender an opportunity to confess, humble themselves,and see a wrong they might not have otherwise understood - (perhaps even a pattern which affects other relationships) - the offended an opportunity to forgive, and friends an opportunity to be ambassadors of reconciliation. Impartial perspectives can also bring reason to a messy situation. This is a great blueprint for resolving conflict.

Fri, September 11, 2015 @ 7:03 AM

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