Monday, April 13, 2015
so Jesus tells one of His more puzzling parables today. i like it when He does, because it demonstrates the authenticity of the Gospels... sometimes they make you scratch your head, and i think they did the same thing to the apostles. even when you've heard them hundreds of times, you find yourself having to dig deep to get at what Jesus was saying.
he tells the story of a man who is being fired, so he calls in the people who owe his employer money and gives them a break on their debts. now that i put it like that, His message becomes clearer... He is telling us to forgive people's debts. He might even be telling us that we can, in His name, forgive sins. yes, there is the surface meaning... that we should be wise like the children of this world. but He does go on to "breathe on His disciples and tell them whatever sins they forgive are forgiven, and whatever sins they retain are retained." it makes you wonder if this parable was maybe a foreshadowing of that event?
in any case, teaching us to forgive debts as we forgive our Debtor is a good thing.
God, thank you for your bottomless depth and wisdom that we can spend lifetimes exploring and never exhaust.