The Unmerciful Servant

Hello all! This month we are learning about the things Jesus taught. Today is another parable (a story meant to teach something).

Today’s story can be found in Matthew 18:21-35.

One day Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times should I forgive someone who is mean to me? Seven times?”

Jesus answered, “No, not seven times, but seventy-seven times!” (He was saying a LOT!)

Then He told this story to help Peter understand, “There was once king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. There was one man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold. The man was not able to pay, and the king ordered that all that he had be sold to repay the debt.

But the man fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’  The king master took pity on him, forgave the debt and let him go. ‘I will forget all the money you owe me.’

But when that man went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him just a little bit of money. He grabbed him and yelled, ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’

But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into jail until he could pay back the debt.  When the other servants saw what had happened, they were angry and went and told the king everything that had happened.

Then the king called the man in. ‘You wicked man,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ Then the king sent the man to jail too, because he had not forgiven the servant.

This is how God has forgiven us and you are to forgive those who hurt you too.”

 

The first man owed a LOT of money but the king said, “I will have mercy on you and forget what you owe me.” Mercy means saving someone from a consequence they deserve. The man SHOULD have had to go to jail and sell everything to pay back the king. But instead, the king said, “I will forgive the debt and forget all about it.” Thats just like God. We owe God everything…and we can NEVER repay Him for loving us. We can never make up for our bad choices that disobey Him (sins). BUT, He is the Good King and when we ask Him to, He forgives us and forgets what we owe Him. Isn’t that wonderful?! We should have to be apart from God forever because of our sins. We owe Him everything. But He shows us mercy and says, “I will forget all you owe.”

But then…sometimes if someone hurts us, we are not as quick to forgive. Just like the servant who owed the man just a little money…he grabbed him and yelled “GIVE ME MY MONEY!” Sometimes when someone is mean to us we want to grab them and yell at them. “You hurt me! You owe me!” BUT, God says, we should remember how much He has forgiven us and that will help us show forgiveness to others. The man did NOT show forgiveness and he ended up in jail too! We need to forgive others like God has forgiven us. We can forgive the hurtful things people do to us because God has forgiven EVERY bad thing we’ve ever done.

 

For our craft today, we drew out the story as we told it (and afterward I made a copy since we have two kids), then cut the story into 6 pieces, mixed them up and glued them in the correct order on another piece of paper.

 

(Youtube does have a LOT of videos of this one…but I couldn’t find one I especially wanted to highlight. Feel free to go poking around though!)

Thanks for joining us! We’ll have two more lessons and then we’ll begin our Easter countdown!

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