Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. When he had begun to settle them, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him…”
– Matthew 18:21-24 NASB
The NASB text note says “a talent was worth more than fifteen years’ wages of a laborer”.
Whoa, if that’s so, it would be a grievous thing to owe your master even one talent, wouldn’t it? — you’d be hard pressed to ever pay back fifteen years’ wages once you’d gotten that far behind.
But ten thousand talents? That’s 150,000 years’ worth of debt.
Who is this king?
Who is this king, that he even has such riches available? Even Solomon at the height of his glory would have felt the severe blow to his kingdom had he suddenly been missing ten thousand talents — yet in the parable the king seems to have to settle accounts just to find out that these are missing.
There’s another aspect: If the earth is billions of years old, then while 150,000 years is many human lifetimes, it’s a drop in the bucket compared to the age of the earth. Of course Adam would never be able to repay it, but given enough time, perhaps over millions of years it could be worked out… perhaps by our day, the debt has been worn down to something manageable.
But if the earth is less than 10,000 years old, this servant’s debt is of a magnitude such that it would take over fifteen times the age of creation to repay. Never gonna happen! Despair, apart from Christ!
But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)…
– Ephesians 2:4-5 NASB
Where is our Trust?
Brothers and sisters, this is not what Scripture teaches.
Have we not allowed our hearts to be drawn away by the priests of “science” and their peer-reviewed unbelief?
O let us repent of our unbelief, open our hearts to the Scriptures, take our Savior at His Word — and rejoice in so great a salvation!
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