Synopsis of Parable:
A king looked through his accounts and found a servant who owed him 10,000 talents. The servant could not pay, so the king ordered him, his wife and children, and all his property to be sold. The servant begged patience to pay back the debt, but the king ended up forgiving the servant the debt entirely. Later, that servant found a man who owed him a little money, and when that man could not pay and begged patience, the servant threw the man in prison. The king, hearing this, recalled his servant, berated him for not having compassion like he had, and delivered the servant to prison.
Parable Given in Response to:
His disciples asked Jesus who was the greatest in the kingdom of God.(Matthew 18:1.) After
explaining a few things, Simon asks,
|↓Fellowservant||Anyone Else||Matthew 18:28|
The Parable of The Unmerciful Servant
As presented in the King James Version of Matthew 18:21-35
Matthew 18:21Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me,
and I forgive him? till seven times?
22Jesus saith unto him,
Explanation of the Interpretation of Symbols
The King is Jesus Back to Top ↑
Yet another parable where there is a king or a rich person who represents God or Jesus. There is nothing more to add here that has not been said in the previous parables.
The Servant is Us Back to Top ↑
The servant is anyone that is in the audience or anyone that is reading the parable. It is a personal parable, and should be considered personally.
The Fellowservant is Anyone Else Back to Top ↑
The fellowservant is literally anyone else. Forgive everyone, and Jesus promises that
The Forgiveness Given is Forgiveness Back to Top ↑
The forgiveness in the parable is the same as forgiving others in real life. There is no difference.
It is good to note that the servant asked for forgiveness. The king did not forgive his servant, but rather when the servant asked him for time, the king forgive all.(Matthew 18:26.) Likewise, if we never ask for forgiveness, we may never receive it.
In Conclusion Back to Top ↑
This is a very simple parable, and every denomination treats it the same way, with the same interpretations, so much exposition was not needed.
God will forgive you for everything if you forgive others and ask him to forgive you. It is just as Jesus prayed in his example prayer,
Morally, this makes sense. If you believe that you are in the kingdom of God and that you will enter heaven for eternity, what can a mere mortal do to you that you will still remember and bear a grudge for seven thousand years from now? Jesus echoes this when he says,