When Jesus said seventy times seven, it is symbolic to God's eternal forgiveness.


Understanding seventy times seven.



Jesus wasn't saying to literally forgive someone seventy times seven/ 490 times in a day. He is telling us to always forgive everyone who do us wrong. 


Matthew 18:21-22 

 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?

 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.


God forgave us of our sins and He is expecting us to follow His example. It is a sin to deny our brothers and sisters similar forgiveness. 


When I considered what Jesus did for me at Calvary, in spite of how sinful I was, I would feel guilty holding a grudge against my brother for the little wrong he did to me.


The story in Matthew 18:23-35 compares the Kingdom of Heaven with a king settling debt accounts with his servants. One of those servants owed him ten thousand talents. When the guards brought him to the king, he was not able to pay.


The king then ordered that he and his family be sold so the debt could be repaid. The servant then fell on his knees and plead with the king to have mercy and be patient with him and he will repay the debt. The king had mercy on him, forgave him the debt and let him go free. 


However, this same servant went out and found his fellow servant who owed one hundred denarii. He grabbed him and began to strangle him and shouted; "Pay me back what you owe me, pay me my money now!" 


The man fell on his knees and begged him to be patient with him and he would pay him as soon as possible. The man refused to have mercy on his servant. Instead, he cast the man into prison and would not release him until the debt was paid.


However; there was another servant of the previous king watching the whole scene. He was terribly grieved and went and told the king everything that happened. 


The king called the servant in and said: "You wicked servant! I cancelled all the debt that you owed me because you begged me to. You should have also forgave your servant as well." In anger, the king turned him over to the prison guards to be tormented until he payed back everything. 


This story is a good example of what Jesus means by seventy times seven. We must always forgive one another and let the peace of GOD which passeth all understanding rest and abide with us.

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