The Compassionate Master

The favour of a king is like the dew on the grass.
(Proverbs 19:12)

The Lord Jesus Christ taught a good truth through a parable (Psalms 78:2, Matthew 13:34,35). Today we are going to meditate on that parable told by our loving Lord Jesus Christ.

"The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made. The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, 'Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.' Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt." (Matthew 18:23-35)

In this parable, you see a very generous king who had given loan to many people. Some did not pay the money back and he wanted to recover the same. The servants brought before him the worst defaulter who owed him about ten thousand talents. A talent is a considerable weight of gold or silver. So this man had borrowed a very huge sum of money and could not repay the loan.

In those days, if a man could not repay his loan, he would offer himself to the man who had lent him the money (Leviticus 25:39). The borrower becomes a bondservant to the lender (Proverbs 22:7). There is a reference in the Bible where we see a widow of a servant of God who was mourning the death of her husband (2 Kings 4:1). The creditors came to take away her two sons as slaves.

In the same manner, the king said, "Let his wife and children be sold and my money be realized." Immediately, the man fell at the feet of the king and pleaded for mercy. He said, "Lord! Please be merciful and patient with me. Surely, I will repay the loan."

The king being a generous person, said, "Oh! I am moved with compassion. I am not going to sell you, but I will forgive all your debts. You need not pay me even a penny. You are free." According to the king's order, that debtor was released.

My dear Friend, the Bible says "The favour of a king is like the dew on the grass" (Proverbs 19:12). How happy this man would have felt?

I often say an old story about a good Russian king. At night, he would disguise himself as an ordinary man and patrol his kingdom to see how his citizen were faring. One day, without anyone having noticed him, he entered the army camp. It was dark everywhere but in one particular tent there was light. He entered that tent and saw a candle burning on a table. A young soldier was sitting in his chair. He had been writing something on a piece of paper. In the process of writing, he had slept having forgotten to put off the burning candle. The king slipped in and read what had been written on it. This young soldier had listed out all the debts he had. Finally he had ended up in a question as to, "Who will pay all these debts?" With a sorrow filled heart he had gone to sleep. The king smiled. He put his signature just below the question and sneaked away.

I let my imagination to grow wings and soar up. Perhaps, at dawn, this fellow would have looked at that paper with the signature of the king accepting to pay all his debts. How happy he would have been! My dear Friend, the same thing will happen to you. The Lord Jesus Christ is going to take over all your loans, borrowings and debts. Surely He will wipe away your tears. Submit entirely to Him and He will take total care of your life.

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