Apostolic Church of Des Arc

10,000 Talents and 100 Pence

Believers are forgiven a vast debt that we could never repay, so we should be willing to forgive others for the ways they have trespassed against us.

Primary Text

Matthew 18:21-35

Definitions

Forgive: Stop feeling angry or resentful toward someone for an offense. Forgiveness is not the same as forgetting, healing (not hurting anymore), or showing mercy (releasing someone from consequences of their actions).

Denarius (Denarii): An ancient Roman silver coin. Thought to have been the value of one day’s work for a common unskilled laborer during the first century.

Penny (Pence): In this context, one denarius. 100 pence was roughly equivalent to the wages for 100 days of unskilled labor.

Talent: In this context, an amount of money equivalent to 6,000 denarii. 10,000 talents was roughly equivalent to the wages for 60 million days of unskilled labor. 

Scripture References

Romans 5:6-8, Isaiah 53:4-6, 1 Peter 1:18-19, Matthew 6:14, Colossians 3:12-13, Ephesians 4:30-32