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'But up to seventy times seven'

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2019-01-15 (화) 22:18 조회 : 266
설교일 : 2019.01.13
설교자 : Rev. Eung Yong Kim
본문말씀 : Matthew 18:21-22

January 13, 2019

 

The Series on Forgiveness #2

 

‘But up to seventy times seven’

Matthew 18:21-22

 

Rev. Eung Yong Kim’s sermon at the KUMC of Metro Detroit

 

 

Dear congregation, do you like your new Senior Pastor? May I ask you to take a long-range view of your Senior Pastor?

 

I have a master whom I look up to as my mentor in the ministry and his name is Rev. Eung Hee Choi. I learned so much while serving under him as an Education Evangelist and later an Associate Pastor.

 

One day, during our small talk, I mentioned, “Rev. Choi, I think Exhorter Park is a great person.” Then, Rev. Choi replied, “Pastor Kim, you should take a long view.” I wondered if he did not like that person. Later when I was talking about another person, Rev. Choi said the same thing; “Take a long view of that person”. At that time, I was in my 30s and I just couldn’t understand what he was saying. But now I understand a little bit of what he was trying to convey. He wanted me to take a long-range view of every member of the church as their pastor and not to make a rash judgment of anyone among the flock.

 

I think he meant to say that it was more important for me to become the person I wanted to be than worrying about the others.

 

< Once I went to a barbershop to have a haircut. The owner of the shop said to me, “You look like a pastor. Aren’t you a pastor?” When I answered that indeed I was a pastor, he began to tell his story.

 

His parents were such devoted Christians that they helped build several churches. Then one of their siblings was killed in traffic accident while in the church vehicle. Not long after, one of their children was killed in traffic accident. How could God do this to them? Doesn’t God remember what my parents did for Him? He began to blame God and still complains to Him. He said, “I don’t like pastors at all.” At the funeral of his brother, a member of the church tried to console him by saying, “There must be a good reason for your sufferings”, and he hated that person’s comforting words, especially because that person’s child had been in the same car but survived the accident.

He poured his heart out while cutting my hair. Then he said that none of his siblings attends the church any more. Perhaps, he was hoping that I would give him some helpful advice, but I couldn’t do it.

For many days afterwards, I thought about him and about what had happened to him.

First, I was sad about his misfortunes.

Second, I was sadder about him losing his faith.

Third, I was saddest about him living everyday of his life with such a wounded heart.

 

But, was the barbershop owner the only one with wounded heart?

How many of us have experienced serious hurts and are still living with the hurts? They say, “Is God really the Living God? If He is, how could He make me suffer so much?”

 

But, let us think carefully. Should your faith guarantee that only good and happy things will happen to you and that your life will be free from any pain?

Does your faith tell you that by going to church you will have only good things happen to you and that everything will turn out in the way that you want it to be?

 

What does the Bible tell you about this way of thinking?

Let us think about the people in the Bible.

 

Doesn’t the faithful in the Bible encourage us to walk with God no matter how much sufferings and difficulties come to our way?

Shouldn’t we be as faithful as they were?

 

In today’s passage, through His conversation with Peter, Lord Jesus is teaching us about the forgiveness.

 

1.  There are those who cannot forgive others.

 

*  Peter came to Jesus and asked, “How many times should I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?”

At that time in Israel, the Rabbis instructed the Jews to forgive three times, so Peter may have been expecting a praise from Jesus for his big heart. But Jesus gave a completely unexpected answer; “Not seven times, but up to seventy times seven.”

 

Why did Jesus say to forgive up to seventy times seven? He was not interested in the number of times we should forgive, unlike the Rabbis who were clinging onto the number of times. Jesus wanted to emphasize that there was something more important than the number of times one forgives.

 

His main point was; There are those who cannot forgive others.

 

< There are too many people who cannot forgive others and are trapped in the quagmire, and the inside of a church is no exception. In the ministry, I often hear a church member saying that “I cannot understand that person and I can never forgive him who had hurt me so much.”

 

Whenever I hear this kind of remarks, I take a look into that person’s life.

The life that unforgiving person is living is more important than the fact that he or she is not forgiving others.

How does the unforgiving person live?

 

Forgive to live, a book written by Dick Tibbits, tells the story of a man who was abruptly laid off after 10 years of dedicated work at the company. In spite of the big shock, he looked for and landed a new job and he acted as if nothing bothered him. Then, he faced a danger signal in his health. He was diagnosed with high blood pressure and began to be treated with medications. Without realizing he had an anger issue, he lost the zeal for living as well as the energyfor it and spent most of his time feeling depressed. After going through several steps and processes of forgiveness, he was able to recover his health and passion.

 

The Bible tells us the same message.

Take the case of Cain and Abel. What happened when someone couldn’t forgive his brother?

 

Isn’t the story of Saul and David about forgiveness?

One day Saul heard the people singing, “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands”, and from that time on Saul began to hate David, and he couldn’t get rid of that feeling and ruined the rest of his life because of his hatred. He couldn’t forgive David.

 

On the other hand, David didn’t hate Saul. He just suffered through his hardships and helped others overcome their hardships.

 

Jesus is talking about those who cannot forgive.

He knows they will suffer because of people they cannot forgive.

They are trapped. He feels sorry for those who cannot forgive.

 

What is the forgiveness?

*  Forgiveness does not mean you have to accept or understand the other person.

    To forgive means to escape from the anger and from the urge to take your revenge.   

    In order to forgive, you have to stop living your unforgiving life.

    Forgiveness is what you have to do yourself and it doesn’t have anything to do with the others.

 

< I have seen some people forgive the others against their will and then get upset at the sight of those people more and more.

Therefore, forgiveness should not depend on your relationship with the other person, but on your relationship with yourself.

Are you willing to get out of your unforgiving life, or not?

This is the point Lord Jesus is making. >

 

Forgiveness has nothing to do with the person whom you cannot forgive. Forgiveness is done by yourself only. The other person doesn’t even know you have forgiven or not.

 

2.  Forgive now and become a forgiving person!!!

 

*  How many times should you forgive?

 

< In my childhood, every time I did something wrong, my father would say to me, “Once, or twice, I will go easy on you, but on the third time, watch out, for I will teach you a lesson.” So, whenever I heard from my father that this was the second time, I had to be extra careful.

Now, I realize that I am saying the same thing to my children.

“This is the first time… the first time.

This is the second time… the second time.

But, on the third time, you will not be forgiven that easy!!! >

 

Why forgive only three times?

Why was the forgiveness of three times the rule in the Mosaic Law?

By commanding them to forgive at least three times, God tried to prevent the humans from taking their revenge on others too quickly.

 

This was the rule for the minimum times of forgiveness.

God was aware of the reluctance of the humans to forgive.

 

But, how did the Jews use the Law?

They thought that they could rightfully take their revenge on others after forgiving three times and believed their revenge was justified under the Law, which had not been originally intended.

God wanted them to leave the life of revenges and to come to live the life of forgiveness, but they misinterpreted the Law to justify their revenges.

 

Aren’t we also doing the same thing?

We say; This time only, I am putting up with this.

Because I am a church-goer. Because it is Sunday, I will let it go.

Is this the forgiveness?

This is the preparation for taking a revenge.

When the right time or situation comes, this person will seek a revenge.

 

This is what Peter meant when he said about forgiving seven times.

“Isn’t forgiving seven times enough?” or “Am I not much better than those Rabbis?”

This is the best I can do and this is the limit for me.

I cannot do any better than this!!!! This is my absolute limit.

There is not much difference between forgiving three times and seven times.

That is not a true forgiveness.

 

Now, Jesus turned the words of Rabbis and Peter upside down.

“I tell you, not seven times, but up to seventy times seven.”

Did Jesus mean that we should forgive unlimited or infinite times?

Or did He say that forgiving seven times was not enough, so we should forgive 490 times?

 

Jesus was talking about forgiving others.

That was His purpose in coming down to earth. He wanted to teach us how to forgive and not to make any enemies.

 

Forgiveness is salvation.

‘Forgiveness is a manifestation of a person’s salvation.’

We can tell if someone is saved or not on the scale of that person’s forgiveness.

A forgiving person is a person who has been saved.

An unforgiving person is a person who has not yet been saved.

 

Salvation means that a person is being rescued from this life to a different life.

The salvation of Jesus – we are saved from the darkness of unforgiving life to the life of forgiveness.

 

< A kindergarten teacher asks a question to the children.

“What becomes of the ice when it thaws?” She was expecting the answer of “It becomes water”, but a child answered, “Then, it becomes the spring.”

When the forgiveness thaws our hearts, we will have the spring in our lives. >

 

3.  You will do the same as I do.

 

Now, are we able to forgive others? That is the problem for us, as we do not have the power to forgive. You and I are not able to forgive others, as we do not have the ability to do it.

 

Right after today’s passage, Jesus tells the parable of unmerciful servant who owed 10,000 talents to the king.

The king ordered him to sell himself, his wife and children and all that he had to repay the debt. Then, the poor debtor fell on his knees and begged, “Be patient with me”. The king took pity on him, canceled his debt and let him go. But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii. He refused to be patient with him and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt.

After hearing what had happened, the king brought him in to be imprisoned again and said, “You wicked servant, I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had the mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?”

 

Forgiveness is the circulation of the Lord’s grace.

We just follow the grace that Jesus has bestowed upon us, as we don’t have the power to forgive others.

We cannot do the forgiving by ourselves.

Therefore, forgiveness is following the example of Jesus.

We can only forgive, when we hold onto the cross of Jesus.

 

* The reason for Jesus telling us the parable of the debtor who owed 10,000 talents:

   “You should forgive others just as I did.” Yes, we should forgive others just as Jesus did!

 

*  After having been forgiven by Jesus, are we going on with our unforgiving lives?

    To forgive means to walk with Jesus.

    To forgive means to get to know Jesus more intimately.

 

Do you remember the first words Jesus said on the cross?

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

These words were spoken after He was crucified and in extreme pain.

Huge nails tore His flesh and then they pierced through His bones to crucify Him on the cross causing him indescribable pain.

A crown of thorns and the sharp tips of spears were jarring on His nerves and the crushing of His bones were causing excruciating pain… how could He suppress the screams of pain?

In addition to this, the Roman soldiers were spitting at Him and snickering.

But Jesus said the above words of forgiveness under these circumstances.

 

It was His gospel of forgiveness.

The gospel of Jesus is the gospel of forgiveness.

 

“As they do not know what they are doing, forgive them.”

 

 

 


   

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