Daily Bible Podcast Day 007 – Genesis 18-19, Psalm 7, Luke 7

November 7, 2012 in Podcasts by Nathan


“’Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?’

Simon replied, ‘I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.’

‘You have judged correctly,’ Jesus said.” ~Luke 7:41-43

The footnotes in my Bible say that a denarius was the usual daily wage of a day laborer. Conservatively call it $100 in today’s money. Having $50,000 or even $5,000 of debt forgiven are both a pretty big deal. Both debtors should be quite thankful. It seems that the woman who inspired this teaching was aware of her debt and was very eager to have it expunged.

Thankfulness is a good trait to cultivate. My wife and I try to instill it in our children. Our middle son’s first word was “thanks”. I don’t always do such a great job though. Perhaps being reminded of the spiritual debt I used to owe can help me improve my own thankfulness.

The debt of sin I owed was one I never could have hoped to have repaid. There just isn’t any way for me to have made that right on my own. Thank you for providing a way to have that debt forgiven and help me to be thankful everday for the enormous gift (far in excess of $50,000 value!) you gave on the cross.

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