My dear friend Amy wrote a beautiful poem the other day entitled Jesus Said… that reminded me of another Whiteheart classic.
And then it made me wonder…what did Jesus mean. Is it just 490 times that we are to forgive for an offense against us?
Here’s what I think.
Jesus always took thinks further than old testament laws or thoughts. And the seventy times seven is no different.
I’m sure Peter was expecting that Jesus would say yes Peter that is enough. Because most Jews of the day went with the number 3 and after that nope…no more. You can check out Amos 1 for the history behind that.
So when Jesus told Peter…I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven, can you imagine that look on everyone’s face?
I believe Jesus said that as to not mean 70×7=490 and on offense 491 you nail them to wall and and let them have it, but rather 70×7=infinity because none of us will have a tally sheet on every single person in our life with little marks beside each offense.
We are not meant to keep score. For if we did, none of us would have friends, marriages wouldn’t last a month and the world would be much worse than it is now.
We are meant to forgive as God has forgiven us.
As I said, these are my thoughts! If you disagree that’s totally cool. Share your thoughts in the comment section.
Have a great Sunday everyone!