…Forgive us our Debts, as we Forgive our Debtors…
Matthew 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
First the milk, then the meat.
Lev 25:10 And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.
God declares to the Israelites to proclaim liberty to their people. I understood this to be just back then- not for today. After all, the New Testament has replaced the Old.
Jeremiah 34:8-10 – This is the word that came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, after that the king Zedekiah had made a covenant with all the people which were at Jerusalem, to proclaim liberty unto them; That every man should let his manservant, and every man his maidservant, being an Hebrew or an Hebrewess, go free; that none should serve himself of them, to wit, of a Jew his brother. Now when all the princes, and all the people, which had entered into the covenant, heard that every one should let his manservant, and every one his maidservant, go free, that none should serve themselves of them any more, then they obeyed, and let them go.
Ok, then here’s an example where they were commanded to do it. They did it but then in the very next verse they changed their minds and took them back captive! This was just an Old testament story without any relevance or application to me today.
Matthew 6:12 – And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
Ok, I’m suppose to forgive others. Nothing new here; the world even knows this, “to err is human, to forgive divine.”
Matthew 18:18 – Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Never really understood what this means. I’ve heard, “Only priests can do this”, “Priests have the power to forgive sin”, along with various interpretations of demonic exorcisms.
Matthew 18:21-22 – Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
70 times 70- that’s a lot! More than I’d probably want to forgive others- especially if it was the same person! The specific number held no significance to me other than pretty much on-going.
Matthew 18:22-35 – Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
Great parable! Good example of why we should forgive and how it impacts us. But that was it- no understanding to other passages or spiritual meaning.
Luke 23:34 – Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.
Jesus as our perfect example- glory! How can He forgive such wickedness?? I couldn’t do that from the heart- some people are just wicked through and through.
Acts 9:59-60 – And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
Wow! Amazing that God gave him faith to do that. I doubt I could do that under similar circumstances.
So we’re all familiar with these verses and their meanings. We see truths and lessons in them and apply them to our walk.
But is that all there is?? Is there more? If there is, would you like to know?
And now the meat. Along with the meat goes a new title…
How to Experience a Personal Jubilee
What if all these verses were related? What if they led you to a deeper knowledge of God and His ways that made you exclaim, Glory to God? Well, they are and they will! Read on.
These verses are about a personal jubilee in your spirit that will set you free and make you an overcomer. We’ll start at Leviticus.
The 50th year was after the 49th- seven times seven. This was to occur every 49 years. This is God’s law of liberty- the jubile, given back then for a type and shadow for now. It is a picture of how God wants us to experience freedom. It is also a prophecy of what Jesus will do at His Second Coming.
God defines a ‘jubile’ as a time of freedom. Notice the year- the 50th year. This was after 49 years- we’ll come back to this later.
Here’s the Old Testament example that shows us how to obey Matt 6:12 today (1 Cor 10:6, Ro 15:4).
God reckons sin as debt. When one sins against you he is in your debt and you are his creditor. God commands us to forgive them (loose them; cancel their debt as Christ forgive out debt).
If we bind (don’t forgive our debtors) people they’ll remain bound in heaven; if we loose them (forgive them) they’ll be loosed in heaven. Which does God want us to do? Which shows the love and character of God?
Peter, in trying to understand, asks how many times we’re to forgive someone. Jesus answers, “seven times seventy”. 7 * 70 is 490, or 10 Jubiles! So Jesus is telling us we will experience freedom, or a Jubile, when we forgive others… willingly… unendingly!
Jesus right away then gives us a parable detailing these spiritual truths. Verse 27 tells us God reckons sin as debt, and you see the debt forgiven. Verse 28 reveals that the servant didn’t forgive those under him and had them put in prison until the debt was paid. Verse 34 tells us that since he failed to forgive others, he would not be forgiven, and he was cast into prison to pay his entire debt- but would be released when it was paid. Verse 35 gives us our conclusion and meaning.
Next we get a perfect example of Jesus obeying His heavenly Father. I never thought I could forgive in this manner in love… until God gave me grace.
Finally, we get a mere mortal’s example with the additional truth of what God does when we forgive- He lays not the sin to that person’s account!
So, to summarize, Jeremiah is a type or foreshadow of how God wants us to live and experience a jubilee by forgiving those in debt to us. Sin is reckoned as debt in Scripture. When one sins against you he is your debtor and you are his creditor. Matthew 6:12 tells us to forgive us our debtors (those who sin against us) which cancels their debt before God.
This sets him free along with yourself. God will not hold his debt to his charge as Stephen prayed, and you’ll be blessed as an overcomer because you’ve chosen to show mercy and love over justice and punishment. Yes, you’ve been wronged; yes, it hurts; yes, it’s not just; but which would you rather have God show you– mercy or justice?
Luke and Acts give us two examples- Jesus and Stephen.
This is what Matthew 18:18 tells us. God actually loosens the man’s debt against him! If we don’t forgive his debt (sin) it will stay bound until God deals with it.
About two months ago in June of 2015 the Lord showed this to me from a study guide and gave me faith to obey it. I forgave and loosened the debts of about 30 people their debts.
It felt very freeing; very true; and very relieving. I understood that God actually did something in the heavenlies– it wasn’t me just saying in my head, “I forgive you, —.” It was and is much more than that. God overcame in me (1 John 5:4-5, Rev 3:21) and gave me the victory!
I noticed the next week that my anger against people greatly diminished. And why not? Who could I still be angry with having discharged all their debts against me? I had no cause to plead anymore because I asked the Judge to declare, ”Case dismissed!”
I learned that the Old Testament law (not the ceremonial law) is simply a reflection of Who God is. It sets the rules and standards for living God’s Way. It is also a foreshadow of His law today for us, as well as all mankind. Lastly, it is prophetic because it reveals to us how God works and how He will work in the future.
I felt the love of Jesus’ prayer in Luke 23:34 and the spiritual understanding of the effects of Stephen’s prayer in Acts 9:60. It made me exclaim, ”Glory to God!”
How many of your debts (sins you’ve committed against others) would you want loosed in heaven? I thought so! So start today as a merciful creditor forgiving all your debtors and experience a jubilee!