Preparing Through Parable: The Bigger Debt



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




We all owe huge debt, far greater than we even comprehend.  It is tempting to minimize how  deep a hole we have dug ourselves.  When we acknowledge the reality of the extent of our sin, His promise of grace becomes an overwhelming gift of love unlike anything we have ever known.

Debt not just forgiven, but paid in full through the shedding of His own blood.

What wondrous love is this?  He makes sure we know how wondrous.

May my eyes see, my ears hear, my heart understand.  He prepares me with parable.





One thought on “Preparing Through Parable: The Bigger Debt

  1. Perfect!
    Your words are true and beautifully specific to the gift of forgiveness, continual love and healing restoration —
    a gift that we could never ‘earn,’ but one that is given freely by our Creator out of love for us, His children.
    What struck me immediately are the two pictures showing the juxtaposition of the gnarled lifeless dead flower (still attached to the branch that holds it) and the freshly-bloomed, stainless pure white flower – symbol of restoration and new life. My imagination went a step further by noting that the new flower has three petals — symbolic of The Trinity?

    Thank you, dear Emily.

    Liked by 1 person

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