70 x 7 = Forgiveness – Forgiveness Sundays August 4, 2019

As I contemplated this week’s Forgiveness Sundays post, I kept getting the sense about the response of Jesus to Peter question about how often one should forgive a brother who sinned against you, in Matthew 18:21 – 22

Matthew 18:21-22

21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

King James Version (KJV)

I looked up the 70 times 7 on both my least favorite search engine and YouTube. This YouTube video – 70 x 7 = Forgiveness https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WG3IfA39Z9k (around 8:16 minutes long) and the YouTuber‘s post – https://www.fusionglobal.org/why-7-times-70/ were high on both searches.

I know some literalists and legalists who would argue the point that 70 times 7 is the maximum number of times you should forgive someone, but the point I believe Jesus was making went beyond simply 490 times being the maximum number of times you should forgive someone based on numerous other quotes that used forgive or forgiveness by Jesus in the Gospels.

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5 Responses to 70 x 7 = Forgiveness – Forgiveness Sundays August 4, 2019

  1. SLIMJIM says:

    Amen: “I know some literalists and legalists who would argue the point that 70 times 7 is the maximum number of times you should forgive someone, but the point I believe Jesus was making went beyond simply 490 times being the maximum number of times you should forgive someone”

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    • I agree with you, but am sure I could find plenty of people who would keep track and as soon as 491st time, stop forgiving. Too many other places in the Bible, it is clear that forgiveness is something that should be ongoing.

      One of my nieces was killed by a hit and run driver many years ago who was never caught. I don’t pray for them to get caught. I pray the person may find Jesus if they haven’t yet. It’s been long enough ago, the person may already have died, but since I don’t know, I keep the person in my prayers.

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