May 20, 2017 | The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

The Parables of Jesus, Part 2

Continuing this week in our three-part series on the parables of Jesus, Chris takes us to Matthew 18:21-35. Here we find the parable on the unforgiving servant. We’ll see how this servant is in two positions of power: under the king and over his servant.

We’ll learn this simple but powerful parable shows us one major thing: forgiveness is freedom. But do we believe that? Do we truly believe that as believers forgiveness from our Heavenly Father is greater than any wrongdoing made against you? We learned last week that through parables, Jesus was trying to strengthen the true meaning of what He was trying to teach the His followers. This week shows a clear picture to us as believers in Jesus, the depth of our sinfulness and the goodness of our great King.

If you missed Part 1 of this series, please click here to listen.

If you’d like to listen to Part 3 of this series, please click here.

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Why Did Jesus Speak in Parables?

“He who has ears, let him hear.” This was a popular phrase recorded in the Gospels that Jesus would say to His followers. Last week we learned that Jesus spoke in parables so not to give his enemies any ground to stand on. This week we learn another reason Jesus spoke in parables, to enlighten His disciples to the mysteries of the Kingdom. Chris will explain how that is much how the Holy Spirit works with us today.  

Apples of Gold: Out of Zion

Zvi reflects on the freedoms of believers in the United States. Many that we take for granted. After a trip to America, he went back to his job and no one asked him how his trip was. They only asked how many he had led astray by the teachings of Jesus. Zvi shared with them Isaiah 2:3b “For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.”  

Zvi’s story is available in Elwood McQuaid’s book, “Zvi: The Miraculous Story of Triumph over the Holocaust,” available at our online store.

More stories from Zvi are also available in his book, “The Best of Zvi,” available at our online store.


The Friends of Israel Today and Apples of Gold theme music was composed and performed by Jeremy Strong.

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