Matthew 18: The Sermon about the Child, and the Parable of the Forgiving Master

Reposted from Pr. Wolfmueller:

(35 verses, 3:55 to read)
What I am about to READ
  • Jesus is teaching, first about the faith-filled children, then about the sinning brother, and finally a parable of the forgiving master.


  • This chapter has three major divisions:
    • 1-14, the sermon with the little child
    • 15-20, the sermon about the authority of the church
    • 21-35, the parable of the forgiving master.


  • Jesus here, and in many other places, talks of the faith of children. If our theology says that children do not have faith, then we have a different understanding of faith than Jesus.
  • 18:15ff give instructions for talking to a fellow Christian that has sinned against us. Notice that it is the responsibility of the person sinned against to go and talk to the brother.
  • In the Parable of the Forgiving Master the servant would be right to demand what he was owed by his fellow servant, except that his master had forgiven him his huge debt. The cross makes our demands of fairness and justice seem sinfully silly.


  •  The parable in the end of the chapter is a beautiful picture of the Lord’s mercy and kindness, and the resulting kindness of the Lord’s people. This parable explains the fifth petition of the Lord’s Prayer, “forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.”
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-Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller

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