The Unmerciful Servant

The Unmerciful Servant

Matthew 18:21-35

Stained Glass Window "Unmerciful Servant"

The unmerciful servant is portrayed in his two roles. He is shown begging the king for mercy since he cannot repay his huge debt. This debt is represented by the large gold colored bag and should be contrasted with the smaller silver colored bag in the lower corner of the window. The same servant is also shown, arrogant and cruel, leading his rope-bound debtor to prison.This window was given in memory of Mrs. Olga Hanson from her children Harold, Axel, Carl, John, Haakon, Mary, Olga, and Genevieve.

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?”Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

“Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.

“The servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me, ‘he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything. The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.

“But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denari. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.

“His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’

“But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened.

“Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.

“This is how my heavenly Farther will treat each of you unless you forgive you brother from your heart.”

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