Other Accounts of What You Read in Matthew 18
Understanding the Scriptures
|Millstone (v. 6)||A heavy stone used to grind grain; it was so big that it had to be turned by a donkey|
|Offences (v. 7)||Activities that would lead the weak or unwary to sin or err|
|Halt (v. 8)||Unable to walk without great difficulty|
|Maimed (v. 8)||Limited use of an arm or a leg|
|Despise (v. 10)||Look down on|
|Perish (v. 14)||Be lost (or spiritually destroyed)|
|Trespass (v. 15)||Sin|
|Neglect (v. 17)||Refuse|
|Heathen (v. 17)||One who does not believe in God|
|As touching (v. 19)||About|
|Take account of his servants (v. 23)||Collect the money each servant owed|
|Reckon (v. 24)||Count, add up; figure things out|
|Ten thousand talents (v. 24)||An incredibly large sum of money, equal to millions of work days; an impossible sum to pay back|
|Besought (v. 29)||Asked with begging|
|Wroth (v. 34)||Angry|
|Tormentors (v. 34)||Those who operate the prison, a place of suffering and mistreatment|
Jesus and the Little Children, by Carl Heinrich Bloch, the National Historic Museum at Frederiksborg in Hillerod
Matthew 18:6—“Whoso Shall Offend One of These Little Ones”
In Matthew 18:3–6 Jesus commanded us not only to become as little children to enter His kingdom but also to make sure we care for little children. This could include not only those who are young in years, but also those who are young in the gospel—having recently made themselves like little children to enter the kingdom.
Speaking to those who abuse children, President Gordon B. Hinckley said, “I urge you with all of the capacity of which I am capable to stop it, to run from it, to get help, to plead with the Lord for forgiveness and make amends to those whom you have offended. God will not be mocked concerning the abuse of his little ones” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1994, 74; or Ensign, Nov. 1994, 54).
Studying the Scriptures
Do either activity A or B as you study Matthew 18.
According to Matthew 18:3–4, in what two ways is there a connection between us, little children, and the kingdom of heaven.
From what Jesus said in Matthew 18:5–14, write three statements—in your own words—that would encourage the proper treatment of children.
Solving Problems with Others
Jesus’ teachings in Matthew 18:15–35 can help us understand some ways to handle times when others offend us.
According to Matthew 18:15–17, what are the first three steps we should take when someone has offended us?
Verses 21–35 teach what we must do whenever someone has offended us. As you read the parable in verses 23–34, consider the explanation for “ten thousand talents” and “tormentors” in the “Understanding the Scriptures” section above. Write who or what in the parable represents the following: you, the Savior, the benefits you receive from the Atonement, someone who has done something offensive to you, suffering for unforgiven sins.
Write what Jesus said we should learn from this parable of the unmerciful servant.
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