The Riddle of the Seventy Sevens
Matthew 18:21-22: A Preterist Commentary: Summary and Highlights
In Matthew 18:21-22, Jesus answers Peter’s question about how often to forgive with an Easter egg whose solution points to the year in which Christ would be killed for the remission of sins. See the following Preterist commentary on Matthew 18:21-22 for a detailed explanation of the underlying meaning and amazing fulfillment of Jesus’ seemingly simple reply.
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The Riddle of the Seventy Sevens
21Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” 22Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
A Preterist Commentary on Matthew 18:21-22: Jesus answers Peter in a Riddle whose Solution reveals the Year God forgave the Sins of the World.
In some ancient manuscripts Jesus’ reply is slightly different: “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy times seven times.” It is likely that the latter reading is more true to the original manuscript. The seventy sevens in Jesus’ reply is a direct allusion to Daniel 9:24: “Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness . . . .” When Peter asks Jesus how many times he is to forgive his brother, Jesus answers in a riddle whose solution reveals the year in which God would forgive the sins of the world.
A Preterist Commentary on Matthew 18:21-22: The Meaning of the Seventy Sevens . . .
As explained in the preterist commentary on Daniel 9, the seventy “sevens” of Daniel 9:24 was a 490 year interval which terminated in A.D. 33, the most likely year of Christ’s crucifixion. In Matthew 18:21-22, Jesus tells His disciples to forgive seventy times seven times. In this response, the disciples are given the impression that they are to forgive abundantly. But there is more to this answer than meets the eye. Jesus’ answer also conveys a message about when He was to die for the sins of the world and God would no longer accept the blood of animals for the forgiveness of sin. In other words after A.D. 33, God would no longer forgive the Jewish people if they failed to repent and turn to Jesus. According to Matthew 18:22, the disciples were to forgive seventy times seven times as God had in Daniel 9:24.
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Matthew 18:21-22: A Preterist Commentary: Conclusion
As stated in the above Preterist commentary on Matthew 18:21-22, Jesus answers Peter’s question about how often to forgive with a riddle whose solution points to A.D. 33, the year in which Christ was killed for the remission of sins.