1 Samuel 15:24–26

24 Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned. I violated the LORD’s command and your instructions. I was afraid of the men and so I gave in to them. 25 Now I beg you, forgive my sin and come back with me, so that I may worship the LORD.”
26 But Samuel said to him, “I will not go back with you. You have rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD has rejected you as king over Israel!”

Comment: Will the Lord reject me if I sin.  What if I fear standing up for God when I am challenged, will God reject me today.

Joshua 24:19-25

Joshua 24:19-25 (NIV)

19 But Joshua said to the people, “You are not able to serve the LORD, for he is a holy God. He is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions or your sins. 20 If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, then he will turn and do you harm and consume you, after having done you good.” 21 And the people said to Joshua, “No, but we will serve the LORD.” 22 Then Joshua said to the people, “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen the LORD, to serve him.” And they said, “We are witnesses.” 23 He said, “Then put away the foreign gods that are among you, and incline your heart to the LORD, the God of Israel.” 24 And the people said to Joshua, “The LORD our God we will serve, and his voice we will obey.” 25 So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and put in place statutes and rules for them at Shechem. 26 And Joshua wrote these words in the Book of the Law of God.

Comment: Have I forsaked my God, have I turned away from him and have I said, I will not turn away.  Yet, in my day, why am I not filled with confidence at every moment.  Is my faith like trying to draw a straight line over a perfect line.  I waver over and under – but God does not waver in His love and faith in me.  It reminds me, God should be with me all the time – not just when I remember.

My Advocate!

Exodus 32:31–32 (NIV)

31 So Moses went back to the Lord and said, “Oh, what a great sin these people have committed! They have made themselves gods of gold. 32 But now, please forgive their sin—but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written.”

Comment:  My thought when I read this was, I want an advocate like Moses to talk to God for me.  Moses went to bat for his people.  Then I remembered, I do have one, I have Jesus Christ!

Forgive VS Pardon – and more . . .

First things first.  When I looked up the word forgive in my software version of the Bible, I have two versions, NIV and ESV, I just found that the ESV does not use the word forgive, it used the word pardon.  The ESV is said to be a word for word translation, I find the use of the two different words interesting in itself.  What is the difference between pardon and forgive?

Pardon: the excusing of an offense without exacting a penalty
Forgive: to give up resentment of or claim to requital (see requital 1) for forgive an insult :  to grant relief from payment of
The difference to me between the two words is the emotional part.  Forgive not only does not hold the action against you, meaning expecting a payment a payback, but also eliminates any emotional hostility, anger, bitterness that goes with it.  A pardon simply means, you sinned, I won’t hold the act against you, forgive means, I am emotionally disconnected from your act as well, I will not bring it up again when I want to use it against you for my benefit.

Exodus 23:20–26 (NIV)

God’s Angel to Prepare the Way

20 “See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared. 21 Pay attention to him and listen to what he says. Do not rebel against him; he will not forgive your rebellion, since my Name is in him. 22 If you listen carefully to what he says and do all that I say, I will be an enemy to your enemies and will oppose those who oppose you. 23 My angel will go ahead of you and bring you into the land of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hivites and Jebusites, and I will wipe them out. 24 Do not bow down before their gods or worship them or follow their practices. You must demolish them and break their sacred stones to pieces. 25 Worship the Lord your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, 26 and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span.

Commentary:  This makes me think, the statement Exodus 23:22 If you listen carefully to what he says and do all that I say, I will be an enemy to your enemies and will oppose those who oppose you. Is that truly us being a Christin is supposed to be, thus God’s commitment to us as he asks of us our commitment.  The difference, today, is God does forgive us and thank God for that.  If you do all that I say, God says in Exodus 23:22, isn’t that right on the verge of being perfect?

The quote made me think, am I doing all that God says?  How much of it am I doing and why?  Maybe I will make a list and start working on checking off the things I am doing which is not of God asking me to do.

 

God Bless,

Leland

 

 

Exodus 10:17

Exodus 10:16-20  (NIV)

16 Then Pharaoh hastily called Moses and Aaron and said, “I have sinned against the LORD your God, and against you. 17 Now therefore, forgive my sin, please, only this once, and plead with the LORD your God only to remove this death from me.” 18 So he went out from Pharaoh and pleaded with the LORD. 19 And the LORD turned the wind into a very strong west wind, which lifted the locusts and drove them into the Red Sea. Not a single locust was left in all the country of Egypt. 20 But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not let the people of Israel go.


God was involved in this from both ends.  He said he would harden Pharaoh’s heart, but also honored the word of Moses by removing the curse from Pharaoh.  But we know that Pharaoh renigged on this repetence several times and moses pleaded with him several times too.

What this does make me aware of, is how genuine in my request to God for my forgiveness is and when he does give it, how thankful am I, do I show true repentance, or will I be like Pharaoh?  I pray I am not, but in somethings I can tell I am.  Maybe it is my thorn in my side?  But I realize, I need to pray for the strength to not repeat my sin.

 

 

 

My Word for the Week – Forgive(ness)

I have chosen Forgive(ness) as my world for the week, something I feel I need to work on.  Thus, my posts will have this word in them.  I will also add what the verse means to me, what is my interpertation.

Genesis 50:17 (NIV)

17 ‘This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly.’ Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father.” When their message came to him, Joseph wept.

This was done when Joseph’s dad was close to death and Jacob wanted to make sure there was no strife between his sons.  I believe Jacob realized, it was God’s plan which brought Joseph to the position and place he was – a place he could save his family.

For me, this is one of the toughest forgiveness.  Forgiving people because of the “evil” they did provided a benefit to me.  Thus, I am to thank the very person who wanted to destroy me for their effort do do so.

I guess it’s not much different, as I think about it, than competition in a sport.  We are glad to have tough competition, we really don’t get mad at them regardless of the outcome, but if they did not try and beat us, then we would not be betteri either.  But it is hard to reward evil, isn’t it?