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.

 

 

 

Proverbs 26 – Selected Verses

Proverbs 26:2 (NIV)

Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow,

an undeserved curse does not come to rest.

Proverbs 26:4 (NIV)

Do not answer a fool according to his folly,

or you yourself will be just like him.

Proverbs 26:6 (NIV)

Sending a message by the hands of a fool

is like cutting off one’s feet or drinking poison.

Proverbs 26:11 (NIV)

11 As a dog returns to its vomit,

so fools repeat their folly.

Proverbs 26:18–19 (NIV)

18 Like a maniac shooting

flaming arrows of death

19 is one who deceives their neighbor

and says, “I was only joking!”

Proverb 24 – Selected Verses

Proverbs 24:21–22 (ESV)

21  My son, fear the Lord and the king,

and do not join with those who do otherwise,

22  for disaster will arise suddenly from them,

and who knows the ruin that will come from them both?

Proverbs 24:26 (ESV)

26  Whoever gives an honest answer

kisses the lips.

Proverbs 24:29 (ESV)

29  Do not say, “I will do to him as he has done to me;

I will pay the man back for what he has done.”

Proverbs 24 – Selected Verses

Proverbs 24 (ESV)

24 Be not envious of evil men,

nor desire to be with them,

for their hearts devise violence,

and their lips talk of trouble.

Proverbs 24:5–7 (ESV)

A wise man is full of strength,

and a man of knowledge enhances his might,

for by wise guidance you can wage your war,

and in abundance of counselors there is victory.

Wisdom is too high for a fool;

in the gate he does not open his mouth.

Proverbs 24:10–11 (ESV)

10  If you faint in the day of adversity,

your strength is small.

Proverbs 24:14 (ESV)

14  Know that wisdom is such to your soul;

if you find it, there will be a future,

and your hope will not be cut off.

Proverbs 24:17–18 (ESV)

17  Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,

and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles,

18  lest the Lord see it and be displeased,

and turn away his anger from him.

How Shall We Sing the Lord’s Song?

Psalm 137:1–7 (ESV)

By the waters of Babylon,

there we sat down and wept,

when we remembered Zion.

On the willows there

we hung up our lyres.

For there our captors

required of us songs,

and our tormentors, mirth, saying,

“Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”

How shall we sing the Lord’s song

in a foreign land?

If I forget you, O Jerusalem,

let my right hand forget its skill!

Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth,

if I do not remember you,

if I do not set Jerusalem

above my highest joy!

Remember, O Lord, against the Edomites

the day of Jerusalem,

how they said, “Lay it bare, lay it bare,

down to its foundations!”