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

 

 

Proverbs 22 (ESV)

A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,

and favor is better than silver or gold.

Proverbs 22:4 (ESV)

The reward for humility and fear of the Lord

is riches and honor and life.

Proverbs 22:6 (ESV)

Train up a child in the way he should go;

even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 22:8 (ESV)

Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity,

and the rod of his fury will fail.

Proverbs 22:11 (ESV)

11  He who loves purity of heart,

and whose speech is gracious, will have the king as his friend.

Proverbs 22:15 (ESV)

15  Folly is bound up in the heart of a child,

but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.

Words of the Wise

Proverbs 22:17–18 (ESV)

Words of the Wise

17  Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise,

and apply your heart to my knowledge,

18  for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you,

if all of them are ready on your lips.

Proverbs 22:22–23 (ESV)

22  Do not rob the poor, because he is poor,

or crush the afflicted at the gate,

23  for the Lord will plead their cause

and rob of life those who rob them.

Proverbs 22:24–25 (ESV)

24  Make no friendship with a man given to anger,

nor go with a wrathful man,

25  lest you learn his ways

and entangle yourself in a snare.

Proverbs 22:28 (ESV)

28  Do not move the ancient landmark

that your fathers have set.

The Way of Wisdom & The Way of Folly

Proverbs 9:1–2 (ESV)

9 Wisdom has built her house;

she has hewn her seven pillars.

She has slaughtered her beasts; she has mixed her wine;

she has also set her table.

Proverbs 9:6 (ESV)

Leave your simple ways, and live,

and walk in the way of insight.”

Proverbs 9:7–8 (ESV)

Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse,

and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury.

Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you;

reprove a wise man, and he will love you.

Proverbs 9:9 (ESV)

Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;

teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.

Proverbs 9:12 (ESV)

12  If you are wise, you are wise for yourself;

if you scoff, you alone will bear it.

The Way of Folly

Proverbs 9:13–18 (ESV)

The Way of Folly

13  The woman Folly is loud;

she is seductive and knows nothing.

14  She sits at the door of her house;

she takes a seat on the highest places of the town,

15  calling to those who pass by,

who are going straight on their way,

16  “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”

And to him who lacks sense she says,

17  “Stolen water is sweet,

and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”

18  But he does not know that the dead are there,

that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.

Jude 1:17-21 NIV

Jude 1:17-21 NIV

But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. [18] They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” [19] These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit. [20] But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, [21] keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.

 

Mary . . .

Luke 1:30-33 NIV
But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. [31] You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. [32] He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, [33] and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

He is Always Present 

Psalm 72:1-2,4,12-14,19-20 NIV

Endow the king with your justice, O God, the royal son with your righteousness. [2] May he judge your people in righteousness, your afflicted ones with justice. [4] May he defend the afflicted among the people and save the children of the needy; may he crush the oppressor. [12] For he will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help. [13] He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death. [14] He will rescue them from oppression and violence, for precious is their blood in his sight. [19] Praise be to his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen and Amen. [20] This concludes the prayers of David son of Jesse.