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Forgiveness

6th February 2010, mgh

 

2) Forgiveness in Action

Hezekiah, who had been dying, had prayed earnestly to Yahweh and recovered from his illness. He made mention of his sins, saying, “ but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.” In love Yahweh forgave his sins.

O Lord, by these things men live, and in all these things is the life of my spirit: so wilt thou recover me, and make me to live. Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.

For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth.The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known thy truth.(Isaiah 38:16-19)



Micah prophesies that despite the nation of Israel's iniquities, Yahweh's purpose will be achieved in the earth and a remnant of the nation will be saved and their iniquities pardoned.

The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf. They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the LORD our God, and shall fear because of thee.

Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.

He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.(Micah 7: 18-19)


The nation of Israel had been taken into captivity and upon returning to their own land Ezra prays to Yahweh acknowledging the sins of his people and giving thanks for the opportunity that the people have to be enlightened and turn again to their God, through his mercy and forgiveness.

And at the evening sacrifice I arose up from my heaviness; and having rent my garment and my mantle, I fell upon my knees, and spread out my hands unto the LORD my God, And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens.

Since the days of our fathers have we been in a great trespass unto this day; and for our iniquities have we, our kings, and our priests, been delivered into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity, and to a spoil, and to confusion of face, as it is this day.

And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage. (Ezra 9: 5-8)


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