“Now forgive my sine once more and pray to the Lord your God to take this deadly plague away from me. Moses then left Pharaoh and prayed to the Lord.” (Exodus 10:17-18)
It is written that after Moses prayed to the Lord, that the Lord changed the wind to a very strong west wind, which caught up he locusts and carried them into the Red Sea. Not a locust was left anywhere in Egypt. But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart and he would not let the Israelites go. God did indeed forgive Pharaoh his sins, in response to Moses’ prayer. When we misuse or abuse our freedom, like this Pharaoh misused and abused his freedom, we collide with God’s power. If we harden our hearts as did the Pharaoh, God may choose to further harden our hearts. We should always remember that God is the Potter, and that we are the clay.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You understand us much better than we seem to understand ourselves. Like the story of Joseph’s brothers selling him into slavery in Egypt, to remove him from the family, what they did was meant for evil. Instead of bringing revenge upon them, he forgave them and told them that God had taken him out of his slavery and allowed him to flourish in leadership only to become a powerful blessing to be able to feed his brothers and their families and turn their evil into a restoration of family ties. Let our worship then flow out of grateful hearts. This we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Hatred is not a human value nor of God; it is a trait of the ‘Great Liar!”
“O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For your sake, O my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name.” (Daniel 9:19)
God forgives sin for His name’s sake as well as for our sake. Believers who use God’s personal name indicate they belong to God and represent His name to the world. He seeks to cleanse and forgive so His name will be seen as pure and holy by the world. We must, however, recognize our sin, and honestly seek His forgiveness with repentant hearts, desiring not to sin again.
“Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him.” (Romans 4:7-8)
Paul believed the quotation from Psalm 32:1-2 (“Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit.), to teach justification by faith and God’s free forgiveness of sins. Those whose sins are covered are blessed!
SECOND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“And so I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.” (Matthew 12:31-32)
Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is the one sin which will be be forgiven. Those who commit this sin are so warped and twisted in their values that they attribute to the devil the work of God and to God the work of the devil. Anxiety about having committed this sin is a sure sign that one has not committed it. The words warn against presumption and do not limit God’s grace. If you are convicted by the Holy Spirit to ask for forgiveness, you may be sure Gd will forgive.
This age anticipates an age to come. The idea of two ages is rooted in the prophetic messages of the Old Testament but finds clear expression in the New Testament. The present age is characterized by the presence of evil and the activity of Satan. Christ’s victory was achieved in this age but will be fully revealed in the age to come through the church. Believers live in this age but already participate in the age to come through Christ.