Presentation on theme: "Forgiven Rebels. The whole community was threatening to stone them to death, but suddenly the people saw the dazzling light of the Lord's presence appear."— Presentation transcript:
The whole community was threatening to stone them to death, but suddenly the people saw the dazzling light of the Lord's presence appear over the Tent. The Lord said to Moses, ‘How much longer will these people reject me? How much longer will they refuse to trust in me, even though I have performed so many miracles among them?’” (Numbers 14:5-10 – GN).
“So now, LORD, I pray, show us your power and do what you promised when you said, 'I, the LORD, am not easily angered, and I show great love and faithfulness and forgive sin and rebellion. Yet I will not fail to punish children and grandchildren to the third and fourth generation for the sins of their parents.' And now, LORD, according to the greatness of your unchanging love, forgive, I pray, the sin of these people, just as you have forgiven them ever since they left Egypt.” (Numbers 14:17-19 GNB)
“The Lord answered, ‘I will forgive them, as you have asked. But I promise that as surely as I live and as surely as my presence fills the earth, none of these people will live to enter that land. They have seen the dazzling light of my presence and the miracles that I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness, but they have tried my patience over and over again and have refused to obey me. They will never enter the land which I promised to their ancestors. None of those who have rejected me will ever enter it’” (Numbers 14:20-23 – GN).
Forgiveness Did the people ask to be forgiven? Were they forgiven? How many of these forgiven people entered the promised land? How many of these forgiven people will arrive in heaven? Wouldn’t the fact that they were forgiven indicate a proper adjustment of their legal standing?
The Problem “Don’t think that the LORD is too weak to save you or too deaf to hear your call for help! But your sins have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.”(Isaiah 59:1,2) “If our conscience condemns us, we know that God is greater than our conscience and that he knows everything.” (1 John 3:20 – GN)
Who takes the initiation? “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9 – NKJV)
“Don't you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can't you see that His kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?” (Romans 2:4 NLT)
“For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive ( salach ), and abundant in loving kindness to all who call upon You.” (Psalm 86:5) – refers to the removal of our sense of guilt and condemnation produced by our sin
“Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong. Let them turn to the LORD that He may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for He will forgive (salach) generously.” (Isaiah 55:7 NLT)
“They refused to obey, and they were not mindful of Your wonders that You did among them. But they hardened their necks, and in their rebellion they appointed a leader to return to their bondage. But You are God, ready to forgive ( root: salach ), gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abundant in kindness, and did not forsake them.” (Nehemiah 9:17)
99 sheep, one lost 10 coins, one lost Prodigal son
“At last he came to his senses and said, ‘All my father's hired workers have more than they can eat, and here I am about to starve! I will get up and go to my father and say, ‘Father, I have sinned against God and against you. I am no longer fit to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired workers.’ So he got up and started back to his father. He was still a long way from home when his father saw him; his heart was filled with pity, and he ran, threw his arms around his son, and kissed him. ‘Father,’ the son said, ‘I have sinned against God and against you. I am no longer fit to be called your son.’
“But the father called to his servants. ‘Hurry!’ he said. ‘Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and shoes on his feet. Then go and get the prize calf and kill it, and let us celebrate with a feast! For this son of mine was dead, but now he is alive; he was lost, but now he has been found.’ And so the feasting began.” (Luke 15:23,24 – GN)
Then Jesus straightened up and asked her, "Where did they go? Has anyone condemned you?" The woman answered, "No one, sir." Jesus said, "I don't condemn you either. Go! From now on don't sin." (John 8:10-11 GW)
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive (aphiemi) us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9 – NKJV) “to send away,” the removal of guilt from one’s own psyche, sending away guilt and pain
“When the captain there saw what happened, he honored God: ‘This man was innocent! A good man, and innocent!’ All who had come around as spectators to watch the show, when they saw what actually happened, were overcome with grief and headed home.” (Luke 23:47,48 – The Message)
The physician model A 55 year old man comes to see you after missing his last 25 appointments…he is 20 minutes late for today’s appointment He has neglected his high blood pressure and diabetes for years His diet has been horrible and he is 70 pounds overweight He smokes 3 packs of cigarettes per day and has 2 6 packs of beer/night He hasn’t taken his medications. Now he is feeling dizzy and has headaches.
Terminal Diagnosis “There is no remedy for your injuries, and your wounds cannot be healed. All those who hear the news of your destruction clap their hands for joy. Did anyone escape your endless cruelty?” (Nahum 3:19)
Israel: “I wanted to heal Israel, but its sins were far too great. Samaria is filled with liars, thieves, and bandits!” (Hosea 7:1 – NLT)
Judah: “The LORD God of their ancestors repeatedly sent messages through his messengers because he wanted to spare his people and his dwelling place. But they mocked God’s messengers, despised his words, and made fun of his prophets until the LORD became angry with his people. He could no longer heal them” (2 Chronicles 36:15,16, GW). “Is there no medicine in Gilead? Are there no doctors there? Why, then, have my people not been healed? (Jeremiah 8:22 – GN). “The Lord says to his people, ‘Your wounds are incurable, your injuries cannot be healed. There is no one to take care of you, no remedy for your sores, no hope of healing for you.’” (Jeremiah 30:12:13 – GN).
Babylon: “Babylon will suddenly fall and be shattered. Cry for it. Bring medicine for its pain. Maybe it can be healed. We wanted to heal Babylon, but it couldn’t be healed.” (Jeremiah 51:8,9, GW). Egypt: “People of Egypt, go to Gilead and look for medicine! All your medicine has proved useless; nothing can heal you.” (Jeremiah 46:12 – GN)
“So the prophecy of Isaiah applies to them: ‘This people will listen and listen, but not understand; they will look and look, but not see, because their minds are dull, and they have stopped up their ears and have closed their eyes. Otherwise, their eyes would see, their ears would hear, their minds would understand, and they would turn to me, says God, and I would heal them.’” (Matthew 13:14-15 – GN)
“The members of the Council were amazed to see how bold Peter and John were and to learn that they were ordinary men of no education. They realized then that they had been companions of Jesus.” (Acts 4:13 – GN)
“Perfection” “You must be perfect---just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48 GNB)
“You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.' But now I tell you: do not take revenge on someone who wrongs you. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, let him slap your left cheek too. And if someone takes you to court to sue you for your shirt, let him have your coat as well. And if one of the occupation troops forces you to carry his pack one mile, carry it two miles.” (Matthew 5:38-41 GNB)
“When someone asks you for something, give it to him; when someone wants to borrow something, lend it to him. You have heard that it was said, 'Love your friends, hate your enemies.' But now I tell you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may become the children of your Father in heaven. For he makes his sun to shine on bad and good people alike, and gives rain to those who do good and to those who do evil.” (Matthew 5: GNB)
“If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that. In a word, what I'm saying is, Grow up. You're kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.” (Matthew 5:46-48 MSG)
Eye for an eye? – Don’t take revenge Hit on the cheek? – Turn the other cheek Romans abuse you? – Carry it an extra mile Sued for your shirt? – Give your coat too Give to anyone who asks Love friends, hate enemies? – Love and pray for your enemies For God sends rain and sun on the righteous and unrighteous…live the way God lives toward you Be like that! Grow up!
“Forgiveness is about power—it not only sets free the sinner from the burden of guilt but also sets free victims from being forever defined by what has hurt them.” Samuel Wells, Duke University
What forgiveness is not Forgiveness comes after we say we’re sorry Forgiveness equals salvation Forgiveness means the sinful act was “OK” or that there are no consequences Forgiveness means we “like” and trust the person Forgiveness is weakness “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” - Gandhi
“If you forgive (aphiemi) others the wrongs they have done to you, your Father in heaven will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive (aphiemi) others, then your Father will not forgive the wrongs you have done.” (Matthew 6:14-15 GNB)
“Freely you have received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:8) “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind and soul….Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” “Forgive us the wrongs we have done, as we forgive the wrongs that others have done to us.” (Matthew 6:12 GNB)
“So if you are about to offer your gift to God at the altar and there you remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar, go at once and make peace with your brother, and then come back and offer your gift to God.” (Matthew 5:23-24 GNB)
“Do not judge others, so that God will not judge you, for God will judge you in the same way you judge others, and he will apply to you the same rules you apply to others.” (Matthew 7:1-2 GNB) “Don't pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults--unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging.” (Matthew 7:1-2 MSG)
“The reason why so many...Christians are so notoriously 'unChristian' is simple: for the majority...Christianity isn't about the teaching of Jesus...Christianity as it exists among [some] isn't about behaving like Jesus. It's all about faith...The underlying message seems to be: you can behave any way you want as long as you believe...and say you're sorry before you die...There ought to be a term that would designate those who actually follow the teachings of Jesus, since the word 'Christian' has been largely divorced from those teachings, and so polluted...that it has come to connote their polar opposite: intolerance, vindictive hatred, and bigotry.” – Philip Slater