This post is Day 5 in a series of studies about “Forgiveness”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.
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Forgiveness – Day 5
If someone asked you to describe God, would this description fit your explanation of who He is? All the way through the Old Testament, we read of the Israelites turning to God, confessing their sins, and then forgetting Him and turning towards idols, or committing adultery or just complaining again.
Who is a God like You, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of His inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.
If someone asked you to describe God, would this description fit your explanation of who He is? All the way through the Old Testament, we read of the Israelites turning to God, confessing their sins, and then forgetting Him and turning towards idols, or committing adultery or just complaining that they were fed up with life as it was. They were rarely happy with their situation, or so it seems. They didn’t understand that they were part of a long term project. And they wanted instant answers to their prayers and complaints. Don’t we all do that sometimes?
Micah, the Old Testament prophet who wrote the short book bearing his name lived at the same time as Isaiah. A time when the Holy Land had been split into the two kingdoms of North and South and there was more and more foreign influence over religious practices.
This prophet was declaring to God, and to anyone else who would listen that Jehovah God was the only God who could and would totally forgive the sins of His followers. He was, and is still, the only God who doesn’t require sacrifices. Even before the time of Jesus, He asked for nothing but their loyalty and recognition that they had got sidetracked from their faithfulness to Him.
Think today about your loyalty to God and His to you. Be grateful that He is always listening, and is always there to comfort and bring peace, but also to rebuke us if necessary.
Read Micah 7 and liken it to our world today, and be encouraged that God has not changed. He is still forgiving the wrongdoings of His family.
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