DAILY REFLECTION: THE PARDONING GOD – WED. 20th FEB, 2019

WED. 20th FEB, 2019

THEME: THE PARDONING GOD

TEXT: ISAIAH 43:22–28
22. But thou hast not called upon me, O Jacob; but thou hast been weary of me, O Israel. 23. Thou hast not brought me the small cattle of thy burnt offerings; neither hast thou honoured me with thy sacrifices. I have not caused thee to serve with an offering, nor wearied thee with incense. 24. Thou hast bought me no sweet cane with money, neither hast thou filled me with the fat of thy sacrifices: but thou hast made me to serve with thy sins, thou hast wearied me with thine iniquities. 25. I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. 26. Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified. 27. Thy first father hath sinned, and thy teachers have transgressed against me. 28. Therefore I have profaned the princes of the sanctuary, and have given Jacob to the curse, and Israel to reproaches.

MESSAGE
The word “Pardon,” means to forgive, or to let an offender off the hook in an offence which deserves punishment. The pardoning God, as used in our reflection today is in a present continuous tense. This implies that God is still in the business of forgiving sins when a sinner repents of them and turns away from every known, conscious or unconscious sin he or she may have committed(Proverb 28:13).

In the light of our passage today, those who neglect to call upon God are weary of him. God is not tired of His servants, but the children of Israel made Him tired or weary with their disobedience. Many of us, like the children of Israel, make God tired or weary. Are you one of them? Think about it.

The question is: What were the riches of God’s mercy toward them? God says, I, even I, Am He who yet blots out your transgressions. This encourages us to repent, because there is forgiveness with God, and shows the freeness of divine mercy. When God forgives, He forgets.

It is not for anything good in us, but for His mercy’s sake, His promises’ sake and for His Son’s sake (Jesus Christ), who came to our world and died for the redemption of all mankind. No love is, of course, greater than this. Can you die for your friend?

Therefore, since man cannot justify himself before God, and our first father Adam broke the covenant with God through disobedience, and we have copied his example, we have no reason to expect pardon, except we consciously seek it by faith in Christ Jesus. When you genuinely repent of your sins, God gives you a new and pure heart, and whatever you do will surely prosper. You will call God and He will answer, He will give you the Hotline to Him! Hallelujah!

Let us then put Him to remembrance of the promises He has made to the penitent and the satisfaction His son has made for us (Isaiah 43:26). Plead and declare these things, that we may be justified freely by His grace. This is surest way to strive for peace and holiness (Hebrews 12:4).

HYMN: EMHB 38(LM)
1: FATHER of heaven, whose love profound
A ransom for our souls hath found,
Before Thy throne we sinners bend;
To us Thy pardoning love extend.

2: Almighty Son, incarnate Word,
Our Prophet, Priest. Redeemer, Lord,
Before Thy throne we sinners bend;
To us Thy saving grace extend.

3. Eternal Spirit, by whose breath
The soul is raised from sin and death,
Before Thy throne we sinners bend;
To us Thy quickening power extend.

4: Thrice Holy: Father, Spirit, Son;
Mysterious Godhead, Three in One,
Before Thy throne we sinners bend;
Grace, pardon, life to us extend.

MEMORY VERSE: Isaiah 43:25 “Yet you did not call upon Me, O Jacob, but you have been weary of Me, O Israel!”

PRAYER:
Let the blood of the Lamb wash us clean today and evermore. Amen.

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