Forgiveness

Can a person be forgiven for murder? - I Timothy 1:12 – 1:14 (commentary)

General Oglethorpe once said to John Wesley, “I never forgive and I never forget.” To which Wesley replied, “Then, Sir, I hope you never sin.” (Source unknown). …

Jesus Forgives The Adulterous Women - John 8:8 – 8:11 (commentary)

Jesus bent over and began writing on the ground (v. 8). The people left one by one, beginning with the oldest (v. 9). Finally, Jesus and the woman were there alone (v. 10). Jesus then asked her, “Where is everyone? Isn’t there anyone left to accuse you,” and she said no …

Onesimus Financial Obligation - Philemon 1:18 – 1:25 (commentary)

Paul asked Philemon to charge any financial obligation Onesimus might have to his account, but don’t forget that you owe me your life. (vv. 18-19). It appears that, as Philemon’s spiritual father, he was hoping that Philemon would feel a debt of gratitude and would want to …

Jesus Heals a Paralyzed Man - Luke 5:17 – 5:26 (commentary)

Some days afterward Jesus again comes to Capernaum, possibly at Peter’s house and the crowd gathered to hear Him preach and to see Him heal. So many came that the crowd filled the house and began to crowd around the house. In fact some of these were official reli­gious …

Jesus Tells About Forgiveness and Faith - Luke 17:1 – 17:10 (commentary)

As Jesus travels toward Jerusalem and eventually the cross, He is teaching His disciples and preparing them for the time He will no longer be with them. In the passage we are reading today he is teaching them about forgiveness and faithfulness: Forgiveness (vv. 1- …

Consecrating the Altar - Ezekiel 43:13 – 43:27 (commentary)

The substance of the prophet’s vision now returns to a description of parts of the temple area and regulations concerning the temple’s future use. At the very heart of the temple was its altar; the prophet first describes the altar, and then indicates the procedures by whic …

Salvation of The Righteous - Isaiah 33:13 – 33:24 (commentary)

When the Jews in Jerusalem saw 185,000 Assyrian soldiers slain by God in one night, they realized that the God of Israel was “a consuming fireā€¯ (Isa. 10:17). This miracle deliverance of Jerusalem not only brought glory to God among the Gentiles but it also brought fear …

Reassurance of God’s Forgiveness - Isaiah 51:12 – 51:23 (commentary)

The implication of this passage is that when a person does not remember who God really is and what He has done, he will always fear men, rather than God (vv. 12-16). God’s people feared Babylon and not God. He asked them why they are afraid of mere human beings (vv. 12-13). They …

Job Explains How He is Righteous - Job 27:1 – 27:23 (commentary)

This chapter can be described as the hopelessness of the godless, apart from forgiveness. Job takes an oath (vv. 1-6). He repeated his charge that God was not treating him fairly (v. 2). He asked God to declare the charges against him, but the heavens had been silent. Jo …

Adonijah Hears of Solomon’s Coronation - I Kings 1:41 – 1:53 (commentary)

Joseph Reveals His Identity - Genesis 45:1 – 45:15 (commentary)

Approximately a year had passed since Joseph’s brothers had first arrived in Egypt. He simply had to wait patiently until his brothers had evidenced a change of heart and mind (repentance) (v. 1-3). Joseph urges his brothers to bring their father down to Egypt where they wo …

Haman Persuades The King to Kill All Jews - Esther 3:1 – 3:15 (commentary)

We are now introduced to the villain of the story, Haman, who becomes the archenemy of Mordecai, Esther, and the Jewish nation. King Ashasuerus evidently didn=t like to perform the details of government so he had handed over to Haman the day to day work of ruling. Since Haman had …

Solomon Prays For The Forgiveness of Sin - II Chronicles 6:22 – 6:31 (commentary)

In today’s passage Solomon looks ahead (vv. 22-31) and asks God to help His people in various trials of life. He petitioned for his own needs back in chapter 1. Now he shows great concern for his people. The heart of the pastor is taken up with the needs of his flock. Walls are …

Sacrifices to Make Things Right - Leviticus 5:14 – 5:19 (commentary)

The order of the offerings is very significant. This fourth and fifth offering comes only after the first three, which have dealt, as we have seen, with the basic needs of men for love (the burnt offering), joy (the meal offering, representing the response to love), and peace (th …

Sacrifices to Ask The Lord’s Blessing - Leviticus 7:1 – 7:21 (commentary)

The sacrifice to make things right is very sacred (v. 1).The animal must be killed in the same place where the sacrifice to please me is killed, and the animal’s blood must be splattered against the four sides of the bronze altar (v. 2). Offer all of the animal’s fat, including …

How Many Times Should We Forgive? - Matthew 18:21 – 18:35 (commentary)

Peter asked the Lord how many times you should forgive someone who did something to wrong youĀ (v. 21). He asked if 7 times was enough and the Lord said, “not just 7 times but 77 times (v. 22).ā€¯ Then a story was told about a king who called his officials in and ask …

David Forgives Absalom - II Samuel 14:25 – 14:33 (commentary)

No one in all Israel was as handsome and well-built as Absalom (v. 25). His hair was thick and heavy which he only cut once a year (v. 26). He had three sons and a daughter named Tamar who was very beautiful (v. 27). He came back and lived in Jerusalem for two years but didn&rsqu …