Hosea 13:14 I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.
nacham, pronounced naw-kham’ ~ a primitive root; properly, to sigh, i.e. breathe strongly; by implication, to be sorry, i.e. (in a favorable sense) to pity, console or (reflexively) rue; or (unfavorably) to avenge (oneself):–comfort (self), ease (one’s self), repent(-er,-ing, self).
However, God, who knows the hearts of all, declares to them that He can see right through them. These people weep, but not over their sin. They are weeping and crying out to God because they are upset at the loss of things they love. They do not love God. They instead love the things He makes. They are returning to God, not for restoration with God, but for restoration of their goods.
In Ezekiel 18:21-22 the Lord God of Israel spoke the following words:
If a wicked man turns from all his sins which he has committed, keeps all My statutes, and does what is lawful and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die. None of the transgressions which he has committed shall be remembered against him; because of the righteousness which he has done, he shall live.
‘Surely he shall live’. The Old Testament, at least here in Ezekiel, certainly taught that one would receive life, if that one would turn from his sin.
God withdrew His blessings and sent temporal judgments whenever the nation turned away from Him in disobedience.
He withdrew temporal judgments and sent blessings whenever the nation turned away from her sinful deeds and turned back to Him in obedience.
Eternal salvation has always been and always will be by grace through faith. However, faith was lacking.
That is why the Messiah had to die on the cross for the sin of Adam‘s race and for ours, knowing that our faith might appear lacking as well.
It would behoove us to learn these lessons both as a nation and as individuals, so that we can keep moving forward towards the promised goal of salvation.
Genuine repentance involves three things that must not be pretended. The first is a true recognition of sin as sin. The mind of the sinful person must change about what he is doing. There is no longer any self-justification or excuse making. The person sees the sin for what it truly is; ugly rebellion against a perfect, loving, and holy God.
Luke 18:1-8 ¶ And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
In verse one it says that Jesus told the parable “to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” It then goes on to describe the poor widow who had been harshly treated and repeatedly went back to the judge to receive justice.
We see that even though the judge was not a God-fearing man and was described as not caring, he granted her request. It sounds like she was driving him crazy with her constant requests (v5)!
In verse 7 Jesus moves this story to God and asks the questions “And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?”
Because God is a good God, and not like the evil judge, we know He will. Jesus promises He will bring justice quickly.
In the second part of verse 8 Jesus says, “However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
This parable is a parable to encourage us to continue in prayer and not give up.
But Jesus is asking us all the same question: How many people will persist to the end and hold firm in their faith and trust in God?
So today I would encourage you to be persistent in prayer, keep trusting God and purpose in your heart to be found faithful when Jesus returns.
- “What Can Wash Away My Sin….”nothing But the Blood of Jesus” (verticalviewer.wordpress.com)
- Prophet Like Unto Moses (paulmarcelrene.wordpress.com)
- Salvation and Suicide (pttyann2.wordpress.com)
- Repentance, Remission, Persistence unto Salvation (eudoranachand.wordpress.com)
- A Work in Progress (eudoranachand.wordpress.com)
- Understanding the New Covenant Part Two ~ By Eudora Nachand (eudoranachand.wordpress.com)