Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 24, 2015

“Surely, do you not have transgressions of your own against the Lord your God?”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Chronicles chapter 28.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Chronicles+28&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“6 For Pekah the son of Remaliah (king of Israel) slew in Judah 120,000 in one day, all valiant men, because they had forsaken the Lord God of their fathers. 7 And Zichri, a mighty man of Ephraim, slew Maaseiah the king’s son and Azrikam the ruler of the house and Elkanah the second to the king.

8 The sons of Israel carried away captive of their brethren 200,000 women, sons and daughters;  and they took also a great deal of spoil from them, and brought the spoil to Samaria.  9 But a prophet of the Lord was there, whose name was Oded;  and he went out to meet the army which came to Samaria and said to them, “Behold, because the Lord, the God of your fathers, was angry with Judah, He has delivered them into your hand, and you have slain them in a rage which has even reached heaven.  10 Now you are proposing to subjugate for yourselves the people of Judah and Jerusalem for male and female slaves.  Surely, do you not have transgressions of your own against the Lord your God?  11 Now therefore, listen to me and return the captives whom you captured from your brothers, for the burning anger of the Lord is against you.”

15 Then the men who were designated by name arose, took the captives, and they clothed all their naked ones from the spoil;  and they gave them clothes and sandals, fed them and gave them drink, anointed them with oil, led all their feeble ones on donkeys, and brought them to Jericho, the city of palm trees, to their brothers;  then they returned to Samaria.”  2 Chronicles Chapter 28:  Verses 6-11 and 15.

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Reformed Doctrine most clearly recognizes that we all have transgressions of our own against the LORD our God as shown by its teaching of “Total Depravity”, the “T” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.  In our natural condition, we all are dead in sin, hostile to God, enslaved to sin and Satan.

Reformed Doctrine most clearly recognizes that all that is good that we have received (forgiveness, mercy, and other blessings) is by God’s grace alone.

Such a sound doctrine foundation most clearly leads us to forgive others and to also otherwise be kind to them.

“21 Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him?  Up to seven times?”  22 Jesus *said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.

23 “For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves.  24 When he had begun to settle them, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him.  25 But since he did not have the means to repay, his lord commanded him to be sold, along with his wife and children and all that he had, and repayment to be made.  26 So the slave fell to the ground and prostrated himself before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you everything.’  27 And the lord of that slave felt compassion and released him and forgave him the debt.  28 But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and he seized him and began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay back what you owe.’  29 So his fellow slave fell to the ground and began to plead with him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you.’  30 But he was unwilling and went and threw him in prison until he should pay back what was owed.  31 So when his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were deeply grieved and came and reported to their lord all that had happened.  32 Then summoning him, his lord *said to him, ‘You wicked slave, I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me.  33 Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you?’  34 And his lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him.  35 My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.”  Matthew 18:21-35.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven;  for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.  For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have?  Do not even the tax collectors do the same?  If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others?  Do not even the Gentiles do the same?  Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”  Matthew 5:43-48.

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