LUKE 23:34

Verse 34 “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.”

Jesus was forgiving of those who crucified Him.  If He could forgive them of such a monstrous sin, should not we forgive those who sin against us?  It is not always easy to forgive.  Sometimes it seems almost impossible.  But it is far better for us, and even better for some others, if we, by God’s grace, will forgive those who have trespassed against us.

LUKE 22:32

Verse 32 “But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.”

After we recover from a particular sin or from a fall away from God, we are in a position to strengthen our brethren.  We will never be better people for having sinned.  However, having realized the devastation that sin caused, we should help others to avoid it.

LUKE 13:21

Verse 21 “It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.”

Leaven is a type of sin and how it grows. When Jesus said that the kingdom of heaven is like leaven, he meant that in this present Church Age man’s culture and man’s wickedness will continue to grow.  The Church will have less and less influence on the people of this age.  Of course, we should continue to be a positive influence because we are the salt and light that the world needs, and we may do good for some.

LUKE 5:12-15

LUKE, Chapter 5

Verses 12-15 “12And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy: who seeing Jesus fell on his face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
13And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him.
14And he charged him to tell no man: but go, and shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing, according as Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
15But so much the more went there a fame abroad of him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities.”

The man was “full of leprosy,” a picture of the unsaved person full of sin. Leprosy is a type of sin in the Bible, incurable, “walking dead,” and repugnant.  Only God could restore the leper and make him clean, and only God can save the sinner and make him clean.  Jesus told the leper to tell no one that Jesus had healed him because He was not interested in getting the credit nor in having everyone know of all of His good works.  Are we willing to do good and let God get the praise rather than arranging to have people hear of our good deeds?

 

EXODUS 34:1-4

Verses 1-4 “1And the LORD said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest.
2And be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning unto mount Sinai, and present thyself there to me in the top of the mount.
3And no man shall come up with thee, neither let any man be seen throughout all the mount; neither let the flocks nor herds feed before that mount.
4And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone.”
It is of the grace of God that the people are given the Law a second time. The Law of God was not given that man might be saved by keeping it. It was given that we might know how sinful we are. By the Law is the knowledge of sin (Rom.3:20). So God, in giving the Law a second time, gave to us a second opportunity to know our sinful condition. That is grace.

This second giving of the Law is an example of God preserving the Scriptures. We see that God gave the very “words that were in the first tables.” God gave the very words, not the thoughts, of the first tables. The Bible teaches verbal inspiration and verbal preservation i.e., the very words of God have been preserved. This is also the grace of God.

EXODUS 30:34-38

Verses 34-38 “34And the LORD said unto Moses, Take unto thee sweet spices, stacte, and onycha, and galbanum; these sweet spices with pure frankincense: of each shall there be a like weight:
35And thou shalt make it a perfume, a confection after the art of the apothecary, tempered together, pure and holy:
36And thou shalt beat some of it very small, and put of it before the testimony in the tabernacle of the congregation, where I will meet with thee: it shall be unto you most holy.
37And as for the perfume which thou shalt make, ye shall not make to yourselves according to the composition thereof: it shall be unto thee holy for the LORD.
38Whosoever shall make like unto that, to smell thereto, shall even be cut off from his people.”

The incense, crushed as it was, represents the Lord Jesus whose life is “pure and holy,” a sweet smell to His Heavenly Father, and He was crushed by our sin. However, it also typifies the prayer life of the believer in Christ. Our prayer life is most effective when our will and our lives are broken and crushed. “A broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise” (Ps.51:17).

MATTHEW 18:21-35

Verses 21-35 “21Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
22Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
23Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
24And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
25But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
26The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
27Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
28But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
29And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
30And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
31So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
32Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
33Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
34And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
35So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.”

It is popular now-a-days for many religious people to say that offenders must apologize, repent, or ask to be forgiven before an offended person can forgive them. This is a false teaching, sometimes based on a misunderstanding of Luke 17:3-4. The Bible teaches unconditional and unlimited forgiveness, that we should immediately forgive all offenses against us. Unforgiveness, i.e., holding grudges, is a serious sin. Those who refuse to forgive hurt only themselves, not their offenders because the bitterness of unforgiveness can lead to ulcers, high blood pressure, cancer, and a total lack of peace of mind. Those who will not forgive are backslidden to that extent, will not be forgiven by God, and will not have their prayers answered. It is a high price to pay for incubating hatred. Forgiving any and all offenses against us is for our own good and for the good of the Cause of Christ.

EXODUS 30:17-21

Verses 17-21 “17And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
18Thou shalt also make a laver of brass, and his foot also of brass, to wash withal: and thou shalt put it between the tabernacle of the congregation and the altar, and thou shalt put water therein.
19For Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet thereat:
20When they go into the tabernacle of the congregation, they shall wash with water, that they die not; or when they come near to the altar to minister, to burn offering made by fire unto the LORD:
21So they shall wash their hands and their feet, that they die not: and it shall be a statute for ever to them, even to him and to his seed throughout their generations.”

The brass laver is there to remind us that we are in need of continual cleansing. Especially our hands and our feet must be sanctified unto the Lord since what we do and where we go is of great importance to God. When Jesus washed Peter’s feet, Peter objected that Jesus should not be doing such a lowly service (John 13:6-10). When Jesus said that Peter could not be one of His unless he was clean, Peter replied, “Oh, then wash me all over!” But Jesus knew that Peter’s soul was already clean and said, “He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet” (V.10). Those who have experienced the cleansing of regeneration need to be washed only of the stains and grime that we accumulate as we have contact with sin as we walk through this world.

MATTHEW 11:28-30

Verses 28-30 “28Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

What a wide open invitation to come to Christ! No one who reads or hears these words can honestly say, “God did not invite me to come to Him.” It is an invitation to both salvation and a life of service. Every unsaved person is heavy laden with sin and the stress and guilt that sin causes. But the good news is that there is rest in Christ. Isn’t it strange, that people will laboriously work to try to be saved? But salvation is not received by working, but by resting in Him.