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When does God forget sin?

Scripture reading for May 22nd: Job 11-14

“Know this, God has even forgotten some of your sin.” Job 11:6b

“Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” Hebrews 10:17

“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sin, God is faithful and just and will forgive us our sin and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1st John 1:8-9

Job’s friend Zophar was frank in his accusation that Job needed to repent.  He was certain that Job had sinned and that God was being merciful even in this harsh trial.  He stated that God had probably forgotten some of Job’s sins or it might be worse!  (Job 11:6)  If Job would just repent of  his sin, God would be merciful to him. (Job 11:14-15)  Zophar could not get away from the common understanding of God’s justice that said trouble and suffering were a result of sin in a person’s life.

Job, however, knew of no specific sins and did not want to fake a repentance or manufacture some sin just to manipulate God or appease these friends.  Job did know his need for God’s covering of his sins.  He wrestled with how he could meet with God and what would happen after death.  Finally, Job made a statement of faith concerning his own life and sins.  It is in the form of a prayer discourse with God.  (Job 14:13-17)  Job asked God to hide him in the grave until His anger had passed and then “to set a time and remember me”.  He asked that if a man died, would he live again?  He stated that he expected to hear a call from God and to respond from the grave because God longed to have fellowship with the “creature He has made”.  Job expected by faith that all his sins would be sealed in a bag, covered over and not remembered!

Jesus Christ came as the “mediator” and gave His life for our sins, promising to come again and remember us!  He forgave our sins and remembers them no more!  We will live with Him forever!  This is available now to all who will repent and confess their sins to the Lord!  (1st John 1:7-9)

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God forgets sin when. . .?

Scripture reading for May 22nd: Job 11-14

“Know this, God has even forgotten some of your sin.” Job 11:6b

“Their sins and lawless acts I will Remember no more.” Hebrews 10:17

“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sin, God is faithful and just and will forgive us our sin and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1st John 1:8-9

Job’s friend Zophar was frank in his accusation that Job needed to repent.  He was certain that Job had sinned and that God was being merciful even in this harsh trial.  He stated that God had probably forgotten some of Job’s sins or it might be worse!  (Job 11:6)  If Job would put away his sin, God would be merciful to him. (Job 11:14-15)  Zophar could not get away from the common understanding of God’s justice:  trouble and suffering were a result of sin.

Job knew of no sin and did not want to fake a repentance or manufacture some sin just to try and manipulate God or appease these friends.  He knew that God alone could cover whatever sins he may have.  He wrestled with how he could meet with God or if the grave would hold him at death.   (Job 14:13-17)  Job asked God to hide him in the grave until His anger had passed and then “to set a time and remember me”.  He expected to hear a call from God and to respond from the grave.   He believed God longed to have fellowship with the “creature He has made”.  At this time, God would not keep track of sin.  Job expected all his sins to be sealed in a bag and not remembered!

Job longed for an audience with God and a mediator who could speak for him.   He asked for resurrection from death with God forgiving and forgetting his sin.  He expected God to call him from the grave at a time in the future when God’s wrath had passed!  We have a mediator who is like us, but without sin!  Jesus Christ came and gave His life to cover our sins.  When we confess our sins and believe on Him, He forgives and chooses to remember them no more!   (1st John 1:7-9)  Jesus is coming again and will call all believers from their graves to be with Him forever!   Job’s prayer and desire is fulfilled in Jesus!

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In Death and Suffering, Trust in God!

Scripture reading for May 22nd: Job 11-14

Job was a believer in God who was caught in a difficult trial.  He lost everything when he once enjoyed prosperity.  He lost his children suddenly through a violent storm.  He then lost his health.  Even his wife counseled him to curse God and die and his friends suggested that what he was getting was not as bad as what he deserved!  These ingredients could have lead one the strongest of men into depression.  Job revealed his thoughts in the midst of this trial.

Zophar, the third friend, directly confronted Job with his need to repent.  (Job 11:13-15)  He questioned Job’s assertion that he was pure and blameless.  Zophar’s theology  placed God so high that no man could understand Him and so just that each person got his due.  The mercy of God was not addressed, nor was Job’s faith.  Some of his theology was correct but incomplete and came across without mercy.  (Job 13:4)

Job, however, knew that God was great and powerful.  (Job 12:13-21)  He also knew that God was just and all would stand before him.  He desired to stand before God and argue his case.  His friends had judged him wrongly and missed the mercy of God.  Job so trusted God, that if God would take his life, he would still trust Him to do what was right.  (Job 13:15)

From recent experience, Job knew the fleeting nature of human life and the troubles it entailed.  His inner desire was for God to hide him in a grave until His anger had passed and then set a time to remember him again.  (Job 14:13)  Job had a desire for resurrection and sensed that God would at some future time call him forth and restore him.  He understood what it looked like in the natural realm, but in his spirit man he knew about eternity.  (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

This ancient discussion of God’s nature and our human nature is still around today.  Man tries to gain understanding of suffering and how to avoid it.  Religion tries to teach a set of rules whereby man controls what happens to him or at least explains it.  God’s word reveals that God is in control of everything and He will work everything out for good to those who trust Him.  (Romans 8:28) (Job 13:15)  Trusting God is the way to fruitful life and hope for the future.

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God forgets sin when. . .

Scripture reading for May 22nd: Job 11-14

“Know this, God has even forgotten some of your sin.” Job 11:6b

“Their sins and lawless acts I will Remember no more.” Hebrews 10:17

“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sin, God is faithful and just and will forgive us our sin and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1st John 1:8-9

Job’s friend Zophar was frank in his accusation that Job needed to repent.  He was certain that Job had sinned and that God was being merciful even in this harsh trial.  He stated that God had probably forgotten some of Job’s sins or it might be worse!  (Job 11:6)  If Job would put away his sin, God would be merciful to him. (Job 11:14-15)  Zophar could not get away from the common understanding of God’s justice and that trouble and suffering were a result of sin in a person’s life.

Job, however, knew of no sin and did not want to fake a repentance or manufacture some sin just to try and manipulate God or appease these friends.  Job did know his need for God’s covering of his sins.  He knew that God alone could cover these sins.  He wrestled with how he could meet with God or if the grave would hold him at death.  Finally, Job made a statement of faith concerning his own life and sins.  It is in the form of a prayer discourse with God.  (Job 14:13-17)  Job asks God to hide him in the grave until his anger has passed and then “to set a time and remember me”.  He asks that if a man dies, will he live again?  He expects to hear a call from God and to respond from the grave because God will long to have fellowship with the “creature He has made”.  At this time, God will not keep track of sin.  Job expected all his sins to be sealed in a bag, covered over and not remembered!

In this passage, we have the beginnings of the doctrine of atonement for sins.  Job longs for an audience with God and a mediator who can speak for him.  He doesn’t know what his sin is, but knows that he has sin.  He asks for eternal life with God forgiving and forgetting his sins.  He expects God to call and he will answer him at a time in the future when God’s wrath has passed!  What a Savior we have!  We have a mediator who is like us, but without sin!  Jesus Christ came and gave His life for our lives, promising to come again and remember us!  He forgives our sins and remembers them no more!  We will live with Him forever!  This is available now to all who will repent and confess their sins to the Lord!  (1st John 1:7-9)

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