This morning I think, for me, I have discovered a key to forgiveness (of course, this may have been obvious to many of you…). It is in realizing that everyone is struggling daily with a sinful nature, just like me, and, just like me, is helpless to do anything about it. We cannot personally abolish the sin that is within us. It is only through Christ that any of us are saved.
“And the people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord…” (Jdg. 13:1 ESV)
This is the constant refrain of Judges. The Israelites would do evil and God would allow them to be conquered and oppressed. They would, then, cry out to the Lord and He would take pity on them and send them a judge who would help rescue them. This happened again and again, not only in Judges, but throughout the Old Testament. When Israel is taken by the Romans later on, God had promised them once again a Savior, only this time, He wasn’t what they were expecting.
It seems we all like to point fingers at the Israelites and judge them harshly for their faithlessness and disloyalty, but how many of us share the same refrain “And they again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord”? All of us. “All have sinned… all have fallen short…” (Rom. 3:23). We all need the promised Savior to rescue us from the oppression we have brought on ourselves. We all need a Hero, because we cannot save ourselves. And we ALL need forgiveness.