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Reading 1 - Exo 10:16
"Pharaoh quickly summoned Moses and Aaron and said, 'I have
sinned against the LORD your God and against you' " (Exo 10:16).
There is a radical distinction between natural regret and
God-given repentance. The flesh can feel remorse, acknowledge its evil deeds,
and be ashamed of itself. However, this sort of disgust with past actions can be
quickly shrugged off, and the individual can soon go back to his old wicked
ways. None of the marks of true repentance described in 2Co 7:11 are found in
"See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what
earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm,
what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. At every point
you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter."
Repentance of the "mouth", without repentance of the heart,
and the life, and the actions, is meaningless. Don't just be sorry. What are you
going to DO about it?
Out of a list of 11 men in the Bible who said, "I have
sinned," possibly only five actually and truly repented. They were David (2Sa
12:13; 24:10; 1Ch 21:8; Psa 41:4), Nehemiah (Neh 1:6), Job (Job 42:5,6), Micah
(Mic 7:9), and the prodigal son (Luk 15:18).
The other (most likely less sincere) instances? Pharaoh in Exo
9:27; 10:16; Balaam in Num 22:34; Achan in Jos 7:20; Saul in 1Sa 15:24,30;
26:21; Shimei in 2Sa 19:20; Judas in Mat 27:4.
Reading 2 - Psa 65:7
"...who stilled the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their
waves, and the turmoil of the nations" (Psa 65:7).
Here is prophesied, as it were, Christ's stilling of the storm
(Mar 4:37-41), the saving of the demoniac Legion (Mar 5:1-16), and the fear
imparted to the Gentiles round about (Mar 5:17). The linking together of these
miracles -- as seen in Mark 4 and 5 -- reflects the power of God described in
He who could quieten the uproar of one man's tortured mind,
and calm the raging of a hurricane on the sea, can quell the turbulence of the
world's nations too -- and he will!
"He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend
from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth" (Zec 9:10).
Reading 3 - Rom 15:27
"They were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them.
For if the Gentiles have shared in the Jews' spiritual blessings, they owe it to
the Jews to share with them their material blessings" (Rom 15:27).
"Such men sometimes think that they give all that is required
of them in giving money. This has been one of the great errors of Christendom,
the attempt to buy that which is "without money and without price". It is true
that the apostle Paul says something regarding spiritual and carnal things which
seems to suggest reciprocity in these matters. We must not put his teaching
upside down, however. He says that Gentiles who are partakers of Israel's
spiritual riches have a duty to minister in carnal matters. He certainly does
not suggest that carnal wealth can buy the spiritual treasures. The two kinds of
riches are on a different plane. The currency is different and there is no known
rate of exchange. The wealthy man who goes to his chapel with a feeling that he
can purchase anything and a readiness to give of his abundance if the service
pleases him, is not likely to receive any real spiritual food. He is not in the
right condition to appreciate it. Possibly husks please him best. If so he can
buy what he requires" (IC, Principles and Proverbs).