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PF Bulletin: The Lord Remembers

February 16, 2015 by  
Filed under Articles, God's Character

Through the Old Testament, one often reads of God remembering his people—those who live righteously—and the covenants he has made with them. Perhaps the most recognizable instance of God’s remembrance occurs during The Flood. Having passed down judgment on the sinful world, God remembers righteous Noah and delivered him and his family from certain death.

–        “But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the cattle that were with him in the ark; and God caused a wind to pass over the earth, and the water subsided(Gen. 8:1)

We see during the destruction of Sodom and the cities of the valley that God remembers Abraham, who earlier attempted to intercede for the wicked cities and for Lot (Gen. 18:16-33). The Lord shows mercy to Lot on account of Abraham, whom he loved.

–        “Thus it came about, when God destroyed the cities of the valley, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when He overthrew the cities in which Lot lived.” (Gen. 19:29) 

Again in Exodus, in response to the outcry from Abraham’s descendants from bondage in Egypt, God remembers the covenant he entered with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and delivers their children from slavery.

–        “Now it came about in the course of those many days that the king of Egypt died. And the sons of Israel sighed because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry for help because of their bondage rose up to God. So God heard their groaning; and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God saw the sons of Israel, and God took notice of them.” (Ex. 2:23-25).

All through the Old Testament writings, God, in his rich mercy, remembers both the faith of those who walk with him, and the promises he has made. In doing so, God delivers the righteous from harm.  Isn’t it interesting that, through Christ, it can be said that our deliverance lies in God’s promising not to remember? For though God remembers the sins of his enemies (Rev. 16:19, 18:5), he has promised that, for those who are in Christ, he will remember sins no more!

–        “They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares the Lord, “for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.(Jer. 31:34)

Give praise to the God who remembers the blood of Christ’s sacrifice, remembers the promise ratified by that blood, and forgets the sins of those washed in that blood!

 

– Seth Buchanan

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