let Moses put breaking of the Ten
Commandments—literally—behind him, what could be a greater
example of God’s “forgetfulness”? (Exodus 34)
was a generation that forgot God. Not only did they forget
Him, they replaced Him (Judges 2: 11) and worshipped idols.
God meant for them to show their neighbors that He was God;
instead they forsook the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who
had delivered them from Egyptian slavery and began worshipping
the gods of their pagan neighbors. Fathers failed to
propagate their faith in their children. God listened when
they repented and returned, but allowed their enemies to
overcome them when they left Him. Ensuing generations didn’t
have faithful teachers to preserve their ancestors’ faith and
began to worship what they observed around them and conformed
also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and
there arose another generation after them, which knew not the
LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel” (Judges
forsook the true God they couldn’t see and gave their
attention to Baal, the visible false god.
had not seen the great things God had done for their fathers,
and the fathers didn’t tell them. They didn’t know it on
their own; they needed to be taught that God blessed when the
people didn’t forget Him. They were on their own when they
rejected Him, but when they repented, He forgot their
unfaithfulness and showered them with blessings.
remembered their contrition and repentance; he blessed and
faith, we forget and serve what we can see.
they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them
out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods
of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves
unto them, and provoked the LORD to anger” (Judges 2:12).
seems that history has repeated itself. We have a generation
living now that fits this description. Many in the adult
generation do not “know the LORD, nor yet the works,” so they
aren’t able to tell their children. This has been so
glaringly evident in the children we have on youth night at
church. Many of the children only come on youth night; their
parents don’t come at all. Many of these kids have never
heard of Adam and Eve, David and Goliath, Moses, the
disciples, etc. They don’t recognize any books of the Bible
and don’t understand who Jesus is.
wants them to remember! He wants to forgive and restore! He
wants a generation that will instill in their children the
truths that will keep them in touch with a loving, forgiving
they cried to the Lord, He delivered them. He forgot their
unfaithfulness. (Judges 2:18)
been said that if we don’t forget, we haven’t forgiven. This
is not exactly the way it works. Our brain has stored things
that have caused us pain and disappointment as well as
pleasantries. Sometimes the strangest things will cause us to
recall incidents that we have “shelved” in our minds, things
we had determined to forget. You see, as long as our brain
works, it remembers. I love the definition that my Mother
gave to real forgiveness: We know we have forgiven when we
can recall the person or the incident that caused us
pain—without malice or ill will. We can remember the
incident or person, but we don’t have the pain when our mind
brings it up.
Beware! The devil remembers too! His lethal whispers will
attempt to stir unrest in our souls and put thoughts in our
minds hoping to reinstate the pain. He loves to remind us of
our failures and sins that Jesus has already nailed to His
cross and cleansed us from. It is then that we can apply the
forgiveness factor. If Jesus forgives unconditionally, so can
we—because He enables us to forgive, ourselves and others.
Not being God, we can’t forget, but we can remember
forgiveness, received and given!
never forget that we are forgiven for every sin we ever
committed, even the ones for which we despise ourselves. We
must always remember they were eradicated at Calvary, and OH
what a price was paid for them! We must never forget that
Jesus gave His all so that we could be pure in His sight. He
will never remember our forgiven sins again. And we have
instant access to His forgiveness when we fail—and we will, as
long as we are in this world.
not forget how much God loves us—so much that “He gave His
only begotten Son” to redeem us. He is wooing us to return so
He can forgive and restore us to a relationship with Him.
we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our
sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1John 1:9).
Incredibly, not only are we cleansed and forgiven; but we are
declared innocent! There is a difference in just being
forgiven and being innocent. A convicted convict can be
forgiven and even receive a pardon and go free, but he is
still guilty of the crime. What Jesus does for those who come
to Him for forgiveness is: He removes the sin, takes it upon
Himself and does not remember it again. With the sin REMOVED,
there is no more guilt—only innocence!
forgotten we ever sinned!
even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine
own sake, and will not remember thy sins” (Isaiah 43:25).
“…for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their
sin no more” (Jeremiah 31:34).
verdict is in, and it is: “Not Guilty!”
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