By: Melissa McCartney
Readings: Psalm 32; Exodus 32:7-14; Luke 15:1-10
One of the bravest things to do in life is to admit mistakes, and one of the greatest blessings in life is to receive forgiveness upon confession. These three passages, Psalm 32, Exodus 32:7-14, and Luke 15:1-10, all relate to the forgiveness we receive when we find the courage to profess our sins to God. These passages differ slightly in the reaction God has to our declaration of sins, yet all three end with the unfathomable act of true forgiveness.
Psalm 32 describes a Lord who is prepared to forgive. Those who confess to the Lord will receive forgiveness from their sins. What is the catch? The Lord teaches by his word, and specifically cautions against repenting with an intention to further indulge in sin. True forgiveness comes to those who thoroughly and sincerely repent, with intention to learn from their mistakes and continue to follow the ways of the Lord.
Exodus 32:7-14 sees God and Moses looking over Israelites who have corrupted themselves. God sees people who have sinned against him and rejected him and is extremely displeased. Moses finds courage to plead on behalf of the Israelites and asks God to forgive them instead. In a way, Moses foreshadows the actions of Jesus in assuming responsibility for the sins of many in order to offer them the forgiveness of the Lord.
Luke 15:1-10 describes a different God then we see in Exodus. Here, Jesus tells two parables describing various means through which God aims to bring sinners back to him. In both of these parables, celebration occurs upon the admission of sin, further encouraging us to find that courage we need to confess to God.