Preface: The sacrificial system is probably the best known part of the sanctuary service because it’s the part that points directly to Christ’s sacrifice. The blood of the animal that died for the sinner becomes a symbol for the blood of Christ who died for us.
Does a time frame have any effect on the forgiving nature of God? Does forgiveness, in fact, cease to exist under a statute of limitations? Absolutely not. In our world today, with its ever prevalent chaotic mess of events, forgiveness from the Father is as much a reality as it was in David’s time. This means something to us because our need as human beings for forgiveness,
for the incredible effects of sin in our lives, has not changed.
David’s prayers of penitence in the face of horrible repercussions from his sinful acts are as much a fact of life for the soul in need of redemption today. This need for God’s forgiveness and most importantly the fact that we can count on forgiveness is probably one of the only constants in the lives of many.
That consistency—knowing God hears our cries for forgiveness and grants our requests—makes all the difference. It’s a reassurance, an unfailable constant. That means something to people living here on earth at the beginning of a new millennium. It is relevant to our lives now as it was then because sin is real, we suffer the consequences, we need help; He gives it to us.
1. Even though God still forgives, does He do it differently?
2. Though we are to keep pleading for forgiveness with a repentant heart, does God record how many times we are making the same mistake? Does this, or should this, have an effect on how and when we feel God’s forgiveness?