Treasuring Forgiveness

Hebrews 8:12

Message recorded 28 October 2012

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Hebrews chapter 8.  Hebrews chapter 8 in we come to the second to last verse in that chapter.  And we come to the last promise that our writer quotes from Jeremiah and the those wonderful promises of the new covenant so this morning will be looking at Hebrews chapter 8 verse 12.  I can never forgive him else declared with her jaw set your eyes aflame is your husband gone too far this time over and again.  He talked about how you change this time but she's run out of this times to forgive him again would simply cost her too much what I mean by that.  What was he thought about it this way, but forgiveness is expensive see if someone wrongs us either they have to pay order we might absorb the cost but either way it's expensive.  Alice had no more resources to give she couldn't forgiving not anymore he's going to have to suffer he's going to have to pay by a lifetime without her as she related this to me you should have seen in your eyes the demand for satisfaction for retribution for vengeance facing a before, haven't you seen the mirror recall some occasion when somebody send against you when they hurt you when they took advantage of you, and then see you again the demand for retribution that is welling up within your soul relived that for second is remember what it was like oh healthy church and you may have thought something along these lines.  They're going to have to pay this time there need to suffer a while before I can forgive this time just let them off Scott free.  But that's how the arguments go.  And so what happens is you find yourself fulfilling the role of that man in Matthew 18 that Jesus told about an talk about that that poor guy who was wronged by his coworker the coworker own him a lot of money.  They had invaded back yet it in what is not a bad back anytime soon.  The worthless bum note immobile think about this man meets the sky legal he had to follow the man in debtor's prison someone whatever someone own him and he was determined one way or another to get satisfaction now patient long ago and its ridiculous to think of asking them to just forget that day is just too much while that's how we tell the story every time somebody sins against us and were unwilling to forgive them.  But you know Messiah Jesus tells the story you probably realize that I actually skip to the middle of that story because that's what we do and would Jesus death's is he says you guys are starting in the wrong place.  What happens is when zooming in we we take the microscope in so that all we can see is what happened to me how they owe me how they wronged me and what Jesus does he takes the microscope when he goes back the other way and zooms out our firm for those view the more contemporary mindset if you will example think about it on the Internet and you pull up a map is number different websites offer maps and it avoids you can get if you scroll the mouse button one direction what happens is you can zoom all the way hand of a map to see all the clutter in your backyard literally forcing things I need to get rid these looked your neighbors clutter and like a chemist about our you can spin the wheel the other way and goes back into the whole neighborhood.  Now these his own countrymen, Galway Nitze lower right.  That's what Jesus does he becomes a Suzuki guys you're zoomed into closets them back a bit on what I want you to see the full picture instead of you focusing on you know how somebody owes you and we protest against against forgiving Jesus spends a little mouse will back in and he says appeals look at your whole life, then OMI go in the future to unload all of this she Jesus doesn't sympathize with this guy he is a safe new memory calling is a you poor wrong man is you wicked slightly and images.  They're speaking through the King in that parable you wicked slave that's the right perspective.  That's God's perspective see what Jesus does he says okay we zoom back and we can see your whole life.  I want you to see how in that parable.  For example, he refers to this man as a slave the team this guide other words, this guy owed his life to the key, and then he goes and runs up his enormous debt that there's no way you could ever pay off a debt to that key is a Jesus is okay what I want you to do whatever you someone sins against you they say I send against you will you forgive me and you bristle still on that poor wrong man or woman the Jesus says I want you to think about how much you owe me in which you think about what I've done for you.  The old covenant.  The law is a very skilled accountant it keeps a very good list and it can go down to the minute detail of how much we owe God.  If you think about that list is really really long getting longer by the day and the old covenant is really good at it That were here's another here's another here's another one here's another one right but that law could do nothing to wipe out that that all he could do is to record okay here is the standard okay broke that one broke out one and it says which are going get for you your be under the wrath of God any you have an eternal debt to pay off and that's where the new covenant is better author is trying to drive home to us in this section how much better the new covenant is easy his readers were think about you what we're oriented worker, 20 with the idea going back to the old covenant me life is a whole lot easier because the Jews get off our back in our fellow Jews our brothers you know in that race and you know what time we new checklist and they forgot though, that the law could do anything about that other than condemn and the author is trying to show them he's listed three amazing promises that come to us in the new covenant and this is the third of those they showing us how the new covenant is better.  So let's read our passage.  I want to get the context Hebrews 8 now beginning in verse seven in talking about the old covenant for is that first covenant had been faultless that would've been no occasion sought for second for finding fault with them, he says, behold, days are coming, says the Lord, when I will affect a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah not like the covenant which I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, for they did not continue in my covenant and I did not care for them, says the Lord for this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord I will put my laws in their minds and I will write them on their hearts and I will be there, God and they shall be my people, and they shall not teach everyone his fellow citizen and everyone his brother, saying the Lord for all shall know me from the least to the greatest of them

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