“as you asked.”

“’In accordance with your great love, forgive the sin of these people, just as you have pardoned them from the time they left Egypt until now.’  The Lord replied, ‘I have forgiven them, as you asked.’” Numbers 14:19-20.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading: Numbers 14-16, and Mark 3.

Simply remarkable.

God is prepared to destroy the rebellious Israelites but Moses asked that He not do that.  Incredibly, God does just what Moses asked.

All sin is ultimately against God.  He can choose to forgive or not to forgive.

Note in the verses that follow today’s verse, God also states that the Israelites over twenty will not be entering the Promised Land.  Their sins were forgiven but their future was itemized by the way they had behaved.

When Jesus died, and came back from the dead, He took our sins past/present/future away forever and gave us new life.  We have no burdens from sin unless we choose to carry those burdens.

The beauty, to me, of today’s Scripture was God saying, “I have forgiven them, AS YOU ASKED.”

God hears us.  God responds to us.  “If we abide in Him, and His Words abide in us, we will ask what we desire, and it shall be done for us.”  God is ready to help us BUT we must be abiders in Him to get what we desire.  Moses was an abider.  He got what he asked.

“Lord, thank You for Your Word.  Thank You for the example in today’s Word that You listen to those who love You and give them what they desire.  Fill me with You.  Take me over.  I love You.  I belong to You.”

Abiders get what they desire.

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