Bail Me Out, I Pray Thee, oh God

Mistakes. Neglect. Transgression. Sin.
Who can be so perfect so as not to commit any of this?
Each of us imperfect. Hence, we are constantly prone to commit any of these.
It is said ‘What we sow is what we reap.’
Yet, even after we commit mistake or sin, we can still plead mercy to God.
We can ask Him not to pass the judgment due to us.
In other words, we can ask Him to bail us out.

Sometimes, God passes the judgment. Sometimes, He doesn’t.

1.) Miriam and Aaron speaking evil against Moses (Numbers 12).
God bailed Aaron out by not striking him.
In contrast, He struck Miriam with leper. He healed her eventually, though.

2.) David committing adultery with Bathsheba
It was a huge sin.
God bailed David out from certain punishment (2 Samuel 12:13)
Yet, He did not bail David out from other punishments (2 Samuel 12: 10, 11, 14)

3.) Moses not allowed to enter into the Promised Land.
As recorded in his farewell speech, Moses paid the price for his mistake.
No matter  how much he prayed, God did not bail him out.
God forbade him from entering into the land of Canaan (Deuteronomy 3:23-26).

4.) Lord Jesus and the adulterous woman.
She was caught in the act of adultery.
Yet, Lord Jesus did not condemn her (John 8:11).

5.) Lord Jesus’ sacrifice.
Perhaps, this is the biggest act of bailing out.
We deserved death. Yet, Lord Jesus taking our judgment upon Himself.

Why does God bail out one but not another?
I can offer no suggestion on that.
Perhaps other than disobedience, God takes into account too one’s obedience in other areas (2 Chronicles 19:2-3).
Perhaps when we arrive in heaven, we can ask God directly.
It is worthy to mention that the last example of bailing out above is the most perplexing.
Christ died for all of us while we were still sinners, while no obedience was found in us (Rm 5:8, Rm 3:10-11).

We may not know when God will bail us out from our mistakes and when He will not.
Even for me, when I looked into my past, sometimes He did and other times He did not.
But perhaps, we can follow David’s example.
He pleaded for God’s mercy so God would cancel one of His punishments (2 Samuel 12:16, 22).

We are imperfect. We are prone to making mistakes or sin. We are, therefore, prone to receiving God’s judgment.
Clearly, as much as possible we would want to avoid His judgment.
Shall we then pray like David prayed?

I fasted and wept; for I said, “Who can tell whether the LORD will be gracious to me…?’
– 2 Samuel 12: 22 –

Posted October 26, 2014 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Bible Study, Thought

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