My takeaway from this in my prayer journal:
The central portion spoke to me of the incredible generosity and forgiveness of our God. Even while He was being mocked on the cross, the prayer of Yeshua was, Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they do. Is His prayer less generous today? I can’t believe that is true of He who is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is our Passover, He is the author of our faith (not we ourselves) and He is the finisher of our faith (not we ourselves). In each step of the way, He saved us, and not we ourselves. So you see, how will He cast off His people? He has made atonement for them, even when they don’t know what they do. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him, shall not perish but have everlasting life. For by His resurrection, He is declared to be the only begotten Son of God. He so loved us that He established His covenant of peace with us in the blood of Messiah Yeshua. And when we so love Him, and are zealous for Him, that is the covenant of peace that He makes with us. He is our refuge – not our right doctrine, or right works, or any other thing, but He Himself. He will fight for us. ♥
This touched me so deeply this week, because I have been writing an answer to Answers in Genesis. You can read the series here. I think it is a human tendency to get on our high horse when we perceive an error in others. But God’s tendency is forgive, acknowledge that not everyone knows everything, and count the devotion of the heart the weightiest matter in the scale.