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Shepherd the Flock

Micah 7:14-20

Shepherd Your people with your staff, the flock of Your inheritance, which lives by itself in a forest, in fertile pasturelands.

Who is a God like You, who pardons sins and forgives the transgressions of the remnant of His inheritance?

You do not stay angry forever, but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; You will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all of our iniquities into the depths of the sea.

You will be true to Ya’akov and show mercy to Avraham, as you pledged an oath to our fathers in days long ago.

Daniel’s Confession

Daniel 9:4-19

“O Yahweh, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with all who love him and obey His commands …

We have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and rebelled. We have turned away from Your commands and laws. We have not listened to Your servants, the prophets, who spoke in Your Name to our kings, our princes and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.

Yahweh, you are righteous, but this day we are covered with Shame – the men of Judah and the people of Jerusalem and all Israel, both near and far, in all the countries where you have scattered us because of our unfaithfulness to you. Adonai, we … are covered with shame because we have sinned against You.

Yahweh our God is merciful and forgiving even though we have rebelled against Him, we have not obeyed Adonai our God or kept the Torah he gave us through his servants, the prophets. All Israel has transgressed Your Torah and turned away, refusing to obey You.

Therefore the curses and sworn judgments written in the Torah of Moshe, the servant of God, have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against You. You have fullfilled the words spoken against our rulers by bringing upon us great disaster. Under the whole heaven noting has ever been done like what has been done to Jerusalem. Just as it has been written in the Torah o Moshe all this disaster has come upon us, yet we have not sought the favor of Adonai our God by turning from our sins and giving attention to Your Truth. Yahweh did not hesitate to bring the disaster upon us, for Adonai our God is righteous in everything He does; yet we have not obeyed Him.

Now Adonai our God who brought Your people out of Egypt with a might hand and who made for Yourself a Name that endures to this day, we have sinned’ we have done wrong. Adonai, in keeping with all Your righteous acts, turn away Your anger and Your wrath from Jerusalem, Your city, Your holy hill. Our sins and the iniquities of our fathers have made Jerusalem and Your people an object of scorn to all those around us.

Now Adonai, hear the prayers and petitions of Your servant. For Your sake, Adonai, look with favor on Your desolate sanctuary. Give ear, Adonai, and Hear, open Your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears Your Name.

We do not make requests of You because we are righteous, but because of Your great mercy. Yahweh, listen! Adonai, forgive! Yahweh, hear and act! For Your sake, Adonai, do not delay because Your city and Your people bear Your Name.”

Hezekiah’s Petition

2 Kings 19:15-16

“Yahweh, God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, You alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. Give ear, Adonai, and hear, open Your eyes, Adonai, and see, listen to the words [the Adversary] has sent to insult the Living God.”

“Yahweh our Adonai, deliver us from his hand so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You alone, O Adonai, are God.”

Turning to the wall, he prayed to the LORD,

“Remember, Adonai, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.”

And Hezekiah wept bitterly.

‘I have heard your prayer and seen your tears” (Isaiah 37:23).

2 Peter 1:3-4

“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”

The operative word in this verse is ‘everything.’ There is nothing from the world that can add to our life of godliness if we know Yeshua and his glory and goodness. Through the promises of Elohim brought to fruition in Messiah Yeshua, we can through the Ruach haKodesh (the Spirit of God), the divine nature of Elohim, escape the corruption in the world caused by our evil fleshly desires.

This verse also encompasses ‘everything’ that we can see and know in the created world and life around us. His divine power can be seen in ‘everything’ from the moment Elohim said, “Let there be light” until He rested. Every science can be found in the days of creation from the physics of life to the study of the atmosphere to the study of plants and animals – sea, air and land – to sociology. His divine power is seen in the sun, moon and stars, the planets, the birds, the fish, and most importantly the glory of His creation, mankind.

“For ever since the creation of the universe his invisible qualities — both his eternal power and his divine nature — have been clearly seen, because they can be understood from what he has made” (Romans 1:20).

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