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Consider What Great Things He Hath Done (8 of 8)
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1 Samuel 12: 24
After the time of the judges, Israel demanded a king like all other nations. God warned them that a king would lead them into idolatry and division (and they did), and God himself was the only king Israel would need. Still, in obstinacy, they wanted one anyway!
God sent a great storm to demonstrate his anger, and the people greatly feared God.
God gave them what they asked for, but Samuel told them to stop and consider what God had done for them
1) The GUILT He Has PARDONED
One of the special privileges granted to the President of the United States is the power to pardon.
A Presidential Pardon is absolute and cannot be overturned by either the courts or Congress. The first presidential pardon, and the first that overturned an impending death sentence, was given by George Washington in 1791.
Perhaps the most famous presidential pardon was Gerald Ford's pardon of Richard Nixon.
No president in history made use of the Presidential Pardon as Bill Clinton. On his last day in office, he issued 140 pardons.
Here we have a pardon far greater, and a pardon given for every single person.
The people knew that they were guilty, thus Samuel, the Prophet and High Priest, answered:
(19-20) ''Pray for thy servants unto the Lord thy God, that we die not: for we have added unto all our sins this evil, to ask us a king. (20) And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart.''
(22) ''For the Lord will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: because it hath pleased the Lord to make you his people.''
What a collective sigh of relief this must have brought! In spite of flaws, failures and foolishness, God tells them that ALL is forgiven if they will turn to Him.
There is nothing greater that God could do for us than to ...
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