WHAT IS ‘BEING ABOUT OUR FATHER’S BUSINESS’?”
BY: ROMEO CORSINI
V25. (There was none who sold himself to do what was evil in the sight of the Lord like Ahab, whom Jezebel his wife incited. 26. He did very abominably in going after idols, as the Amorites had done, whom the Lord cast out before the people of Israel.) 27. And when Ahab heard those words, he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted and lay in sackcloth, and went about dejectedly. 28. And the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, 29. “Have you seen how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days; but in his son’s days I will bring the evil upon his house.”
What is amazing is that this situation is the kind that cannot be forgiven by mere mortal flesh. When we hear of this type of person, we, through our vanity, cannot reason forgiveness for such a person. It isn’t that we can’t conceive of God being able to forgive him. We can. It is that we don’t want such a person to be forgiven. Now, the Lord does go on to say that he will not bring upon Ahab destruction because of his repentance but upon his son’s reign evil will come. Still man does not want such a person forgiven. Why? Because, in order for God to forgive such wicked behavior, we also have to forgive it, but we must be first to forgive it in an intercessory way. Look at Moses, how he interceded for his people after they forgot their God and decided to worship idols and revelry and say that it was these things that delivered them out of bondage and not God. But one man, Moses, found it in himself to forgive them and interceded for them and God did not visit on them what he was going to. You see, what the Lord is showing me is that, rather than reason and rationalize about what they deserve, I should instead work to develop myself into a person who first wants the best for my fellow creation, the best being that they have the chance to repent so that they can grow to love God and be loved by God. We have for too long as an establishment been putting words in God’s mouth and decided what God had to say about the sinners and the degrees of sinners. ‘I did not come to condemn the world but to save it. I do that first, I save them first, before I deal with their overcoming ways, with their needs on how to stop being the evil ways that they are.’ This is what is holding man back. The world is full of this behavior. They equate their indignation, at others’ faults and sins, with righteousness. They think that they must be righteous, after all look at how angry they are at the sinners and how much vengeance they are willing to heap on the sinners. The world operates under the rule of gossip and exposure and thinks itself worthy because they shake their heads and point their fingers at those who are uncovered in wrongdoing. They relish the fact that the book will be thrown at those who are caught in these things. That may be their way. But our way, for us, we know vengeance to be God’s.
Now why is this so important? Because we know that the only power people will find that will surely lead them to an overcoming way, a way that also causes them to want to overcome and be Godly, the only power they will find to do all this is in the goodness of God. If they know there is no price to pay for their behavior, then they have more inspiration to repent. If on the other hand one is made to feel that hope is lost and no matter what you do, you will pay, then, they lose nothing by remaining where they are. They become hopeless and that feeling of hopelessness is so defeating that they give up and dive deeper into their despair. They don’t know it as despair. They see it as fun and indulgence and gluttony and sheer self-satisfaction. But in truth, it is despair in disguise.
And here is the tricky part. First of all, they cannot distinguish their left hand from their right. They are so addicted to their weaknesses of pride and self that they cannot do it themselves. (We ourselves can be found that way, too. We are not immune with the ways of the flesh.) They have to have someone else intercede for them. They are stiff-necked, the way God allowed them to become, so they need someone else to run interference with God. They need you, Jesus. They don’t need Jonah at his time of anger. They don’t need David at a time when he egotistically and conveniently misinterprets someone else to be the guilty party instead of himself. You see, part of the story of David, when he was told that he was the guilty man for stealing another man’s only wife, when he had a harem of his own, is that he, though he is the guilty party, is the one who will decide the outcome. The ball is completely in our court. We are not here simply to create a convenient way of life, with schedules and routines, creating a way of life that serves only to be cozy, have our church and our activities and do nothing but tickle our self-righteousness. We are here to hunker down and get serious about a responsibility that equates us to Jesus in this world and reminds us about even the greater powers that we are able to demonstrate. We waste so much time with justifying our opinions about who is worthy and who isn’t that we fail in the most basic of all revelations from the Lord, and that is that He has brought reconciliation to us all.
The question has been for so many years, “Do you know Jesus?” It’s a stupid question. Only Jesus can introduce himself. We have been told to tell the good news, not ask condemning questions that cannot possibly be answered. “Are you saved?” “Do you know where you will go if and when you die?” People get scared and scared people get angry and resentful and because of our ignorance they are made to run from God instead of into the arms of the type of Father that they yearn for. The power of the spirit of God in you, through your kindness and continued relationship of non-judgmental behavior, where you show your neighbor that he too falls under the same love from God as you do, that power, without your help, is what rubs off on them. And stays. Whether you see it or not. Whether you live to see it or not. To where one day they just love God and are able to say, “We love him because he first loved us.” Didn’t you ever get confused with that scripture? I have always wondered what the heck that meant. I love him because he first loved me. This is what it means. That his goodness leads us to repentance. Repentance includes ending up loving God.
Now Ahab, we’re told that his repentance was accepted and yet he still had his blood licked by dogs as well as his wife’s, Jezebel, flesh being eaten by dogs. What gives? See, Ahab was a king, who represented a people and God would not visit the evil upon the people while Ahab was alive. Over and over we are shown how important it is to the Lord the concept of representation and standing in proxy. Read them over and over and they are bountiful the stories that relate to how man is given the power to intercede on man’s behalf. And greater power than before do we have now. But, are you there? Is your heart un-fleshly enough to have such courage and strength to first want forgiveness for someone before vengeance? For God knows that once you show someone forgiveness, you easily are able to lay down your right to seek vengeance. This isn’t just for people who have harmed you. It is for the sake of everyone you know or meet or encounter. Do you spend your time becoming stronger in his mercy than in your judgments? Are you developing maturely in the direction of being an advocate with the father instead of a judge against man? Do you want your children to have a life of peace and contentment with their needs met? Then show them forgiveness. Do you want your neighbor to be neighborlier? Then show him Christ’s patience. If you need a friend, first be a friend.
Noah, David, Moses, Jesus, Ahab, Joshua, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Nehemiah, and on and on, they all stand between God and man. It’s not about whether they, those out there, are clever enough to find God and repent. It’s about whether you, who have freely been given the privilege of faith in God, whether you are willing to be Christ-like and pray unto God, “Father, I would rather you show them forgiveness and repent from the consequences of their actions so that they can come to love you and we can have fellowship and joy together over your holiness and glory than have them pay a penalty and delay their reconciliation.” Do you have such maturity? Do I? That is the cross to bare and walk with to Golgotha, the place of the skull. A skull has no brain left in it. No ability to analyze and judge and criticize and reason. We walk to that place for one purpose and no other. To forgive and show them the love of the Father, but for a reason: so that they can love him. Not so that we can suffer. It should be our joy to want this. Is it? Don’t be too quick to say it is if it isn’t. That is where we must mature. In that area. You are intercessors for those around you. Through you can come solutions for those in your sphere of responsibility. If you don’t have this kind of strength yet, ask for it. It is the way the Lord wants to operate his kingdom. We are completely a part of it, so much so that we rule in it. We judge in it. But only in the ways of our God. With mercy and peace and patience and kindness and goodness and hope and love, and confidence and justice and righteousness and orderliness and decency. We do those things, not they. Walk away from here thinking yourselves to be powerful creations of God who work with him side by side, for his purpose, his will, his glory.
We are endowed with power from God to accomplish his will. We speak solutions. Ours is not a wasted walk. We should be ashamed of ourselves if we walk about trying to suffer for the Lord when He already suffered perfectly for us. Ours is to rejoice in that we have the power to cast out demons and heal the sick and bring joy to the weary. We should be developing in ways that demonstrate our maturity in God showing our willingness that others be forgiven and given the chance to love God so that we can fellowship together with them, happy in his holiness and glory. We are intercessors for them. Let us grow in that fashion, where we delight in our neighbors being forgiven, because we know that they will end up loving God. We speak it to them. We stand before God on their behalf pleading for them. Are we strong in that way? Are we happy to do so? We should be. That is who Christ is. We are such Christs in the earth. Greater works than these have we. Let us be aware of our power always knowing that we can easily waste great opportunities to bring deliverance and salvation to the blind and dead and needy. Let us rest dependent on our advocate with the Father for such things as we are weak in and let him handle our own forgiveness while we go on about our Father’s business, ministering goodness and kindness and patience, etc. to our fellow man. Then we will see ourselves mighty in God and find our neighbors rejoicing and loving God and thanking him for his goodness that led them to repent and love him by way of his Christ.
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