God’s prerogative, “you are forgiven”

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases…Psalm 103:2,3. forgiveness-i

Forgives, salach, Strong’s # 5545: To forgive, pardon; spare someone; to relieve someone of the burden of their offense. This verb occurred 50 times in the O.T. in every occurrence God does the forgiving; never does salach represent a man’s forgiving anyone.

No small wonder why Jesus’ listeners were shocked when they heard Him say “your sins are forgiven” (Luke 5:20). They responded, “Who can forgive sins but God alone?” (Luke 5:21). These supposedly well-educated scribes knew that forgiveness is God’s prerogative. In Isaiah 55:7, salach is intensified by a helping verb: “He will abundantly pardon.” Jeremiah 33:8 proclaims God’s eagerness to forgive His people.

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