The Lord's judgment against disobedience; prayer against enemies; prayer for mercy and restoration
God had chosen
The few remaining faithful Israelites pleaded: Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Thy Name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for Thy Name's sake (79:9).
Since the destruction of
With Jesus' death, all of the Old Testament sacrifices for sins were made obsolete and the old sacrificial system under the Law was destroyed soon after the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. For the Israelites, the blood sacrifices of animals could only temporarily atone for (cover) sins. How much more shall the blood of Christ . . . purge (cleanse) your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9:14).
The sacrifice of Christ on the cross made it possible for both Jews and Gentiles, who recognize themselves as lost sinners, truly repent, and receive Jesus as their Savior, to be forgiven of their sins. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:27-28).
78:15 clave =b> split; 78:34 inquired early =b> sought diligently; 79:4 derision =b> ridicule; 80:3 Turn us again =b> Restore us; 80:8 a vine =b>
Pray for Government Officials: Rep. Julia Carson (IN) and Rep. John Dingell (MI) Country: Cameroon (15 million) in west-central Africa Major languages: English and French Pressure on Christians from authorities and Muslims 28% Roman Catholic; 23% Muslim; 18% animism, divination, and animal sacrifices; 14% Protestant · Prayer Suggestion: Make everything you do a matter of prayer (I Thessalonians 5:17).
Memory Verse for the Week: Psalms 23:1-2