Forsake, Forsaken, Forsaking

* Definition of forsake

Definition of forsake is to quit, abandon, leave behind, cease from.

* To forsake evil is real understanding

“The fear of the Lord” is a key theme in the wisdom literature of the Bible (Job through Song of Songs).  It means to have respect and reverence for God and to be in awe of his majesty and power.  This is the starting point to finding real wisdom. (NLT)

Job 28:28 – “And this is what he says to all humanity: ‘The fear of the Lord is true wisdom; to forsake evil is real understanding.’”

* God doesn’t forsake those who trust him

God will never abandon, forsake, those who seek him.  God’s promise does not mean that if we trust in him we will escape loss or suffering, it means that God himself will never leave, forsake, us no matter what we face. (NLT)

Psalm 9:10 – Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O Lord, have never abandoned anyone who searches for you.

* – How can we learn to be satisfied with what we have?  Strive to live with less rather than desiring more; give away out of your abundance rather than accumulating more; relish what you have rather than resent what you’re missing.  See God’s love expressed in what he has provided, and remember that money and possessions will all pass away.

We become content when we realize God’s sufficiency for our needs.  Christians who become materialistic are saying by their actions that God can’t take care of them—or at least that he won’t take care of them the way they want.  Insecurity can lead to the love of money, whether we are rich or poor.  The only antidote is to trust God to meet all our needs. (NLT)

Hebrews 13:5-6 – Stay away from the love of money; be satisfied with what you have.  For God has said, “I will never fail you.  I will never forsake you.”  That is why we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will not be afraid.  What can mere mortals do to me?”

* An urgent appeal to not forsake him

David gave an amazingly accurate description of the suffering the Messiah would endure hundreds of years later.  David was obviously enduring some great trial, but through his suffering, he, like the Messiah to come, gained victory.  Jesus, the Messiah, quoted this verse while hanging on the cross carrying our burden of sin.  It was not a cry of doubt, but an urgent appeal to God to not forsake him. (NLT)

Psalm 22:1 – My God, my God!  Why have you forsaken me?  Why do you remain so distant?  Why do you ignore my cries for help?

* – Who would set aside a fountain of living water for a cracked cistern, a pit that collected rainwater but could not hold it?  God told the Israelites they were doing that very thing when they turned from him, the fountain of living water, to the worship of idols.  Not only that, but the cisterns they chose were broken and empty.  The people had built religious systems in which to store truth, but those systems were worthless.  Why should we cling to the broken promises of unstable “cisterns” (money, power, religious systems, or whatever transitory thing we are putting in place of God) when God promises to constantly refresh us with living water. (NLT)

Jeremiah 2:13 – For my people have done two evil things: They have forsaken me—the fountain of living water.  And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all!

Jeremiah 17:13 – O Lord, the hope of Israel, all who turn away from you will be disgraced and shamed.  They will be buried in a dry and dusty grave, for they have forsaken the Lord, the fountain of living water.

* Godly people and their children are not forsaken

Because children starve today, as they did in David’s time, what did David mean by these words?  The children of the righteous need not go hungry because other believers should help them in their time of need.  In David’s day, Israel obeyed God’s laws, which ensured that the poor were treated fairly and mercifully.  As long as Israel was obedient, there was enough food, for everyone.  When Israel forgot God, the rich took care of themselves only, and the poor suffered.

When we see a Christian brother or sister suffering, today, we can respond in one of three ways: (1) We can say, as Job’s friends did, that the afflicted person brought this on himself.  (2) We can say that this is a test to help the person develop more patience and trust in God.  (3) We can help the person in need.  David would approve of only the last option.  Although many governments today have their own programs for helping those in need, this is no excuse for ignoring the poor and needy within our reach. (NLT)

Psalm 37:25 – Once I was young, and now I am old.  Yet I have never seen the godly forsaken, nor seen their children begging for bread.

* – In the light of Israel’s continual disobedience throughout history, this is an amazing promise.  God promised that David’s descendants would always sit on the throne, but that if the people disobeyed, they would be punished.  Yet, even though their disobedience and punishment, God would never break faith with them.  Israel did disobey, evil ran rampant, the nation was divided, exile came—but through it all, a remnant of God’s people remained faithful.  Centuries later, the Messiah arrived, the eternal King from David’s line, just as God had promised.  All that God promises, he fulfills.  He will not take back, forsake, even one word of what he says, God can also be trusted to save us as he promised he would.  God is completely reliable. (NLT)

Psalm 89:26-37 – “And he will say to me, ‘You are my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation.’  I will make him my firstborn son, the mightiest king on earth.  I will love him and be kind to him forever; my covenant with him will never end.  I will preserve an heir for him; his throne will be as endless as the days of heaven.  But if his sons forsake my law and fail to walk in my ways, if they do not obey my decrees and fail to keep my commands, then I will punish their sin with the rod, and their disobedience with beating.  But I will never stop loving him, nor let my promise to him fail.  No, I will not break my covenant; I will not take back a single word I said.  I have sworn an oath to David, and in my holiness I cannot lie: His dynasty will go on forever; his throne is as secure as the sun, as eternal as the moon, my faithful witness in the sky!”

Deuteronomy 28:15-22 – “But if you refuse to listen to the Lord your God and do not obey all the commands and laws I am giving you today, all these curses will come and overwhelm you: You will be cursed in your towns and in the country.  You will be cursed with baskets empty of fruit, and with kneading bowls empty of bread.  You will be cursed with few children and barren fields.  You will be cursed with infertile herds and flocks.  You will be cursed wherever you go, both in coming and in going.

“The Lord himself will send against you curses, confusion, and disillusionment in everything you do, until at last you are completely destroyed for doing evil and forsaking me.  The Lord will send diseases among you until none of you are left in the land you are about to enter and occupy.  The Lord will strike you with wasting disease, fever, and inflammation, with scorching heat and drought, and with blight and mildew.  These devastations will pursue you until you die.”

* Confess and forsake sin

For a government or a society to endure, it needs wise, informed leaders—and these are hard to find.  Each person’s selfishness quickly affects others.  A selfish employee who steals from his company ruins its productivity.  A selfish driver who drinks before taking the wheel makes the state highways unsafe.  A selfish spouse who has an adulterous affair often breaks up several families. When people live for themselves with little concern for how their actions affect others, the resulting moral rot contaminates the entire nation.  Are you part of the problem or the solution?

God does not listen to our prayers if we intend to go back to our sin as soon as we get off our knees.  When we forsake our sin and follow him, however, he willingly listens–no matter how bad our sin has been.  What closes his ears is not the depth of our sin but our secret intention to do it again.

It is human nature to hide our sins or overlook our mistakes.  But it is hard to learn from a mistake you don’t acknowledge making.  And what good is a mistake if it doesn’t teach you something?  To learn from an error you need to admit it, confess it, analyze it, and make adjustments so that it doesn’t happen again.  Everybody makes mistakes, but only fools repeat them.

Something in each of us strongly resists admitting we are wrong.  That is why we admire people who openly and graciously admit their mistakes and sins.  These people have a strong self-image.  They do not always have to be right to feel good about themselves.  Be willing to reconsider—to admit you are wrong and to change your plans when necessary.  And remember, the first step toward forgiveness is confession. (NLT)

Proverbs 28:1-14 – The wicked run away when no one is chasing them, but the godly are as bold as lions.

When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily.  But with wise and knowledgeable leaders, there is stability.

A poor person who oppresses the poor is like a pounding rain that destroys the crops.  To reject the law is to praise the wicked; to obey the law is to fight them.

Evil people don’t understand justice, but those who follow the Lord understand completely.

It is better to be poor and honest than rich and crooked.

Young people who obey the law are wise; those who seek out worthless companions bring shame to their parents.

A person who makes money by charging interest will lose it.  It will end up in the hands of someone who is kind to the poor.

The prayers of a person who ignores the law are despised.

Those who lead the upright into sin will fall into their own trap, but the honest will inherit good things

Rich people picture themselves as wise, but their real poverty is evident to the poor.

When the godly succeed, everyone is glad.  When the wicked take charge, people go into hiding.

People who cover over their sins will not prosper.  But if they confess and forsake them, they will receive mercy.

Blessed are those who have a tender conscience, but the stubborn are headed for serious trouble.

* Jesus asked why God had forsaken him

We do not know how this darkness occurred, but it is clear that God caused it.  Nature testified to the gravity of Jesus’ death, while Jesus’ friends and enemies alike fell silent in the encircling gloom.  The darkness on that Friday afternoon was both physical and spiritual.

Jesus was not questioning God; he was quoting the first line of Psalm 22—a deep expression of the anguish he felt when he took on the sins of the world, which caused him to be separated from his Father.  The whole psalm is a prophesy expressing the deep agony of the Messiah’s death for the world’s sin.  This was what Jesus dreaded as he prayed to God in the garden to take the cup from him.  The physical agony was horrible, but even worse was the period of spiritual separation from God.  Jesus suffered this double death so that we would never have to experience eternal separation from God. (NLT)

Matthew 27:45-46 – At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock.  At about three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabuchthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

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