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...they know not what they do. Wednesday October 30th, 2002

As Jesus hung on the cross, He looked up towards heaven and said: Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. (Luke 23:34) Have you ever wondered to yourself just who and what God the Son was asking God the Father to forgive? Who it was that knew not what they were doing? And what it was that they had done?

And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked Him, saying, "Art thou the King of the Jews?" And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.

And when He was accused by the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing. Then said Pilate unto Him, "Hearest Thou not how many things they witness against Thee?" And Jesus answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.

Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would. And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas. Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, "Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ?" For he knew that for envy they had delivered Jesus.

When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, "Have thou nothing to do with that just Man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of Him." But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus. The governor answered and said unto them, "Which of the two will ye that I release unto you? They said, "Barabbas." Pilate saith unto them, "What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?" They all say unto him, "Let Him be crucified." And the governor said, "Why, what evil hath He done?" But they cried out the more, saying, "Let Him be crucified." When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, " I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it."

Then answered all the people, and said, "His blood be on us, and on our children." (Matthew 27:11-25)

So, who is the Lord talking about when He looked towards heaven and commanded: Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. He was talking about the people who had, in their zeal for blood, said: "His blood be on us, and on our children." for they had not just condemned themselves in their stupidity, but their children as well. Had the Lord not said that, no Jew would have ever been able to become a Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian for they had condemned themselves and their posterity to everlasting damnation for what they had done, by saying, "His blood be on us, and on our children.". This is the only instance in the entire word of God that I can find where God overruled man's own free will, man's ability to choose. They had condemned themselves by choosing satan and saying "His blood be on us, and on our children" But, God choose to disregard their stupidity and give them another chance. How said so few Jews take that second opportunity.

Thank You Lord for caring for and loving us so much, thank You for forgiving us for our stupidity and stiff-necked behavior.

Amen.

God blessed America when she feared Him, now it appears, she may face His wrath.

ACP

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