The house of Israel was guilty of committing the sin of backsliding on numerous occasions. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. They are evil people, corrupt children who have rejected the Lord. For usage information, please read the Baker Book House Copyright Statement. Failing to heed the warning, Israel suffered the full displeasure and abandonment of God in the Babylonian deportation and exile. It is impossible to bring such people back to repentance; by rejecting the Son of God, they themselves are nailing him to the cross once again and holding him up to public shame. But it is much worse to dishonor God’s Son and to disgrace the blood of the promise that made us holy. They will be my people, and I will be their God" ( Eze 37:23 ). But God will be mercifulif you … Salem Media Group. (NLT), 2 Corinthians 13:5Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Israel serves as an example to us. "Our fathers were unfaithful; they did evil in the eyes of the Lord our God and forsook him. Bible verses about backsliding. The grace of perseverance is one of the benefits of Christ's atoning sacrifice for our sins. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. But God will be merciful if you confess your sins and give them up. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God. As agents of God's covenant lawsuit against the obstinate and stiff-necked people, the prophets pleaded with Israel to repent of her sins and return to God in true faith and holiness. Only the mercy and compassion of Yahweh could restore Israel to favor ( Jer 3:22 ; 14:7 ). B. Warfield, The Plan of Salvation. In the speech of Hezekiah, the Chronicler highlights Israel's history as a lengthy period of disobedience. If you don’t confess your sins, you will be a failure. While this parable directly speaks of the person who is first hearing the Word of God, it indirectly describes the hearts of any hearer of the Word. (NLT), Jeremiah 3:12Go, proclaim this message toward the north: “‘Return, faithless Israel,’ declares the Lord, ‘I will frown on you no longer, for I am faithful,’ declares theLord, ‘I will not be angry forever. (NLT), Hosea 11:7For my people are determined to desert me. They turned their faces away from the Lord's dwelling place and turned their backs on him" ( 2 Chron 29:6 ; 36:14 ). The cause of Israel's backslidings was her stubbornness of heart. (NLT), Isaiah 1:18-20“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God! (NKJV), Hebrews 6:4-6For it is impossible to bring back to repentance those who were once enlightened—those who have experienced the good things of heaven and shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the power of the age to come — and who then turn away from God. Bibliography. Only the mercy and compassion of Yahweh could restore Israel to favor ( Jer 3:22 ; 14:7 ). (CEV), Isaiah 1:4-5Oh, what a sinful nation they are — loaded down with a burden of guilt. (NIV), Hosea 4:16Israel is stubborn, like a stubborn heifer. The sin of apostasy is real for covenant confessors. (NLT), Luke 18:1One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. Why does Jerusalem always turn away? The frequent occurrence and gravity of backsliding among the people of God is vividly portrayed in the corporate life of Israel during the Mosaic epoch of redemptive history. "Like Adam, they have broken the covenant they were unfaithful to me there" ( Ho 6:7 ). They call me the Most High, but they don’t truly honor me. A. (CEV), Proverbs 28:13If you don’t confess your sins, you will be a failure. Why do you continue to invite punishment? And it is just as bad to insult the Holy Spirit, who shows us mercy. Hosea describes Israel in particularly graphic terms as an adulterous people (2:5; 4:12; 5:7; 9:1). Accordingly, the angel of the church in Ephesus warns those who have forsaken their first love: "Remember the height from which you have fallen! Condition that results from spiritual apathy or disregard for the things of God, whether on the part of an individual or a group bound by a prior covenantal pledge of commitment to uphold the doctrine and commandments of the Lord. (NLT), 2 Chronicles 7:14And My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. The saints are to persevere in doing the will of God, remembering the covenant he has made with us in his Son, Jesus Christ. Evil will spread and cause many people to stop loving others. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. B.S., Psychology and Criminal Justice, Illinois State University. See also Apostasy; Denial; Sanctification. You don’t witness to the lost anymore. When a former disciple renounces Christian faith and conduct, however, that person is not a true son or daughter of God, and thus is not numbered among God's elect. Israel's backsliding was both a divine chastisement and a rebuke for sin ( Jer 2:19). If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. (NIV), Jeremiah 3:22“Return, faithless people; I will cure you of backsliding.” “Yes, we will come to you, for you are the Lord our God. They cling to deceit; they refuse to return. Throughout the Bible we see time and time again where God’s own people turn their backs on Him. But since they don’t have deep roots, they believe for a while, then they fall away when they face temptation. (CEV), Luke 8:13The seeds on the rocky soil represent those who hear the message and receive it with joy. Proverbs 28:13. She previously worked as an administrator for NXT, a high school Christian youth group. In the teachings of Christ and his apostles the people of God are exhorted to persevere in righteousness and holiness, so as not to fall under divine condemnation. If two or more witnesses accused someone of breaking the Law of Moses, that person could be put to death. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. (NLT), Ephesians 1:4Before the world was created, God had Christ choose us to live with him and to be his holy and innocent and loving people. (NKJV), James 4:6In fact, God treats us with even greater kindness, just as the Scriptures say, “God opposes everyone who is proud, but he is kind to everyone who is humble.” (CEV), Romans 3:28So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law. It isn’t something you have earned, so there is nothing you can brag about. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Jesus tells the Parable of the Soils in Mark 4:14-19. Repent and do the things you did at first" ( Rev 2:5 ). (NLT), Hosea 14:1Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God, for your sins have brought you down.