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Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes. I prayed to the Lord my God and made confession, saying, “O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, we have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and rules. We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. To you, O Lord, belongs righteousness, but to us open shame, as at this day, to the men of Judah, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to all Israel, those who are near and those who are far away, in all the lands to which you have driven them, because of the treachery that they have committed against you. To us, O Lord, belongs open shame, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against you. To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God by walking in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.
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audio : Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, II Allegro , Bela Bartok (1936)
image : Golgotha, Edvard Munch (1900)
According to God’s righteous judgment, we deserve punishment both in this world and forever after: how then can we escape this punishment and return to God’s favor?
God requires that His justice be satisfied. Therefore, the claims of His justice must be paid in full, either by ourselves or another.
Heidelberg Catechism Q & A 12, 16th century