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Why Isn’t He Ashamed?

There are many remarkable truths recorded in God’s Word. And one of the most remarkable things is mentioned in Hebrews 2:11b. The text says this: “So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers.”

So I was wondering, “Why isn’t He ashamed?” I am. I have been ashamed of my spiritual brothers from time to time. They have done ugly things…horrible things…things that reflected dishonorably on the church and on their Lord.

I have often been ashamed of myself for all the low, petty, selfish, insensitive, lazy, careless, thoughtless and foolish sins I’ve committed across the years…as well as for those that I still commit. So why wouldn’t He be ashamed of one like me…so deserving of shame?

Why did God attach himself to the young David? Why did He identify David as “a man after His own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14)? Did He not know what the future held for David? Was He taken by surprise when the man, the king, David committed the horrible sins in connection with Bathseba? Why did He then, in speaking with Solomon, go on record after David’s life was over and sum up the totality of his life with this epitaph: And if you walk in My ways and obey My statutes and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life”(1 Kings 3:14)?

Wonder of wonders, God is not ashamed to be my God (Hebrews 11:16), and Jesus is not ashamed to call me brother (Hebrews 2:11)!

What do you think about that?

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4 thoughts on “Why Isn’t He Ashamed?

  1. I don’t know much about this one. I only know God has a bigger heart of Love than me and forgiveness. Because when a brother is reckless with me and their sensitivity is not there it is hard to call them brother. It is hard for me to want to be around them. I try but,,,,,,,,this is hard area for me. Because where is the “Love which is the Greatest” of all of these.

    • oakesclan on said:

      I appreciate your honesty, sis. It’s a hard area for me too. But you and I are right to keep on trying. So…let’s stay at it!

  2. I think that part of the answer lies in who God is as He declares Himself in Ex. 34:6-7. He is compassionate, gracious, loving and forgiving. David understood this in Ps. 86; 103, and 145. While there is more to this, understanding who God is helps us understand His responses. See also Jonah and Joel.

    • oakesclan on said:

      I think your logic is good here, George. My problem is that I can only understand so much about who God is. I am glad He forgave and forgives me…so glad, I can’t tell you. And, on a certain level, I want that same kind of treatment given to all, if they will have it. BUT, when I think of God’s gracious treatment of the adulterous, murderous King David who had all that wonderful history with God…it threatens to split my heart wide open as it challenges all I know about what life with God is all about.

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