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Acceptance, divine

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God’s gracious favour shown both to Israel and to the Gentiles. God accepts people who respond to him, and worship that is offered sincerely and is accompanied by wholehearted commitment.


God’s acceptance of human beings

God’s gracious acceptance of Israel

2 Kings 13:23 NASB95
But the Lord was gracious to them and had compassion on them and turned to them because of His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and would not destroy them or cast them from His presence until now.
See also Eze 20:40–41; Ro 11:1

God’s acceptance of those who respond to him

Ge 4:7; Eze 43:27; Jn 6:37
See also Ex 28:38; Ro 14:3; Heb 12:6; 2 Pe 1:10–11

God’s acceptance of the Gentiles

Romans 15:16 NASB95
to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, ministering as a priest the gospel of God, so that my offering of the Gentiles may become acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

See also Is 56:6–7; Ac 10:34–35; Ac 15:7–8

Prayers for acceptance by God

Dt 21:8; 2 Sa 24:23

God’s acceptance of human worship

Acceptable sacrifices

Le 22:19–21; 1 Pe 2:5
See also Le 1:3–4; Le 19:5–7; Le 22:27–29; Mal 3:3–4; Jn 4:23; Ro 12:1; Php 4:18; Heb 12:28; Heb 13:16

Acceptance of gifts offered for the tabernacle

Numbers 7:5 NASB95
“Accept these things from them, that they may be used in the service of the tent of meeting, and you shall give them to the Levites, to each man according to his service.”
See also Nu 31:51–54

Unacceptable offerings

Jeremiah 14:10–12 NASB95
Thus says the Lord to this people, “Even so they have loved to wander; they have not kept their feet in check. Therefore the Lord does not accept them; now He will remember their iniquity and call their sins to account.” So the Lord said to me, “Do not pray for the welfare of this people. “When they fast, I am not going to listen to their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and grain offering, I am not going to accept them. Rather I am going to make an end of them by the sword, famine and pestilence.”
See also Le 7:18; Le 22:25; Mal 1:8–10; Mal 2:13

Acceptable service

Pr 21:3; Jas 1:27
See also 1 Sa 15:22; Ps 51:6–7; Je 6:19–20; Am 5:21–24; 2 Co 6:17–18; Is 52:11

God accepts prayer and praise

Ps 6:9; Heb 13:15
See also Job 33:26; Job 42:8–9; Ps 119:108; Lk 18:13–14
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