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 KJV 1900
And the Lord was gracious unto them, and had compassion on them, and had respect unto them, because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and would not destroy them, neither cast he them from his presence as yet.
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 KJV 1900
That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.
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 KJV 1900
Take it of them, that they may be to do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation; and thou shalt give them unto the Levites, to every man according to his service.
See also Nu 31:51–54

Unacceptable offerings

Jeremiah 14:10–12 KJV 1900
Thus saith the Lord unto this people, Thus have they loved to wander, they have not refrained their feet, therefore the Lord doth not accept them; he will now remember their iniquity, and visit their sins. Then said the Lord unto me, Pray not for this people for their good. When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and an oblation, I will not accept them: but I will consume them by the sword, and by the famine, and by the 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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