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MercyOfGod

by RandyP

Can we truly appreciate just what God has done for us and why? Do we understand just how profound His mercy is to be to us?

kjv@Romans:12:1 @ I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

It has been a long standing effort for secularists to reduce mercy down to the simple point of "unconditional compassion" and "Divine Tolerance". This effort has even infiltrated the modern church. Judging by the biblical accounts given here, this notion is simply not so.

Mercy:


Some references as starting point for our discussion:

Quoted resource: torrey 'mercy of God'


torrey:


Mercy of God, the @ Is part of his character kjv@Exodus:34:6 kjv@Exodus:34:7 kjv@Psalms:62:12 kjv@Nehemiah:9:17 kjv@Jonah:4:2 kjv@Jonah:4:10 kjv@Jonah:4:11 kjv@2Corinthians:1:3 -- Described as -- Great kjv@Numbers:14:18 kjv@Isaiah:54:7 -- Rich kjv@Ephesians:2:4 -- Manifold kjv@Nehemiah:9:27 kjv@Lamentations:3:32 -- Plenteous kjv@Psalms:86:5 kjv@Psalms:86:15 kjv@Psalms:103:8 -- Abundant kjv@1Peter:1:3 -- Sure kjv@Isaiah:55:3 kjv@Micah:7:20 -- Everlasting kjv@1Chronicles:16:34 kjv@Psalms:89:28 kjv@Psalms:106:1 kjv@Psalms:107:1 kjv@Psalms:136:1-26 -- Tender kjv@Psalms:25:6 kjv@Psalms:103:4 kjv@Luke:1:78 -- New every morning kjv@Lamentations:3:23 -- High as heaven kjv@Psalms:36:5 kjv@Psalms:103:11 -- Filling the earth kjv@Psalms:119:64 -- Over all his works kjv@Psalms:145:9 -- Is his delight kjv@Micah:7:18 -- Manifested -- In the sending of Christ kjv@Luke:1:78 -- In salvation kjv@Titus:3:5 -- In long-suffering kjv@Lamentations:3:22 kjv@Daniel:9:9 -- To his people kjv@Deuteronomy:32:43 kjv@1Kings:8:23 -- To them that fear him kjv@Psalms:103:17 kjv@Luke:1:50 -- To returning backsliders kjv@Jeremiah:3:12 kjv@Hosea:14:4 kjv@Joel:2:13 -- To repentant sinners kjv@Psalms:32:5 kjv@Proverbs:28:13 kjv@Isaiah:55:7 kjv@Luke:15:18-20 -- To the afflicted kjv@Isaiah:49:13 kjv@Isaiah:54:7 -- To the fatherless kjv@Hosea:14:3 -- To whom he will kjv@Hosea:2:23 kjv@Romans:9:15 kjv@Romans:9:18 -- With everlasting kindness kjv@Isaiah:54:8 -- A ground of hope kjv@Psalms:130:7 kjv@Psalms:147:11 -- A ground of trust kjv@Psalms:52:8 -- Should be -- Sought for ourselves kjv@Psalms:6:2 -- Sought for others kjv@Galatians:6:16 kjv@1Timothy:1:2 kjv@2Timothy:1:18 -- Pleaded in prayer kjv@Psalms:6:4 kjv@Psalms:25:6 kjv@Psalms:51:1 -- Rejoiced in kjv@Psalms:31:7 -- Magnified kjv@1Chronicles:16:34 kjv@Psalms:115:1 kjv@Psalms:118:1-4 kjv@Psalms:118:29 kjv@Jeremiah:33:11 -- Typified -- Mercy seat kjv@Exodus:25:17 -- Exemplified -- Lot kjv@Genesis:19:16 kjv@Genesis:19:19 -- Epaphroditus kjv@Philippians:2:27 -- Paul kjv@1Timothy:1:13

Mercy and Truth together


Mercy and truth met kjv@Psalms:85:10 together in God. Two seeming opposites touch.

kjv@Psalms:85:10 @ Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

God's mercy cannot be fully understood without first understanding His truth.

    Big picture from His perspective:
  1. God is in the midst of dealing with a fallen human race in it's entirity whose heart He has subjected to vainity in the greater hope of eventual reconcilliation kjv@Romans:8:20
  2. God's plan of action was spelled out before even the heavens and earth were created kjv@Proverbs:8:22-32 and executed systematically throughout human history by His Son Jesus Christ flawlessly in ways specific to elliminate human tinkering or malfisence.
  3. At all times knowing the heart and calculations of even His most loyal followers

Old Testament


filter:OT merc AND God

God's mercy is evidenced in kjv@Genesis:18:20-32. Prior to the destruction of Sodom. Abram questions the LORD as to the possibility that if any (50,45,40,30,20,10) righteous men remain in the city whether the Lord would spare the entire city. The answer was "yes", but, only Lot was found righteous in the city however.


(note: Some are quick to criticize a "merciful" God that would do this without themselves knowing neither the "great cry H2201 " nor the "grievous sin" that God was pointing our attention to; how this may have been the greatest mercy to them of all).

Millenniums later, in kjv@Nehemiah:9 we are privy to one of the greatest Old Testament spiritual revivals recorded (an entire nation) circa 500 B.C.. Here the nearly one thousand year experience of the Israelites (Moses - Persian Captivity) is summarized as a repeating series of up and down cycles of deliverance and then falling away.



Biblical mercy presupposes sin. Unless one sees the absolute need and purpose of God's mercy in their daily life, one has very little use/awareness for it. Israel/Judah would have no use for mercy repeatedly for long extended periods of time because of the hardness of their collective heart (ex = filter:OT evil+in+the+sight ); not until they had brought themselves low would they occasionally see the need. During these brief revivals, mercy was nearly all that they could talk about.

Another good bible source for examples of understanding and reliance upon God's mercy is found throughout the Psalms kjv@STRING:mercy+AND+Psalms as we see several authors seek for it in the course of their circumstances.



    Word Study:
  1. H2603 חנן chânan khaw-nan'
  2. H2604 חנן chănan khan-an' (Chaldee)
  3. H2617 חסד chêsêd kheh'-sed
  4. H7355 רחם râcham raw-kham'

New Testament


filter:NT merc AND God

Enter Jesus. A great many filter:NT-GOSPEL mery on asked Jesus to have a personal healing mercy on them. Jesus obliged (in fact he got into big trouble over these offerings of mercy).



It is in the Jesus's sacrifice on the cross that we see God's greatest act of mercy:

kjv@Romans:5:8 @ But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Later, we get a post cruxification glimpse of the Apostle Paul's understanding of God's mercy (and therefore dependence upon) via his usage of the word throughout his letters (filter:NT-EPISTLES-PAUL merc ).

In particular (kjv@Galatians:1:13-16 kjv@1Timothy:1:13-16) we see how it is that Paul himself had been transformed from a dead religion; a religion filled with all the devotion and the sacrifice and the righteousness, but, lacking the life blood - God's mercy.




    Word Study:
  1. G1653 ἐλεέω eleeō el-eh-eh'-o
  2. G1656 ἔλεος eleos el'-eh-os
  3. G3628 οἰκτιρμός oiktirmos oyk-tir-mos'
  4. G1655 ἐλεήμων eleēmōn el-eh-ay'-mone

Conclusions:


What we must ask ourselves is "where is God's mercy found today"?

Can you see it?

Have we experienced it?

Has it affected us as deeply as it is meant to?

    I feel that the bible speaks of four inter dependent variations to God's mercy:
  1. A general mercy that the Creator has toward all of His creation kjv@Psalms:145:9
  2. A more personable day to day mercy toward reverent/repentant individuals filter:NT-GOSPEL mercy on .
  3. A specific mercy towards the bodies of individuals (OT Israel/Judah - NT Bride/Body of Christ) that He has chosen to establish His greater purpose toward all mankind. kjv@1Peter:2:10
  4. A great and final mercy purchased upon His Cross. kjv@Hebrews:2:17

All four of these outlets work in conjunction with each other to bring about the fullness of God's Will.

It should be mentioned that in the greater context of both Old and New Testaments, God's mercy is best understood (even to individuals) as being purposeful and deliberate to God's greater design and intent for setting apart all of faithful mankind for His Lordship.

The numerous examples recorded for us in the Bible should be probing inquiry into the present state of our hearts individually and collectively lest will fall into the same religious traps as both the Old and the New Testament followers (see kjv@1Corinthians:10:1-6).

While mercy is indeed toward us as individuals, one should not forget that often it is dispensed toward the larger group, seemingly linking us (couple, family, fellowship, congregation, nation, world) as inexhaustibly inter dependent to each other. In this light, the importance of our reciprocal mercy to those around us becomes all the more apparent.

In God:

kjv@Psalms:85:10 @ Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

In mercy, the true sin nature of individual man is fully exposed, but, so too is the richness of God's most tender outreach and commitment (see filter:OT-POET truth AND mercy ).


Reference:

Additional Resources:

http://www.bible-researcher.com/chesed.html
http://www.gospeltruth.net/1845OE/450507_gods_mercy.htm - Charles Finney
http://www.spurgeon.org/sermons/1907.htm - Charles Spurgeon

http://www.scribd.com/doc/18043036/The-Mercy-of-God
http://www.2pi.info/bible/god/gods-change-old-new-testament/Eternal-Mercy-of-God.html
http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermons/the-mercy-of-god-adrian-reynolds-sermon-on-gods-forgiveness-63058.asp
http://www.shema.com/articles/articles-009.php
http://quaillake.blogspot.com/2007/04/goodness-and-mercy-of-god-jeremiah-441.html
http://www.graceonlinelibrary.org/etc/printer-friendly.asp?ID=805

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