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Reading: Exodus 34:1-8
English: Mercy = Refraining from inflicting punishment or pain on an offender
Hebrew: Chesed = loving kindness, chanan = graciously inclined, racham = to love and pity.
Greek: Eleeo = to be kind, beneficent
When men describe themselves or their fellows they are inclined to tell of appearance, possessions, intelligence, skill, wealth, power or position. But when the Almighty describes Himself He speaks of His qualities - foremost amongst which He rates His quality of mercy.
|And YaHuWaH descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the Name YaHuWaH.
6: And YaHuWaH passed by before him, and proclaimed, YaHuWaH, YaHuWaH Elohim, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,
7: Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.
8: And Moshe made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshiped.
|Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith YaHuWaH ; and I will not cause Mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith YaHuWaH, and I will not keep anger for ever.
|For thy Maker is thine husband; YaHuWaH Tz'va'ot is His Name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The Elohim of the whole Earth shall He be called.
6: For YaHuWaH hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy Elohim.
7: For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.
8: In a little wrath I hid My face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith YaHuWaH thy Redeemer.
|When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to YaHuWaH thy Elohim, and shalt be obedient unto His voice;
31: (For YaHuWaH thy Elohim is a merciful Elohim;) He will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which He sware unto them.
|YaHuWaH is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
9: He will not always chide: neither will He keep His anger for ever.
Even though the Most High is an extremely merciful Being, His mercy is only extended to those who repent of their sins and sincerely request His mercy. It is not indiscriminately poured upon blatant sinners who have no intention of giving up sin.
|"... And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will shew mercy to whom I will shew mercy."
|"Keeping mercy for thousands ... and that will by no means clear the guilty."
|"Thou therefore YaHuWaH Elohim Tz'va'ot, the Elohim of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen: be not merciful to any wicked transgressor. Selah!"
|Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against YaHuWaH thy Elohim, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed My voice, saith YaHuWaH.
There are many verses in the Bible which say that YaHuWaH 's mercy is everlasting. Of course when sin ceases to exist, the need for repentance and mercy will vanish. But mercy itself, that tender-hearted loving-kindness and grace that springs from YaHuWaH 's heart, will endure for all time.
|For YaHuWaH is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations.
|But the mercy of YaHuWaH is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him, and His righteousness unto children's children;
18: To such as keep His covenant, and to those that remember His commandments to do them.
|Read this psalm through and note how almost every action of the Most High in His treatment of Israel was prompted by His love and mercy. Contrast YaHuWaH 's terrifying punishment of the heathen with His tender mercies for His repentant people. Pause and consider the mercy of the Most High. It is abundant, free and everlasting to those who request it in the right spirit. But it is withheld from to the blatant sinner who knowingly opposes YaHuWaH 's will.
|And He said, I will make all My goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the Name of YaHuWaH before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.
No one is better placed to receive mercy than the merciful.
|2 Samuel 22:26
|With the merciful thou wilt shew Thyself merciful, and with the upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright.
27: With the pure Thou wilt shew Thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew Thyself unsavory.
|Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.
|For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.
|And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
|Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.
4: And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.
|...Father forgive them for they know not what they do...
We live in an extremely brutal world; a world in which mental and physical cruelty are commonplace. Mercy is vanishing from the earth and people are becoming callous, pitiless and cruel. It is at a time like this that kindness and mercy are desperately needed. And what better channel could the Most High find to express His mercy to the world than the true believer himself. Consider YaHuWaH 's appeal to His followers to be merciful.
|He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth YaHuWaH require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy Elohim?
|Thus speaketh YaHuWaH Tz'va'ot, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother:
|Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
From the above we can see that showing mercy comes second to 'doing justly.' Mercy is a weightier matter than tithing. But it is not extended to unrepentant sinners unless they are totally ignorant of what they are doing. It is only when we look at YaHuWaH 's mercy in this light that we can appreciate its worth and its place in the Judgment. YaHuWaH 's mercy rejoices over judgment - whenever repentance is present - and every noble mind is gladdened when it does. But when repentance is contemptuously and continuously ignored, then His mercy gives way to judgment and punishment follows. These are eternal, spiritual facts we do well to keep in mind.