“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,” Eph. 2:4
In my previous post, I spoke about God’s grace and how that is different than mercy. Mercy is not getting the justice that we deserve. Charles Finney says; “Mercy asks that justice be set aside.” James 2:13 says “For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.”
The first people recorded in the Bible that received this rich mercy is Adam and Eve. They were in the garden of Eden enjoying fellowship with God. We really don’t know for how long this took place, but I would like to think that it was of some time, especially for Adam because it took a while to name all the animals. They had an established relationship of love with God. They enjoyed His personal presence every evening. But then satan came around and held out a temptation for Eve and she succumbed and Adam knowing that this was sin chose Eve over God and in so doing betrayed God. So, God had every right to bestow judgment and destroy Adam and Eve and start over. But instead he showed mercy, by making them animal skins for covering their nakedness and not destroying them. He punished them but their punishment was an opportunity for them to still have a relationship with God and carryout God’s plan for mankind.
My husband Gene Alley says; “Mercy is an engine fueled by love. God is love so mercy never runs out of gas. The engine of Mercy produces grace in a never-ending stream.” God’s mercy lasts forever. 1 Ch 16:34 says “Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” God’s mercy is plentiful. Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions” Psalm 51:1 God’s mercy is free. “Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies” Psalm 103:4
You see the only way we can ever come to God and be in His presence is through His mercy. “And the Lord said unto Moses, Speak unto Aaron thy brother, that he come not at all times into the holy place within the vail before the mercy seat, which is upon the ark; that he die not: for I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat.” Lev 16:2 Aaron could not come into the presence of God while God sat upon the mercy seat. Only Moses had that kind of relationship with God at that time. But Jesus changed all that when He died on the cross and the veil was torn breaking the barrier between God and man by being the mediator between God and man.
Now we are allowed into the Holies of Holies in worship to God through Jesus Christ with the help of the Holy Spirit. That is the ultimate mercy of all time; Jesus Christ opening to us what was once closed to us by sacrificing Himself for us to come into intimate relationship with the trinity; God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit!
Now that God has shown mercy to us we are to go out and do the same with each other. Don’t think so? Read what happened in the parable that Jesus told in Matthew 18! That man ended up in prison himself! We will end up in prison too. The prison of unforgiveness, sin, grief, strife, etc. no peace!
“Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.” Matthew 5:7