The mercy of God is a wonderful and interesting topic to explore. In the Old testament the word mercy in Hebrew is checed and it means: goodness and kindness
It is good and kind to call people out of their sin that will damn them so that is mercy, amen?
While the bible indeed says God is merciful, does this mean he just gives it out often, at will without any condition at all to receive it? Here are verses that show there is indeed a condition to receive the mercy of God and it involves obeying Him and repentance from sin:
And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
The Lord is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.
By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.
He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
Therefore the Lord shall have no joy in their young men, neither shall have mercy on their fatherless and widows: for every one is an hypocrite and an evildoer, and every mouth speaketh folly. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
*Need I remind you that false teachers and rebellious children in the OT Word were stoned to death for rebellion and one false prophecy. Where is the mercy there? These verses/events should warn you if you "live in" any sin, you are not entitled to the mercy of God on judgment day. (Heb 10:26 says willful sin causes you to you lose the sacrifice for your sins)
Clearly in the OT Word, mercy almost always comes to those who repent, seek to serve and obey God.
In the New Testament, we see the word mercy in Greek is eleeo and it means to..... have compassion on.
Again it is showing compassion on men to call them out of their sin that will damn them so that is showing mercy, amen?
If we expect mercy to over look sin, we demean God and His holiness and that is blasphemy!
Jesus said this:
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Compassion is a good thing but; this mercy is not to be used for allowing/over looking sin. We know this as Jesus also said in Matthew 18 if a brother is in sin and wont repent, toss him out of the body! (Paul said the same thing in various places as well)
The NT Word also backs up mercy is for those that fear and then obey God.
And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.
And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
*Need I also remind you in Acts 5 God killed a couple over one lie. Where was this blanket mercy in their case I ask?
While God can decide have mercy on anyone he chooses; (Romans 9:18) we see that mercy is MOST often bestowed on those who humble themselves, repent, forsake sin and seek God's ways not their own.
Jude 21 says it well:
Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
What is the love of God?
1 John 5:3 says it is keeping His commandments.
Now that we understand what mercy is and how it is given out most often, lets look at a recent example I experienced how mercy was used in a wrong way.
Mercy at Work in Meek Moses
Just today as I tried to help a brand new believer out of error and his following false teachers and he said to me;
I hope to see some meekness/mercy in you as we progress. Even Moses, being the meekest of all men cried out unto the Lord to spare the souls led out of egypt.
Note: he was upset at me as I was hard on sin and exposing his favorite famous men as false teachers. I was asking him to repent and leave them per God's Word. Romans 16:17 He was expecting me to over look the sins of his favorite false teachers saying; mercy.
So he believes Moses was meek and showed mercy (over looked their sin) of the Israelites that were in idolatry?
Here is an article on meekness and it is NOT what people think it is:
Moving on to the mercy of Moses in Exodus 32 ......
Lets look at this so we can get a proper understanding of the account he was referring to that happened in Exodus.
In that chapter, we read this:
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