The Lord of the Harem is Merciful and Gracious

Ernst, Rudolph  -Romantic InterludeMercy is the action of a Gracious God. Generally it is the Old Testament that uses the word “mercy” and the New Testament that uses “grace”. An easy why to think of it in English is that “mercy” is a verb of action, where “grace” is an adjective a kind of description of the nature behind the action. Because God is gracious He behaves mercifully.

Mercy is often paired with loving-kindness. Mercy is shown to the disobedient, where loving-kindness is showered on the obedient.

. . . for the LORD your God is a merciful God; he will not fail you or destroy you or forget the covenant with your fathers which he swore to them. Deut. 4:31

The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. Psa. 103:8

But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, Psa. 103:17 

Pardoning of Sinners

. . . though I formerly blasphemed and persecuted and insulted him; but I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, 1 Tim. 1:13 

Removing Guilt and Penalties

10 He does not deal with us according to our sins, 

nor requite us according to our iniquities. 

11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, 

so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; 

12 as far as the east is from the west, 

so far does he remove our transgressions from us. Psa. 103: 10-12

Delivering from Perils

Turn, O LORD, save my life; deliver me for the sake of thy steadfast love. Psa. 6:4

In the parable of the Good Samaritan we are given a practical example of mercy [Luke 10:33-37]. To illustrate that the Law had been diminished by the rules of men Messiah puts forth a unfortunate man who receives no help from the spiritual leaders but rather a Samaritan. (the lowest of the low, under the rules of men). When Messiah asked “Who showed Mercy?” they can not even bring themselves to say “the Samaritan” but only say “him that showed mercy”.

Grace, mercy and love are not depicted as abstracts in the Bible but rather actions of God toward those who merit no such disposition. Once this grace, mercy, and love has been granted, we are expected or responsible to show the same considerations toward our fellow men as an expression that we are now the Sons of God, and are to conformed to His nature and character.

He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Mic. 6:8 

The great Psalm of Grace is the 103.

Psa. 103

A Psalm of David. 

1 Bless the LORD, O my soul; 

and all that is within me, bless his holy name! 

2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, 

and forget not all his benefits, 

3 who forgives all your iniquity, 

who heals all your diseases, 

4 who redeems your life from the Pit, 

who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, 

5 who satisfies you with good as long as you live 

so that your youth is renewed like the eagles. 

6 The LORD works vindication and justice

 for all who are oppressed. 

7 He made known his ways to Moses, 

his acts to the people of Israel. 

8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, 

slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. 

9 He will not always chide, 

nor will he keep his anger for ever. 

10 He does not deal with us according to our sins, 

nor requite us according to our iniquities. 

11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, 

so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; 

12 as far as the east is from the west, 

so far does he remove our transgressions from us. 

13 As a father pities his children, 

so the LORD pities those who fear him. 

14 For he knows our frame; 

he remembers that we are dust. 

15 As for man, his days are like grass; 

he flourishes like a flower of the field; 

16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, 

and its place knows it no more. 

17 But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting 

upon those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, 

18 to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments. 

19 The LORD has established his throne in the heavens, 

and his kingdom rules over all. 

20 Bless the LORD, O you his angels, 

you mighty ones who do his word, 

hearkening to the voice of his word! 

21 Bless the LORD, all his hosts, 

his ministers that do his will! 

22 Bless the LORD, all his works, 

in all places of his dominion. 

Bless the LORD, O my soul!

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