Mercy is one of the greatest, enduring qualities of the Lord. And Christians need to understand that God’s mercies are for more than just the forgiveness of sins.
The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works. - Psalm 145:8, 9
In the New Testament, I want you to notice some things about the Lord Jesus Christ. Because Jesus is the will of God in action, we can look at God’s compassion manifested in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “For I came down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of Him that sent me” (John 6:38), and “…the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the father that dwelleth in me, He doeth the work” (John 14:10). So if you want to hear God speaking, listen to Jesus. If you want to know God’s will, Jesus is the will of God in action!
40 And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, (Jesus), and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If though wilt, thou canst make me clean.
(Notice he said, “If thou wilt.” As far as I know, most Christians believe that God can heal them, but they don’t know whether He will or not. And that’s where they’re hung up. But, if you want to see God, look at Jesus. Jesus said, “… he that hath seen me hath the Father…” (John 14:9).)
41 And Jesus moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.
42 And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.
This same Greek word that is translated “compassion” here, is translated “mercy” in other places in the New Testament. So, this verse could read, “Jesus, moved with MERCY….” As we already noted, one definition of mercy is to be full of compassion. Now, I want you to notice that it was compassion that moved Jesus to heal the man!
MATTHEW 14:13, 14
13 …he (Jesus) departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities.
14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion towards them…. Because Jesus is the will of God in action, I like to say it this way: “God was moved with compassion towards them… and He healed their sick.” I want you to notice that here, as elsewhere, Jesus was plenteous in mercy, or moved with compassion. And for all that had need of healing, it was His compassion that moved Him to heal them.
MATTHEW 20:29, 30, 32-33
29 And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed him.
30 And behold, two blind men sitting by the wayside, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord. Thou san of David….
32 And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, what will ye that I should do unto you?
33 They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened.
Notice the two blind me asked for the mercy of having their eyes opened. Jesus granted them the mercy of healing. I am out of time today, but I will continue next week.
Word for Today: "The Power Of Blessing"
And God “Blessed” them and said, “Be Fruitful, and Multiply, and Replenish the Earth and Subdue It.” This means they had the Power of the Blessing to be Fruitful. They were empowered to produce in great quantities, copiousness and so on. God gave man His Word, “Be Fruitful.” He gave man the Power to be Fruitful. He gave man the Authority to be Fruitful. He gave man the Ability to be Fruitful. He gave man the Responsibility to be Fruitful. He gave man the permission to be Fruitful. God has anointed us to be Fruitful because of the Blessing in our lives. God expects us to be Fruitful.