God Reaches In Mercy

The one true God is indeed a merciful God, extending His mercy toward us who deserve no mercy. And, despite the idea of some people that God is displayed only as an angry God in the Old Testament, if one reads carefully they will see many mentions and occurrences of His mercy.
God Reaches In Mercy
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One of these days, God willing, I would like to write an article to show that the God of the Old Testament is the exact same God of the New Testament. In no way does the Holy Bible present a dualistic God. He is One.

While God displays many acts of judgment in the Old Testament, His love, longsuffering, and His mercy are evident throughout those Holy Scriptures. A beautiful example is found in Psalm 146:7c-9 where it is noted that YHVH God does five things. Since there are five things mentioned there, I have to think about there being five

fingers on a hand. So I see in this passage that God reaches in mercy in the following ways, the first three being representative of how He can correct the affects of sin in a person’s life.

I. Frees Prisoners  7c

For this thought it is good to see some of the preceding context, and it would be great to read the entire psalm which has only ten verses. Here is part of the context starting at verse 5 for the third phrase of verse 7, (what I designate as “7c”): “Happy is he that has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in YHVH his God, 6  who made heaven and earth, the sea and all that therein is, who keeps truth for ever; 7  who executes judgment for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry; YHVH looses the prisoners.”--KJ21*

It is great to have God as our help and hope, but it is a sad fact that this is all that God is to some people. God desires us to have a relationship with Him. That can only come about when one surrenders to the finished work of Christ for the salvation that each of us needs. The Holy Spirit could have simply said through the psalmist, “Happy is he that has God for his help.” Instead, it says “the God of Jacob.” Jacob learned through various trials that God not only wanted to be his helper, but also wanted to be his Father. By developing a relationship with God, Jacob went from being a deceiver to one who was led by God’s Spirit and had a sure hope that God would do what He said he would do.

The psalmist continues with pointing out that God is the Creator and that He keeps (preserves, guards, etc. {1}) truth forever. The oppressed get their needful justice and food is provided food for the hungry (But it is limited for reasons I note in section V). These statements showing the power of God add to the point of the next phrase, “YHVH looses the prisoners.”

Everyone is a prisoner before they surrender to Christ. They might not know it, but they are enslaved to sin. It does not matter what the sin is. We are sinners by nature and though we think we are in charge we are actually doing the bidding of our sin nature and often at “the drumbeat of the world.”

Following sin imprisons us. We keep making wrong choices until we might see no way out of a situation, or that the way out is another wrong choice. And, by the way, you CAN choose {2}.

Now, think of what the Word of God just said. Happy is the man that has the God of Jacob (Jacob started off being a deceiver) as his help and hope, God Who created all things. If God is powerful enough to create all things He is certainly powerful enough to free you or I from the grips of sex, drugs, greed, depression or whatever plagues us.

But He frees us so we will not return to those things, or anything else, that would enslave us. He can free  us from sin and its effects because through His Son He paid the penalty for our sin and destroyed our sin nature. As Christ Himself said (John 8:36), “He whom the Son sets free is free indeed.”


II. Opens The Eyes Of The Blind  8a

“YHVH opens the eyes of the blind: . . .”

What I have just written above, which is heavily supported by Holy Scripture, is hidden to many who do not have Christ as their Savior. Also hidden are the multitude of blessings that awaits anyone who in faith surrenders to, and remains surrendered to, Christ.

Many things are hidden to us about our sins before we come to Christ. Even if we feel we are “a good” person (compared to others) most do not know they are part of the darkness of the world (Ephesians 5:8 NKJ, KJ21, YLT, Williams, et al.). Unknown to many is that sin is contagious (Haggai 2:11-13. And not necessarily replicating the same exact sin.). Even secret sins affect others. The list can go on.

Then, there are the blessings that await those that come to Him through Christ, and I can attest to the fact they are many and there are new ones all the time. One of the first things I noticed when I came to Christ and my spiritual eyes were opened was that the Holy Bible really came to life. There was also the precious presence of Christ, and the moving and direction of the Holy Spirit upon one’s life. And when Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would show things to come to those who have Christ residing within (John 16:13), I have found in my over forty decades walk in Him he meant more than end times matters. They can be very personal things, things to direct the true disciple in evangelism, and more.

Then there is the level of discernment each Christian has. While there is the gift of discerning of spirits (1 Corinthians 12:10), every true disciple in Christ can and should discern, as permitted by the Holy Spirit, events that will occur as well as conditions that exist (Matthew 7:16, 1 Corinthians 2:14, et al.).

 

III. Raises Those Who Are Bowed Down  8b

“ . . . YHVH raises them that are bowed down: . . . “

When someone is bowed down it is often difficult for them to look up. Bowed down also implies a fixation to the things of this world. One who is bowed down has their spine curved and they are not upright. The same happens in the spiritual man of a person. The weight of sin and the sin nature distorts the image of God that we are made in.

However, thanks to the vicarious life of Christ, His finished work upon the cross, His resurrection and ascension we have forgiveness of sins and newness of life in Him. By His grace we are granted authority to become a child of God (John 1:12), and we are to cooperate with that grace, spiritually maturing in Him.

Trouble can make us bowed down too. This article was composed during the tenth anniversary of hurricane Katrina and there was a picture on the Internet of a room full of people who had been


adversely affected by the storm. No doubt many, if not all, pictured had lost their homes. Almost every one of them had their face downward. The magnitude of their affliction was emotionally weighing them down.

There was at least one good thing about that picture, though. There were a number of people with the same type of problems in the same room. None would think they were the only one with that tragedy. However, many times trouble occurs to people and they do think that they are the only one going through what they are experiencing. Regardless, God wants to be their Friend and lift them up.

This is another good reason, though not the main reason, for one to make Christ their Savior and King. If you will let Him, He will strengthen you before, during, and after a troublesome time in your life. As you grow in Christ you will learn to be able to be upright, physically, spiritually, and emotionally, as you experience various troubles.


IV. Loves The Righteous  8c

“. . . YHVH loves the righteous.”

Sure God loves everyone, but there is a certain type of love reserved for those that are redeemed {3}. This should not seem odd to us because we do the same thing. Certainly most people reading this love their neighbors, but they have a different and stronger type of love for their own family.

Titus 3:4 points to the fact that the fellowship type of love has been offered from God to all. The only way to be in fellowship with Him is to be righteous. The only way to be righteous is to be fully surrendered to the redemption provided to us by God through Christ.

 

V.  Cares  9

After reading verse 9 one might wonder then why is the world in such rough shape. Strangers, whether it be the unredeemed or redeemed, are mistreated. Orphans and widows are suffering. The wicked are having their way in the world at the moment. It is so because much of the world chooses to be far away from the true God. It is also so because we are at the end of the Gentile Age.

A. Watching and preserving

“YHVH preserves the strangers, . . .”

I can see two groups in this term “strangers,” the person one does not know and the true Christians who are not part of this world. As noted above, it seems that not much watching and preserving is being done, but when it comes to the redeemed we see them being spiritually preserved, just like their spiritual ancestors in the Holy Bible. We lose our jobs, homes, freedoms, our lives and so on, but we hold fast to Eternal Life.

B. Relieves 

“. . . He relieves the fatherless and the widow; . . .”

Again, at this time, more relief is found for orphans and widows in the Kingdom of God, and especially within the true Body of Christ. Caring for widows and orphans is a mark of religion that is pure and undefiled before God. As a side note, that means the Jehovah Witnesses (The Watchtower Society), are not the pure and undefiled religion in the eyes of God.
 
C. Will turn the way of the wicked upside down

“. . .  but the way of the wicked He turns upside down.”

As stated at the start of this section, the preceding blessings contained in verse 9 are currently limited because most of the world has rejected Christ, God’s remedy for its sin and we are currently at the end of the Gentile Age. Being at the end of the Gentile Age explains in part why wickedness is on the increase. The world is about to enter the time when “no man can work,” that is, the Body of Christ will be extremely limited in what it can do {4}.

Compared to other periods of time in history this time of darkness will not last long. What will follow it will be the reign of Christ on earth for 1,000 years (See Revelation 20). It will be during Christ’s Millennial Reign that verse 9 will come into full force.

Enjoy The Mercy Of God

In Psalm 146:7c-9 we have seen five aspects of the wonderful mercy of God. This should encourage anyone to make Christ King in their life by making a full surrender to Him. In so doing, you will be blessed not only now, but throughout eternity if you remain in Him, for verse 10 states, “YHVH shall reign for ever, even Thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise YHVH!”

Notes:

{1} From an electronic version of Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance by James Strong incorporated in the Online Bible program, and so throughout the article whenever the ancient language is referred to and no other authority is cited.

{2} Please see http://thesureword.expertscolumn.com/article/you-can-choose-choose-wisely .

{3} Please see http://relijournal.com/christianity/the-double-love-of-god/ .

{4} Please also http://relijournal.com/christianity/what-to-do-during-the-night-when-no-man-can-work/

This article was in the form of a sermon (message) outline with comments. God willing by October 20, 2015 (hopefully much sooner), you should be able to hear the actual message (sermon) by selecting a link at http://www.sapphirestreams.com/life/audioM.html#M376 .

Unless otherwise noted all Holy Scripture is from the 1769 Authorized Version with spelling of some words updated for our time in addition to changing LORD to YHVH as it rightly should be when the text so indicates. An * next to the abbreviation for another translation or version indicates the same for the text presented.

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Article Written By BrotherPete

I am a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, having served over forty years as a pastor. I graduated from Northeast Bible College of Green Lane Pennsylvania and have a Bachelors Degree in Bible. I am enthused about the Word of God and how it can make a positive change in the life of anyone once it is teamed up with faith and the Holy Spirit. I am happily married. Visit www.sapphirestreams.com.

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  • nbillett  28-12-2016
    When we realize that there is a place for everyone in the present world and that God directs everything for the benefit of all, we see things as God does and are perfect as the Father is perfect.
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  • rubyhawk  08-09-2015

    I don't believe there is a God, but there are many forces in the universe that we have no knowledge of.

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  • think  05-09-2015


    Nice article.

     

    GOD fulfilled his responsibilities. Mercifully supporting us and putting on the right path, GOD manages to enlighten us. Unfortunately, we do not follow that path.

     

    1. GOD brings the rules of forgiveness. Jesus commands to love thy neighbor. How many humans really care for their neighbors today this way? Hardly 1%

     

    2. GOD seems believer of non violence. Old Testament says - Thou shall not kill and New Testament says - Those who live by the sword shall die by the sword. We, the so called Children of GOD are exact opposite. That's why we waged World Wars.

     

    GOD wants us to convert this Earth to Heaven so that we do not have to die to reach heaven. We are converting this Earth to hell and hoping to get the heaven for sending someone else to hell.

     

    Anyways, a nice article.

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