Blessed Are the Merciful
July 14, 2013 Speaker: Series: Blessed
Topic: Beatitudes Verse: Exodus 34:6–34:7
“Blessed Are the Merciful”
Pastor Corrie Gustafson | 07.14.2013
Merciful: the Character of God
The Lord passed before him, and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for the thousandth generation, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin...(NRSV) Exodus 34:6-7
Mercy leads to healing: Jesus’ unmatchable power.
See: Matthew 9:27-30; 17:14-18; 20:29-34; Luke 17: 11-19
Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.” Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said. He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. ”Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment. Matthew 15:21-28
So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith...There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Mercy leads to belonging: Jesus makes strangers and enemies into a people.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but not you have received mercy.
1 Peter 2: 9-10
See also Romans 11:30-32
Mercy leads to freedom: Jesus sets us free from slavery to sin and death.
For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Hebrews 2:17
Such a high priest truly meets our need-one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day...He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself. Hebrews 7:2-27
Mercy leads to mercy: Jesus is our example.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Matthew 5:7