MAY 03, 2021

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David the great psalmist mentions some of God’s many attributes in Psalm 145 and these include grace, compassion, perseverance and great mercy. In verse 9 of the Psalm he testifies:

The Lord is good to all and

his tender mercies are over all

his works

Paul the Apostle also affirms that God is rich in mercy, Eph. 2:4. And for good reason. Were God to be a human judge He would have sentenced Paul to a miserable prison term, and spiritual death, on account of his destructive opposition to Jesus and His ministry but he received mercy, 1 Tim. 1:12 & 13.


God showed mercy to Paul because his sinful opposition to the gospel was done in ignorance. He thought he was defending the Jewish religion against Jesus and his “co-rebels,” But He got it all wrong and he later regretted his actions. Act. 26:9-11.

However, not every sinner receives pardon. God’s amazing goodwill and honour to Eli, making him to serve as priest 1 Sam. 2:27-28, but he stupidly allowed his sons to dececrate the alter, 1 Sam. 2:12-17; 22-25.

To make matters worse when God confided His decision to punish Eli he did not ask for mercy, 1 Sam. 3:11-14. When the punishment came it was severe, Eli and his sons perished 1 Sam. 4:12-18.


The case of king Saul was a particularly bad one. When the children of Israel insisted on having a king to rule over them, given their unhappy experience with their judges, Samuel’s sons God reluctantly agreed to give them one, 1 Sam. 8:1-7.

And the appointee was Saul, 1 Sam. 9:15 & 16. By his own admission Saul really did not qualify to be elected king since he came from the smallest tribe in Israel and the least of all the families in that tribe, verse 21. Yet God honoured him, 1 Sam. 10:1.

But in the course of his reign he did not consistently obey God, a situation which was to Him, offensive and intolerable. God deprived Saul of His spirit, his presence and eventually his throne and life. He did not show mercy,

Can a sinner expect mercy?

David was the youth who, without military experience, confronted and defeated Israel’s formost enemy Goliath of Gath, for daring to challenge the armies of the living God, 1 Sam. 17:36. Yet as king he broke the Law, Ex. 20:13&14 and God cursed him such that he spent the rest of his days mostly in adversity. Even then he ultimately received mercy. Why? God probably remembered his faithful service to Him, his refusal to take revenge on his relentless adversary king Saul twice, on the grounds that he was the anointed of God. The honour was to God and not to Saul 1 Sam. 24:3-6, 1 Sam. 26:7-9. Moreover, he repented genuinely to the extent that the heart of God must have been touched, Ps. 22 & Ps. 51.

He was severely punished but God saved his soul, Rev. 22:16.


It is not just individuals who benefits from God’s tender mercy but nations and, indeed, the entire human race. God’s message to the people Nineveh portend one thing – total destruction for their sin. And Jonah the Prophet expected nothing else but the people,  king and all,  repented and, to the disappointment of Jonah God, the merciful, granted them reprieve, Jonah 3:4-10, Jonah 4:1-3.


As for the human race, the work of God’s hand, He cursed Adam and Eve when they allowed satan to deceive them and He drove them out of the Garden of Eden, Gen. 3:23&24. But then he did not totally abandon them and their seed. He sent his begotten son, Jesus Christ to redeem them. He had the option to amply destroy but He never took that option, John 3:16&17. Rather He allowed representatives of sinful humanity to shed the blood of His son so that they would have a chance of returning to the heavenly Eden if they believe in Him, Rom. 3:23-25





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