WHAT IS MERCY?
BY: ELAINE COOK
Some years ago, the Lord brought the book “What the Bible Teaches About Mercy” by Rex Andrews into our lives. It told about the mercy found in the Psalms, in the Law, in the Prophets, and in the ancient Worship. We studied it for several years and were greatly blessed and uplifted by it. In hearing from the brethren, we know that the Lord is now saying to us all: “Go and learn what this means, I will have mercy and not sacrifice.”
Like Brother Andrews, we probably think we know all about mercy, for it is a common word. He shares: “After seven lost, hopeless years away from God, the Lord came to me when there was nothing left — utterly nothing. And He showed me what His mercy really is by doing it in me and to me and through me. He revealed its true meaning on the earth, and in the heavens, and in eternity. It never occurred to me that I would ever teach it or preach it. Likewise, it never occurred to me that anyone — least of all, Christians — would contest, disdain, or react against such simple and absolutely fundamental truth.
“The Holy Spirit gave me this definition, ‘MERCY is God’s supply system for every need everywhere. Mercy is that kindness, compassion and tenderness, which is a passion to suffer with, or participate in, another’s ills or evils in order to relieve, heal and restore. It accepts another freely and gladly as he is and supplies the needed good of life to build up and to bring to peace and keep in peace. It is to take another into one’s heart just as he is and cherish and nourish him there. Mercy takes another’s sins and evils and faults as its own, and frees the other by bearing them to God. This is the Glow-of-love. This is the anointing. ‘
“The main Hebrew word translated ‘mercy’ is “HHESED”. In the New Testament, in many cases, the same Greek word is translated ‘Grace; The three English words used for ‘hhesed’ are: ‘Loving–kindness, Mercy, and Kindness, also merciful kindness.’ The word ‘mercy’ denotes an ardor of love to do good to some one. It is to mankind what the light and warmth of the sun’s rays are to the earth and the creatures in it. Human life would have no meaning without it and that is what is the matter with human beings: they do not ‘know.’
“Psalm 145:10 says, “All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord, and thy saints (thy mercy-ers) shall bless thee.” The root of the word ‘saints’ is the same as ‘hhesed’ -~ ‘mercy ‘, hence saints are doers of mercy. It could be said, ‘men of mercy ‘.
“The Hebrew word translated ‘mercy seat’ is ‘kapporet.’ It means; ‘a covering.’ Used only for the Mercy Seat, it distinguishes the Mercy Throne as a protective covering. The covering of the Ark of the Testimony was the place of the judgment-of-mercy for forgiveness of sin. It was the judgment throne of the Invisible One, Israel’s King. It was a throne of Mercy. Everything in the Law of Moses centered in that Mercy Seat. All the sacrifices had to do with that Mercy Seat within the veil. All the shedding of blood of offerings had to do with that one chief sprinkling of blood upon the Mercy Seat. The Ark and the Mercy Seat within the Holy of Holies was the symbol of the coming Word-made-flesh, Jesus Christ. The ‘blood of sprinkling, was the symbol of the Lamb of God who bears away the world’s sin. For everything here named there is one great descriptive term: MERCY.”
Does this help you to relate to what the Lord said that we are not only to enter in to the Feast of Tabernacles, or the realm of the Holiest of All, but we are to become what we see in that place! We are to become “mercy-ers” by nature even as the Lamb of God is Himself the seat of mercy, or the Mercy Seat of God! “…when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is” I John 3. We shall take on His true nature, and He says of Himself that He is merciful and His mercies endure forever! There is no end to His mercies!
Bear in mind the large block of gold that the Lord showed Martin Paulat was coming down. It was His nature and it was beyond any value earth could place upon it. Think of the “Mercy Seat”, made all of gold, the divine nature of God and know that He has called us to be “mercy-er” in the nature of the One Who rules from the Throne of the Mercy Seat!
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