God’s MERCY- Day 13
“But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever.”
Psalms 52:8 NKJV
“Oh, give thanks to the God of heaven! For His mercy endures forever.”
Psalms 136:26 NKJV
The mercy of God is a boundless ocean, an endless wellspring of compassion that flows from the very heart of our Creator held in the balance of His grace and goodness. This attribute lifts us from the depths of our mistakes and washes away the stains of our transgressions. It is a gift beyond measure, a lifeline for the weary soul, and a testament to His infinite love.
In times of darkness, when we feel lost in the shadows of our own imperfections, God’s mercy shines as a radiant beacon of hope. A gentle hand that lifts us up when we stumble, the warm embrace that welcomes us back when we wander, and the forgiving voice that whispers, “You are loved, and you are forgiven.”
When we consider the story of the prodigal son, a beautiful parable that describes the mercy of God. Despite the son’s reckless choices, his father’s arms were wide open, ready to receive him with love, forgiveness, and celebration. Just like a reflection of God’s mercy in our lives – an ever-present invitation to return, no matter how far we’ve strayed.
God’s mercy is not a one-time offer; it’s a continuous outpouring. No matter how many times we falter, God’s mercy is there, offering us a fresh start. Our past does not define us, and our mistakes do not have the final say!!
God’s mercy offers us forgiveness for our sins and mistakes, heals us emotionally, spiritually, even physically and also allow us to experience a close, intimate connection.
In the Old Testament, specifically in the book of Exodus (Exodus 25:17-22), God commanded Moses to create a special covering for the Ark of the Covenant, known as the Mercy Seat. This seat was made of pure gold and placed on top of the Ark, which contained the stone tablets with the Ten Commandments, symbolizing God’s covenant with His people.
The Mercy Seat was the place where the High Priest, once a year on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), would enter the Holy of Holies, the innermost sanctuary of the Tabernacle or later the Temple. The High Priest would sprinkle the blood of a sacrificial animal on the Mercy Seat, seeking forgiveness for the sins of the people and symbolizing the covering of their transgressions by the blood of the sacrifice.
“who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”
I Peter 2:10 NKJV
The Mercy Seat on the Ark was also the symbol of God’s presence, His forgiveness, and the bridge between humanity’s imperfections and God’s holiness.
It showed God’s willingness to forgive, His desire for relationship with His people, and His provision for redemption. The blood on the Mercy Seat was a foreshadowing of the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ, who became the perfect and eternal High Priest and the sacrificial Lamb, offering His own blood for the forgiveness of sins.
“For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another—”
Hebrews 9:24-25 NKJV
God’s holiness and justice are balanced by His deep compassion and desire to extend mercy to those who come to Him with a repentant heart.
Merciful God, full of compassion and grace, I thank you for Your unfailing love and goodness towards me. I thank you for the work of Jesus in reconciling us, let your purpose be established in my life. In Jesus name Amen
The New Testament affirms the fulfillment of the Mercy Seat in Jesus Christ. In Hebrews 4:16, it says, “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
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