Two other thoughts fill the mind as we bring this message to a close. This is a factor also because some people would take pity on him but not the religious elite they would thumb their nose at him and his condition. He got something better. That was compassionate treatment of those who were in distress! Mercy is an attribute of God’s character. The events of the day of Pentecost are over God is continuing to work in a mighty way in and through the apostles and now Luke gives us the names of two apostles, Peter and John. And a man who had been lame from his mother’s womb was being carried along, whom they used to set down every day at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, in order to beg alms of those who were entering the temple. As we look at God’s mercy and how it is demonstrated to this man we will see a five qualities of mercy, The first is; Mercy is Impartial. Psa 86:6. We deserved Hell and yet He send His only begotten Son that we might go to Heaven one day. James Reaves Orthodox Christian Reformed Church of Kelowna, British Columbia Psalm 103:17 assures us that “The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him.” Those who receive God’s mercy in this world will have it forever. Mercy fuels compassion, providing promising glints of light in a darkened world. God did not just let mankind wallow in their sin and sinful condition. Stephen and Philip have very special and unique roles in God's plan for the spread of the gospel but Peter is who Luke highlights. Look with me at verse 2; “And a man who had been lame from his mother’s womb was being carried along, whom they used to set down every day at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, in order to beg alms of those who were entering the temple.” Now we get to see exactly why they were on their way to the temple on this very day and at this very time. Ralph Hall The Mercy of God It is eternal. Once again I must admit that it humbles me to preach the Word. Listen to it. The priest and Levite passed him by on the other side of the road, but the Samaritan had compassion on him bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. Of the sixty-six books of the Bible, only sixteen do not use one of these words for mercy. These two are seen together on more then one occasion. And he cried out, saying, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’ So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to Him. That is not what this means. This is a public act of worship on their part.         For His mercy endures forever; They would do this together and they wouldn't just do this on the ninth hour but they would do this continually. But God treated them compassionately, delivering them from Egypt and bringing them through the wilderness and settling them in the land of promise. No faith was required or demonstrated. “The Lord is merciful and gracious.” There is no question that God is merciful. as a command, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity of your love also. And all the people saw him walking and praising God; and they were taking note of him as being the one who used to sit at the Beautiful Gate of the temple to. God’s Mercy brings Spiritual Healing which is Expressed in Physical Praise, Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the ninth.         For His mercy endures forever.”. They refused to obey, and they were not mindful of Your wonders that You did among them. “Seek the Lord while He may be found. To Him who struck down great kings, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail. MEPHIBOSHETH - TOUCHED BY GOD'S MERCY. And the tongue of the mute will shout for joy. God is the Father of mercy and is rich in mercy toward Himself. Paul gives a good picture of this in Ephesians 2:1-10. Mercy.         For His mercy endures forever; It also tells us God is rich in mercy.         For His mercy endures forever; God Incarnate came to an afflicted woman, freely, of His own accord, in His own time, according to His mercy and infallible judgment. It’s not as if the devil sent the flood but God sent the rainbow. They are to strike wonder and amazement in the hearts of those who witness these incredible. The Israelites didn't take care of their own. When Jesus asked, “Which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?”, He was answered, “He who showed mercy on him.”. May we have it straight in our minds! And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.”. God’s mercy was illustrated every year on the Day of Atonement, when the high priest entered the Holiest Place and sprinkled the blood of the sacrifice before the mercy seat (Leviticus 16:14). And as we have looked at the inception of the church we have examined the essential elements that make a healthy church and we have even looked at how God has broken down barriers within the church. But Peter said, “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—walk!”. When Mercy is demonstrated the mercy shown provides a sense of relief in this man’s heart. Rev. On top of the ark is the mercy seat, flanked on either end by two cherubim (Ex. Why would God be angry with those in distress? Song: Your grace and mercy brought me through … THE TENDER MERCIES OF GOD Ps 145:8-11 8 The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. He was so bad off that others had to bring him to the temple. Truly Election is supported by this sermon from the scriptures, as God calls his chosen to come to him and we become his sons and daughters even though we are not truly acceptable in ourselves, just like Mephibosheth. Let us now fall into the hand of the, for His mercies are great, but do not let me fall into the hand of man.”. This video reminds us that Jesus lifts our burdens from us, and that all we need to do is rely on Him for our strength and peace. Listen to how the Bible speaks to us about this. The mercy of God is great! This is more then likely an entrance to the temple since he is begging alms from those who are entering the temple. He is not merciful to all sinners; some perish and spend eternity in hell. 8-23-92 10:50 a.m. Eleven sermons have I prepared and delivered on the first chapter of the Book of Romans [Romans 1:1-32].. And we now enter the second chapter and it reads like this, Romans, chapter 2: He was … Another thing about God’s mercy is that it is everlasting. choice they are beloved for the sake of the fathers; for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. II. Do they not blaspheme the fair name by which you have been called? A man, who was born paralyzed without the ability to walk was placed at the gate. If we use the definition of mercy as “compassionate treatment of those who are in distress,” what is so distressful about us? In Luke 6:36, our Lord tells us straightforwardly, “Be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.” That makes very clear our need to be merciful. There is the main gate people would take to go in.         For His mercy endures forever; It … Another illustration of God’s mercy is found in Matthew 18:23–27. The Lord has acts of mercy, but the Bible says that the Lord is mercy. May God grant us the grace to do so. May we not forget to love mercy and practice it. In mercy God sent messengers to rescue Lot and his family. The beggar notices them but when he asks for the alms he asks with his head down, he is not looking in their eyes. We deserve judgment, but God gives us mercy. "Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship." It seems as though they are taking advantage of the stipulation in Deuteronomy where God tells the nation to take care of the poor. So he looks up at them. 9 The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works. First the man didn't just try to get up but was forced up by Peter. All content © 2006-, United Reformed Church of Burlington, Washington • 778 North Burlington Boulevard, Burlington, WA  98233 • (360) 757-4620 III.         For His mercy endures forever; A third way that we see God’s mercy demonstrated in this passage, is there in verse 21 where God sent Elisha directly to the source of pollution, to the spring, the fountain head, to cleanse the entire stream of water. We admire such acts of mercy. God … Sin causes great distress for us; it angers God, and our only hope is found in God’s mercy and readiness to treat sinners compassionately. It's what saves the sinner, the mercy of God. Mercy is an attribute of God’s character. We have it here in Psalm 103:8. Forsake your sinful ways and return to the Lord. Luke description of the man's ability doesn't stop with the strengthening of the feet and ankles but continues to his actions in response to the strengthening of his feet and ankles. Nehemiah comments on this in Nehemiah 9:16 & 17, “But…our fathers acted proudly, hardened their necks, and did not heed Your commandments. Mercy and Grace—huge concepts for Christians and a foundational part of who God is. Thus, God is tenderly affected toward Himself as the highest good, and constantly wills Himself to be most blessed, glorious and happy! Think about it when kids learn how to walk, it takes time they have to figure out how to put one foot in front of the other and they are still weak so they fall. God has morning mercies. I want to talk to you about the mercy of God in: I. Peter and John both stop and stair at him intently and what they say to the beggar is very telling. Eph 2:2. We say that mercy is a very wonderful thing. . He had no wheelchair, crutches couldn't help him. His mercy is at work in man’s salvation and bringing Himself glory. This audio sermon and transcript looks at 'The Mercy Of God', and is from the ministry of David Legge, a Christian preacher and Bible teacher from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Text:  Psalm 103:8 Mercy is a beautiful characteristic because mercy doesn’t look down on someone but helps bring the other up. Now the men meet one another for the first time. Mercy is Beautiful and Mercy also Removes shame and Guilt. Plenteous in mercy.' And made Israel pass through the midst of it, It is the mercy of God that is the tugboat that draws the sinner's foundering vessel into the arms of God. It is mercy. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.”. You are familiar with the story of how the man who went down the road from Jerusalem to Jericho was set upon by thieves who stripped him, wounded him and left him half dead. Ian Harris The Mercy of God Let me give you one reason for this and an application. Joyce Meyer (December-20-2020) Watch Sermon: The View Of Mercy. The sun is not so full of light as God is of mercy. And hearing a multitude passing by, he asked what it meant. 10 All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee. This was more then likely the gate that separated the court of the gentiles from the court of the women. He sought her out just as He did the helpless demoniac. Charles Andrews The Mercy of God The two were close friends and worked together to spread the gospel and worked together to help one another grow in their own walk with the Lord. ” A soul searching message. That is what mercy is. The story of Mephibosheth is a compelling story draped in mercy. So he would be brought to the temple and fall on the mercy of men going into worship God in the temple. God has morning mercies. It is the “ninth hour, the hour of prayer.” The ninth hour is 3:00 p.m. and this is the time of the evening sacrifices. This is the characteristic of God has always been a mark of salvation, it is God’s mercy. If you want to see God’s greatest act of mercy, stand before the cross of Jesus and see Him offering up His only Son to deliver sinners from their distress. And Isaiah encourages the nation to care for the poor in Isaiah 58:10-11; And satisfy your desire in scorched places.         For His mercy endures forever; Featuring a sermon puts it on the front page of the site and is the most effective way to bring this sermon to the attention of thousands including all mobile platforms + newsletter. We should rather rejoice that it flows so widely and so deep. He knows how to make miracles out of our mistakes. This is not the most respected means of making a living and what kind of a living is this. your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess. Psalm 136 sings of God’s mercy like no other Psalm, and refers to repeated demonstrations of God’s mercy to the children of Israel. Mercy is the compassionate treatment of those who are in distress. He isn't faking it this is not just a ploy to make money it is shameful to the point he can't even look up to ask for the money. We also need to keep in mind a man like this was looked down on as being a sinner or the son of a sinner because for the man to be in the condition he is in and since it was from the time he was born then God was punishing him or his parents for some heinous sin. It falleth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath. It was four fault. In another place, the Lord gives us a simple command to be merciful: “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” … “When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, the priests stood in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites, the sons of Asaph, with cymbals to praise the Lord, according to the ordinance of David, king of Israel. Why have these stories been recorded? A heritage to Israel His servant, Solomon, who is the wealthiest man alive, says this in Proverbs 14:19-20; And the wicked at the gates of the righteous. It is not in Peter's power but in the power and the name that is above every name, Jesus Christ. Stephen and Philip are also added to the mix but the focus of the first ten or so chapters is on Peter, his actions and his sermons. We need mercy. And notice what verse 8 says: "The Lord is merciful." God's mercy is an overflowing mercy; it is infinite. The next element that is unique here in this verse is the mention of who is with Peter. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. Peter tells him, "I do not possess sliver and gold, but what I do have I give to you." Featuring a sermon puts it on the front page of the site and is the most effective way to bring this sermon to the attention of thousands including all mobile platforms + newsletter. The mercy of God is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him, so that there never was a time when God did not burn with desire to deliver and bless His children! God in His mercy brought His people all the way through from Egypt to their own homeland, and it was a work of His mercy all the way. We have been looking at the inception of the church. This text opens up in Psalm 103 and says, "Bless the Lord. These men are going to the temple for the purpose of worship and they have gone to the temple to worship before but now as they go to the temple after the coming of the Holy Spirit they are going with a different feeling and an overwhelming understanding of what it means to feel and experience the mercy of God because they have felt it in a most powerful way. That is what Peter offers him, he offers the man the ability to walk. It blesses him who gives and him who takes.” Whatever else might be said for or against Shakespeare, he had the truth about mercy straight. Federated with the United Reformed Churches of North America And he is not only a God of uncompromising justice, thankful as we are that he is. Hope for Backsliders. … In verses 3-5 we find out what happens when mercy finds this poor man. He recognize were the miracle comes from and who did the work here and so did all those who saw him walking and leaping and praising God. But just as you abound in everything, in faith and utterance and knowledge and in all earnestness and in the love we inspired in you. so these also now have been disobedient, that because of the mercy shown to you they also may now be shown mercy. Lam 3:33. The first reference to the mercy of God in the Bible is in connection with the rescue of Lot and his family from Sodom and Gomorrah. Again we see compassionate treatment of those in distress. Mercy is of the divine essence: there is no God apart from his heart, and mercy lies in the heart of God. This guys doesn't fall this guy leaps and praises God. When the women come back and tell the disciples Jesus has risen from the grave who are the two that go, Peter and John. To Him who divided the Red Sea in two, Featuring a sermon puts it on the front page of the site and is the most effective way to bring this sermon to the attention of thousands including all mobile platforms + newsletter. It has to be within God's will. God was using this guy to draw people to Himself and that is what the signs and wonders are for. Rev. rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? It is very possible these two were very close friends. The best way to understand and appreciate God’s mercy is to observe it in action. . Now they are going to be the vessels of God’s mercy onto a man who has in this community been written off. And God, in mercy and pity for us, became one of us, incarnate [ John 1:14], in the life of His Son, and He knows our weaknesses and our sins. Listen to the psalmist as he sings about it: “To Him who struck Egypt in their firstborn, She is the leader of Joyce Meyer Ministries worldwide. From the standpoint of the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but from the standpoint of. Our questions are answered in Hebrews 8:12 where God says “I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Our sin is what puts us in distress. Why is God’s mercy so often spoken of in connection with his slowness to anger? to give them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. What a marvelous blessing it is! Proverbs 3:3 says, “Let not mercy and truth forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” Micah 6:8 asks, “What does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” Let me not leave out the closing words of the parable of the Good Samaritan, where Jesus asked the inquiring lawyer, “which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” The lawyer rightly replied, “He who showed mercy on him.” “Then Jesus said to him, ‘Go and do likewise.’”, As Christians we simply must be merciful if at all possible. It is possible he is living from house to house and it is obvious this man can't take care of himself. It isn't until Peter and John call for his attention that he looks up at them. Plenteous in mercy.' For waters will break forth in the wilderness. 4 But Peter, along with John, fixed his gaze on him and said, “Look at us!” 5 And he began to give them his attention, expecting to receive something from them.”. But overthrew Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea, THE TENDER MERCIES OF GOD Ps 145:8-11 8 The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. At this very place, at the mercy seat, God meets His people. Call upon Him while He is near.         For His mercy endures forever; Who decides? The heart is the seat and centre of life, and mercy is to God … Now the Lord does show mercy. Indeed, let God be praised for His great mercy. Their very lives were at stake. Then there was another gate called the Nicanor gate which lead from the court of the women to the court of the Israelites. God did not just let mankind wallow in their sin and sinful condition. We saw this in the last chapter and we will see this again in this chapter as well as the next chapter. It is a greater need than any other. One, of course, is His person-who He is. Have you experienced this mercy? This is a common occurrence in ancient Israel. From this story we understand immediately that mercy is giving compassionate treatment to those in distress. The mercy of God, as a precious gem, has many facets. Now consider and see what answer I shall return to Him who sent me.”, Then David said to Gad, “I am in great distress. 1 Chronicles 21:13 tells us that “his mercy is very great.” Nehemiah 9:31 speaks of “your great mercy.” Luke 1:78 tells us that Christ came because of the “tender mercies” of our God. It is to be looked upon by God, not as we deserve to be looked upon, but looked upon favourably. Now that the church in the book of Acts has been established we are going to see this morning through the work of two of the apostles of the crowning characteristics of God that has never changed but is being fully realized through the church. Mercy is good and we take heart when the Bible tells us that God is merciful. This is the mercy place of God. A messenger of the divine mercy, a spokesman for the suffering Son of God. Anyone who asks for charity usually asks with shame. The reason Christianity must build our lifestyle on God’s mercy in Jesus Christ is that the whole point of Christianity is to glorify the mercy of God in Christ. It is at the cross, as Psalm 85:10 expresses it, “Mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed.” And now because of the death of Jesus on the cross, God can be merciful to us and deliver us from our sins, giving us new life. Mercy chooses not to be offended, and compassionately sees a hurting heart behind hurtful words. You could say this is the forgiveness place of God. Not that we have repented but even while we were sinners He poured His grace over us. He is seeking charity looking for a hand out. The court of the gentiles is were Jesus went in and cleared out all the tables and the sellers of sacrifices. Because without it, we can never ever come close to God – we can never ever seek his face, we can never ever depend upon him and call him our Father. That raises some rather interesting questions. .God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense “I am a great sinner and that Christ is a great Savior." With a strong hand, and with an outstretched arm, Bless His holy name." The beggar notices Peter and John coming toward him and asks for alms. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich. As we look at one of the first recorded miracles the apostles performed we will see something important about God’s mercy. The mercy of the heart of God is, of course, the mercy of his great tenderness, the mercy of his infinite gentleness and consideration; but other thoughts also come forth from the expression, like bees from a hive. On that occasion, God passed by Moses on the mountain, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands.” The Psalmist is simply repeating what was revealed then. Peter and John were going to the temple. Let God be praised for His great mercy! It is because of God’s mercy mixed with His grace that man has been spiritually healed. Scripture Reading: Psalm 103 Text: Psalm 103:8 Sermon by Rev. But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and strife and disputes about the Law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. Seek the Lord! Immeasurable, unlimited, eternal, stretching from age to age. Beautiful sermon of the mercy of God to sinners! She is a New York Times bestselling author, and her books have helped millions of people find hope and restoration through Jesus Christ. In verse 1 Luke provides the setting. And when he had come near, He asked him, saying, ‘What do you want Me to do for you?’ He said, ‘Lord, that I may receive my sight.’ Then Jesus said to him, ‘Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.’ And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God. Scholar’s are not sure which gate this is. In addition it can be said that mercy is one of those things we can do for the good of ourselves. God, seeing us in our sin and misery, seeing us in our condemnation, acted mercifully by sending His only Son to rescue us. 9 The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works. PASTOR ENOCH ADEBOYE: Memorise: “Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed; thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation” (Exo 15:13). Israel had been in great distress in Egypt, forced into slavery by the Egyptians. That’s mercy, and God is merciful. “ Great Sermon! He will have mercy. I move on now to the reflection of God’s mercy, reminding you again of our need to bear God’s image in a darkened world. This doesn't mean that once you pray something and add Jesus' name at the end of it the prayer has to come true. Elisha threw the salt into the spring, to affect the whole stream of water. This mercy of God cannot be abused by asking Him to have mercy and sinning again and again since we dearly love that sin.This action of ours is like asking our Lord to suffer the torments of hell again and again for that sin. We exist to put the glory of God’s mercy in Christ on display. Remember, in the first section we said God offers a pardon even though He knows of our guilt. Reject a factious man after a first and second warning. He has bound up his mercy with his existence; as surely as God lives, he will grant remission of sins to those who turn unto him. We sinners need mercy from God, and Isaiah tells us how to seek it by seeking God, calling upon Him, forsaking our sinful ways and turning to the Lord. To Him who led His people through the wilderness, And seizing him by the right hand, he raised him up; and immediately his feet and his ankles were strengthened. There is something to be said about the fact that these two men were together. My text is Psalm 103:8, “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in mercy.”. These people are cruel and heartless. But you have dishonored the poor man. Let me take a moment to show you how Scripture couples God’s mercy with slowness to anger. in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit. Verse 3 reads “When he was Peter and John about to go into the temple, he began asking to receive alms. But he doesn't get what he expected. And gave their land as a heritage, He writes here that Peter 'seizing him by the right hand, he raised him up; and immediately his feet and his ankles were strengthened' which seems to indicate two things. Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world. Its manifestations; and There are a couple of gates in the temple. The mercy of God involves the following seven things. Rich in mercy.' © Burlington United Reformed Church; The Preacher, Vol. Romans 9:18 answers, “He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens.” It sounds very much as if God decides within Himself and pleases Himself on the matter. God had compassion on them and rescued them from their distress. God's mercy is a monumental theme in Scripture, the English word appearing some 341 times in the Bible. If you have not, listen to Isaiah as he tells you how to receive it, in Isaiah 55:6 & 7. Yes the name of Jesus has power but the power is from God through the work of the Holy Spirit that is God's will for the person and persons. Entrust Yourself to Mercy. For just as you once were disobedient to God, but now have been shown mercy because of their disobedience.         For His mercy endures forever; First, the judgment and the mercy both come from God. James Reaves “The Lord is merciful and gracious.” There is no question that God is merciful. But You are God, ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abundant in kindness, and did not forsake them.” That demonstrates again the reach of God’s mercy and the distance He will go to be merciful to His people. … So they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. 34:6 NKJV). What we need to do now is to remember the distress we are all brought to because of our sins, for we are all sinners who come short of the glory of God. . Romans 2:1-20. This is the characteristic of God has always been a mark of salvation, it is God’s mercy. 1 Chronicles 21:13 tells us that “his mercy is very great.” Nehemiah 9:31 speaks of “your great mercy.” Luke 1:78 tells us that Christ came because of the “tender mercies” of our God. God gets angry with sin because it is disobedience to His will and a denial of His goodness. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. 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