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April 16, 2017, 3:17 PM

The Infinite Over Flowing Mercy


THE INFINITE

OVERFLOWING

MERCY

BY J.P. TIMMONS

April 15, 2017

 

 

“But if you had known what this

Means, ‘I desire mercy and not

Sacrifice,’ you would not have

Condemned the guiltless.”

Matthew 12:7

 

 

 

Today is Passover and during this particular Easter season the Lord has had me focused on mercy—both His mercy and the mercy, love and compassion that He commands us as His followers to have for others.

Yesterday, Good Friday as we refer to it here in America, is always a difficult day for me. It hurts me terribly to think about the torture that Jesus went through on His journey to the Cross. And even the night before the Scriptures portray a time of prayer and extreme anguish as the Lord Jesus prayed three times for the Father to “let this cup pass from me.”

As we meditate on these Scriptures over the years and study them in Greek as well as the history of the times, e.g., what was involved in His flogging before the Cross, we can better understand why even the Lord Himself had difficulty during this time.

Remember, and we see it throughout the Gospels, Jesus Himself prophesied His crucifixion even up to the night before. After all, His humanity was real and perhaps nowhere is it more on display than at the Garden of Gethsemane where the Scriptures relate that He told the disciples, “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak,” because He Himself was experiencing the weakness of the flesh in not wanting to go through the day ahead. The Word records Jesus’ words, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death.”

As I lay in the living room floor listening to anointed music and worshiping the Lord yesterday, the Spirit of the Lord came upon me for several hours and I began to weep about the mercy of God and how little we understand it. He has been teaching me about His mercy, love and compassion for several years now. After all, the main anointing on my life is judgment and judgment must be tempered by mercy.

And the Lord has been teaching me about mercy for decades because He Himself gave me a wife who He showed me is a “vessel of mercy.” So if we’re smart, we see the things God is doing in our lives and we pray into them to better understand why He is doing what He is doing. The Lord told my wife 20 years ago, “I married mercy and judgment to produce the child, Glory.” So He had a special purpose in our marriage.

In 2004 the Lord gave me a message I ministered at our church in Libby, Montana, titled: “The Power of Relationship.” I had shared with our congregation there an aspect of my various trips to Heaven and observing the activity in the Throne Room of God or in other instances, e.g., a meeting in a conference room. I had learned from these experiences that the most important thing to God is relationship. Does God want us to work for Him and do good things? Yes, of course. But as the key scripture for this blog shows, Jesus had difficulty making the Pharisees and religious leaders of His day understand the meaning of mercy and what the Lord requires of us. And we see this in many of His parables, e.g., the Good Samaritan, as well as confrontations that He had with them, e.g., the woman caught in the very act of adultery, over every day life in Judah.

So on this Passover day when we celebrate the ultimate mercy of both God the Father and Jesus, let’s get real about the meaning of mercy and the words from Matthew 12 Jesus quoted to the Pharisees. Do we understand the meaning of “I desire mercy and not sacrifice?”

As I wrote in “The High Calling of God” years ago in the chapter on Covenant, the Hebrew word, hesed,  translated mercy is a covenant term. Its meaning is essentially that if you and I are in covenant, I am obligated to do the very best for you that I can. And we see this principle throughout the Scriptures, e.g., Ephesians 3:20, and it demonstrates the power and importance of relationship through covenant.

If you are in the family of God then mercy is a part of you.  Jesus extended that mercy to you and brought you out of darkness and into his light.  It’s through his mercy that Heaven is populated.  Jesus extends that mercy to us new and fresh every morning as the word of God tells us.  Walk in covenant with God, walk in mercy.  Extend mercy to those in your world, love them, forgive them, show them Jesus.  Let’s populate Heaven together.

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