(This is the second submission from a paper presented to the Western Regional Pastors/
Professional Workers Conference in October. We invite your response. Pastor Stieve)
What are these about and what do they have in common?
“Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” – Cannonball Adderley
“Lord, have mercy” – many folks
“Mercy me” – slang expression
“Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy; Lord, have mercy” – the Church in worship
What distinguishes one from the others?
What is “A Theological ‘Rationale’ (reasoning, interpretation) for ‘Mercy’”?
God’s Word forms us
God’s Word informs us
God’s Word changes and moves us!
“Grace” = “Getting what you do not deserve”
“Mercy” = “Not getting what you do deserve”
The Sinner’s need for mercy:
1) “All … fall short of the glory of God”
2) “Wages of sin is death”
3) “… saved, through faith, not of works …”
4) “No one comes to the Father except through me”
Our needs – where do they come into consideration?
– how important are they in God’s plans & responses?
We love … He loved first - “God is Love” – His very essence
We give … He gave first - God is Owner – Lord – King
We show mercy … He is merciful - “God is faithful” – will not contradict Himself!
What does this say to you?
Where Does It Begin?
Since God planned for the redemption of the world before Sin, Mercy was readily available when first needed: the Garden of Eden! As part of the nature, the attributes, of God, mercy makes an everlasting difference in the life of God’s sinful people. In An Explanation of the Small Catechism (CPH, 1986), we read: “Who is God?” The answer, in part, is,
“In His Word God has told us that He is … merciful (full of pity):
Jeremiah 3:12 “‘I am merciful,’ declares the Lord.”
Titus 3:5 “He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because
of His mercy.”
Think what this means for sinful humanity. This is more than a second chance; this is the new life in Christ. This is the daily drowning and resurrection of Holy Baptism, through the Word and Spirit of God. This is the absolute promise, assurance and Hope of the final resurrection to Life everlasting!
Consider examples of Biblical persons who received mercy (as did all!).
Adam & Eve –
Noah & family –
Abraham & Sarah –