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The Mercy Seat of God
What Is Mercy
I begin this hub asking the question; when faced with making decisions that affect ourself and others, do we do it in the Light of knowing there is a Living God sitting on his throne or do we place ourselves there in his place?
We have all heard several hospitals advertise as being a hospital of mercy.
More than one have chosen to use Mercy Hospital as a name and have placed large signs near their establishment in the hopes of attracting business.
What is mercy and why would a hospital choose to use that word as a name?
The dictionary says that mercy is showing a compassion or forbearance to someone especially an offender. It is blessing that is an act of divine favor or compassion. It would be the court imposing imprisonment rather than death for the crime of murder.
Our Christian life has God’s mercy as its foundation because God loved and showed mercy in the giving of his son Jesus for our sins. All our songs, messages, prayers, praise and our giving of worship reflects upon the mercy of God seen in Jesus Christ his son.
Because of this mercy, my whole life is one of worship in surrender to him and his kingdom.
There is Hope
The world around us still centers upon satisfying its selfish fleshly ambitions saying “see what I have done and accomplished and nobody can tell me what to do”.
This world refuses to bow and give thanks & glory to God and chooses rather to worship and serve created things.
They pursue fleshly pleasures sometimes at the expense of others.
They also pervert God’s laws by trying to become righteous in attempting to keep them instead of putting their trust in his finished work which he wrought in Christ through the death of his cross and his resurrection.
These people rely on self but God’s word says our righteousness in his eyes is as filthy rags.
Under the old covenant, God would accept the blood of a sinless animal to put their sins forward for another year which was a shadow of the blood of Jesus which through his death would fulfill all the requirements of the law and clear the record of man’s debt for sin. We find God in his word saying that he that knew no sin was made sin for us.
This reminds me of the people who disguised themselves with old clothes and old wine skins to make Joshua think they had come from a far country when in fact they were at the time in the land that God had instructed Joshua to conquer.
To make the story short, they were on the wrong side and destined for destruction. After all, they had heard how the God of Joshua had caused the mighty walls of Jericho to fall and crumble under his mighty power. Maybe they even heard of the Jordan River departing and standing up as much as 15 feet high to allow the priests to carry the ark of God across on dry ground.
One thing is for sure, they were no match for this mighty God of the Israelite people.
They might have to become slaves but they had to make a covenant with Joshua that they might live. The plan worked and the covenant was made before Joshua could find out he had been deceived. Their penalty was to provide their young men to work in labor chopping wood and doing errands for the priests but they did not care because now they were on the right side.
The human race because of the fall of Adam had lost its fellowship with a Holy God who hates sin and was on the wrong side.
We were destined to death but God provided us a substitute in the giving of his son to be tried, convicted and be executed in pour place.
Like Adam, Jesus had God’s blood not the blood of Joseph running through his veins which made him the perfect sacrifice to do away with sin and its penalty of death once and for all.
At the brazen altar we find the letter of the law spelling out our death but at God’s seat of mercy, we find the spirit of God showing the law was fulfilled in Christ.
No longer do we find the blood of innocent animals making forgiveness and reconciliation possible for another year before a living God but at God’s seat of mercy, we can view the constant stream of pure agape love flowing from God the Father through Jesus the son unto all humanity.
Yes, it is at this seat where God makes atonement for our sin and begins the process of reconciling fallen man back to himself that we might be called sons and daughters of the most high God.
While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us and when we accept God’s plan of salvation we find him imparting his righteousness to us. We become his children when we hear the gospel message of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.
Yes, when we embrace the cross of Christ and turn from our sin allowing him charge of our life, we are baptized into his death and are raised to a new life like he was raised.
We then discover that our nature has changed and the things we once hated, we now like.
God in his wonderful grace frees us from sin and from the curse of the law.
This mighty being then indwells us by his Holy Spirit who is our comforter and guide.
The saying then is found to be true that “men do not obey God until they believe in him”.
Thank God that we can come running to his mercy seat and find healing, direction, comfort, hope, and love that is unconditional, now that is what I call love worth living for.