In Exodus 33, Moses meets with God and asks him to show him his glory. God’s answer is surprising.
Moses stated, “Please show me your glory.” And he stated, “I will make all my goodness pass just before you and will proclaim just before you my name ‘The LORD.’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. Exodus 33:18-19
To me this is surprising – I will make all my GOODNESS pass just before you. Then in Exodus 34 God does the two items he stated he would do:
The LORD descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. The LORD passed just before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast really like and faithfulness, maintaining steadfast really like for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no suggests clear the guilty, going to the iniquity of the fathers on the young children and the children’s young children, to the third and the fourth generation.” EX 34.five-7
Initial God says his NAME: “The Lord, the Lord.” I would have anticipated God to go on and say some thing like: I am Almighty, Holy and Majestic, Fearsome and Glorious, I can crush the complete universe like a bug below my foot if I want to. I handle all items, I rule all items. I am infinitely wonderful.
But God reveals a surprising truth to Moses. The very first factor he desires Moses to know is that he is Very good. He stated he would result in his goodness to pass just before Moses and then God proclaimed his goodness.
God is Very good. Now this does not imply he just overlooks sin, for he had stated: but who will by no suggests clear the guilty, going to the iniquity of the fathers on the young children and the children’s young children, to the third and the fourth generation.”
But just before that God stated “keeping steadfast really like for thousands.” The Berean study Bible interprets this as “maintaining loving devotion to a thousand generations.”
When God revealed himself to Moses he emphasized his GOODNESS: God is merciful, gracious, slow to anger, ABOUNDING in steadfast really like and faithfulness, maintaining steadfast really like (TWICE he says steadfast really like) for thousands (or a thousand generations), forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin. The puritan Thomas Watson says:
“God is a lot more inclinable to mercy than wrath. Mercy is his darling attribute, which he most delights in. Mic 7:18. Mercy pleases him…. Acts of severity are rather forced from God he does not afflict willingly. Lam three:33. The bee naturally offers honey, it stings only when it is provoked so God does not punish till he can bear no longer. ‘So that the Lord could bear no longer, since of the evil of your doings.’ Jer 44:22. Mercy is God’s proper hand that he is most made use of to inflicting punishment is named his strange operate. Isa 28:21.” – Thomas Watson
Prior to God saved me I believed he was a God of punishment. A God holding a lightning bolt, just waiting for me to blow it. Till God saved me I would not have identified the surprising truth Micah says about the Lord:
Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing more than transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, since he delights in steadfast really like. Micah 7:18
God “delights in steadfast really like.” He does not delight in punishing people today. He does not delight in working out his wrath and anger. Jeremiah says in Lamentations:
For the Lord will not cast off forever, but, even though he result in grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast really like for he does not afflict from his heart or grieve the young children of males. Lamentations three:31-33
God requires no pleasure in afflicting us. “He does not afflict from his heart or grieve the young children of males.” Occasionally God causes grief, but he waits to “have compassion” since of “the abundance of his steadfast really like.” God would rather pour out blessings than afflict us.
God’s mercy suggests that in his compassion and sympathy and patience and longsuffering toward us, he does not give us what we deserve.
Mercy “denotes the prepared inclination of God to relieve the misery of fallen creatures. Therefore, ‘mercy’ presupposes sin.” A.W. Pink
In other words, when we sin, we generally bring misery upon ourselves, but God’s inclination is to show us mercy and relieve our misery. He does not owe us mercy. He would be absolutely righteous to strike us down straight away when we sin. But he is so forbearing and patient, he continues to bless us. Appear how Psalm 103 describes God’s overflowing goodness:
who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your ailments, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast really like and mercy…The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast really like. He will not normally chide, nor will he hold his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as higher as the heavens are above the earth, so wonderful is his steadfast really like toward these who worry him as far as the east is from the west, so far does he get rid of our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his young children, so the LORD shows compassion to these who worry him. For he knows our frame he remembers that we are dust. Psalm 103:three-four, eight-14
I like what David Hocking says:
When you come to the Lord, you are not coming to somebody who is sitting with a baseball bat prepared to club you for just about every false move. The Bible teaches that His necessary nature and character is mercy. Mercy holds back from us what we truly deserve. –David Hocking
When you are sick and lying on your bed, you do not want somebody coming in and discussing thirty-two causes why you deserve what you are acquiring. –David Hocking
God’s mercy and compassion suggests he FEELS FOR US, he has sympathy toward us.
Considering the fact that then we have a wonderful higher priest who has passed via the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold rapid our confession. For we do not have a higher priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but a single who in just about every respect has been tempted as we are, but with no sin. Let us then with self-assurance draw close to to the throne of grace, that we may possibly obtain mercy and discover grace to aid in time of require. Hebrews four:14-16
Jesus has been via just about every temptation we have been via (with no sin) – so he knows what it is like. He knows how tough it is. He knows weakness.
Humble yourselves, hence, below the mighty hand of God so that at the appropriate time he may possibly exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, since he cares for you. 1 Peter five:six-7
God is not like the uncaring psychologist, Dr. Switzer, played by Bob Newhart: https://bit.ly/KG1MTw
Considering the fact that God is so merciful to us, we ought to be merciful to other individuals.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” Matthew five:7
Simply because God is merciful, he forgives us. Simply because God forgives us, we ought to forgive other individuals. Jesus illustrated this brilliantly in the story of the servant who begged his master to forgive his debt of ten thousand talents, and when the master forgave him, went out and would not forgive a fellow servant of a miniscule debt of a handful of hundred denarii. Jesus completed the story by saying:
Then his master summoned him and stated to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt since you pleaded with me. And ought to not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, till he ought to spend all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will do to just about every a single of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.” Matthew 18:21-35
When we contemplate God’s goodness and mercy to us, it ought to make in us very first of all GRATITUDE to God
Contemplating God’s goodness to us ought to make Appreciate FOR GOD
And contemplating his mercy to us ought to make us MERCIFUL TO Other individuals
We do not want to be like the ungrateful servant whose master forgave him a enormous debt but would not forgive the tiny debt of his fellow servant.
God has forgiven us a Enormous DEBT – He washed away all our sins by the blood of Jesus. He ought to have condemned us to eternal hell for our sins, but in his compassion toward us he forgave us, gave us eternal life, then adopted us as his personal young children and gave us a share in the really inheritance of Jesus. So we ought to forgive and be merciful to any one who sins against us.
Let’s contemplate the way the Lord described himself to Moses. How he brought on all his GOODNESS to pass just before Moses. Let us gaze upon God’s goodness nowadays and give him thanks. And let us seek to imitate our merciful, compassionate God in our relationships with other individuals.