Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

"I will meet you on the mercy seat".

Friday, April 17, 2009

Moses and the Lord are speaking right after a real disaster happened: the “golden calf” incident.

Only here the grace of God comes in a complicated package: the doctrine of divine decrees.

In eternity past, I put My grace in motion, and so woven throughout the decree is mercy, My grace in action.

EXO 33:19 And He [God] said, “I Myself will make all My goodness [the character and nature of God, His attributes] pass before you [doctrine of divine decrees related to history], and will proclaim the name of the LORD before you [you never learn the glory of God until you understand the Person]; and I will be gracious [I have always been gracious - the divine decrees] to whom I will be gracious [piel imperfect, intensification of this grace as it plays out in history], and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion.”

ROM 11:32 For God has shut up all in disobedience so that He may show mercy to all.

He wants to have mercy on..... EVERYONE!!

1TI 2:3-5 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.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,

1PE 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

The energy that moves the plan of God forward is the mercy of God, not the striving of men.

The Doctrine of Mercy.
Point 1. Definition.
Love is that in God which existed before He would care to exercise mercy or grace.
Mercy, on the other hand, is that in God which provided for sinful man.
Grace is that in God which acts freely to save and bless mankind because all the demands of holiness have been satisfied in Christ.

So the difference between grace and mercy is that mercy is that within God which provides for man while grace is the expression of that provision.

The doctrine of mercy was taught in the Old Testament when Jesus Christ, as the God of Israel was actually going to dwell above the mercy seat between the cherubs in the holy of holies, Exo 25, Lev 9, Num 16.

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On this day the nation of Israel sought atonement for its sins, LEV 23:27; 16:29; NUM 29:7.

The high priest who officiated on this day first sanctified himself by taking a ceremonial bath and putting on white garments, LEV 16:4.

Then he had to make atonement for himself and other priests by sacrificing a bull,
NUM 29:8.

Then he sprinkled its blood on and about the mercy seat, LEV 16:12,14,15.

Finally the scapegoat bearing the sins of the people was sent into the wilderness, LEV 16:20-22.

The ark was a wooden box 45" by 27" by 27" made of acacia wood overlaid with gold.

(a) The urn of manna represented sin as rejection of God’s logistical grace provision.(b) Aaron’s rod that budded speaks of sin in the sense of rebellion against the authority of God and rejection of God’s system for communication of doctrine.
(c) The tablets of the Law spoke of sin as transgression of divine law, since the law defined freedom in the client nation.

The urn of manna, which represented sin as rejection of God’s logistical grace provision.

Then there was Aaron’s rod that budded, which speaks of sin in the sense of rebellion against the authority of God and rejection of God’s system for communication of doctrine.

Then thirdly, there were the tablets of the Law, which spoke of sin as transgression of divine law, since the law defined freedom in the client nation.

Point 2. Man Can Now Approach God on the Basis of God’s Mercy for Man.

DAN 9:9 To God belongs mercy and forgiveness.
HEB 8:12 “For I will be merciful to their iniquities, And I will remember their sins no more.”

Mercy is actually related to our sins and failures, whereas grace is related to the provisions of God.

PSA 86:15 But Thou, O Lord, art a God merciful and gracious, Slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness and truth.

1PE 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

HEB 8:12 “For I will be merciful to their iniquities, And I will remember their sins no more.”

Point 3. The Parable of Mercy is Found in
LUK 18:9-14.

That is self-justification, the first stage of the arrogant skills.

They go crazy because they move into the second stage of the arrogant skills, self-deception.

This leads to self-absorption where they take their very own flaws and super-impose them on others.

MAT 6:1 “Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.”

MAT 9:10 And it happened that as He was reclining at the table in the house, behold many tax-gatherers and sinners came and were dining with Jesus and His disciples.

MAT 9:11 And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples, “Why is your Teacher eating with the tax-gatherers and sinners?”

The Williams translation - “The Pharisee stood and said this self-centered prayer.”

EZR 9:6 and I said, “O my God, I am ashamed and embarrassed to lift up my face to Thee, my God, for our iniquities have risen above our heads, and our guilt has grown even to the heavens.”

PSA 145:8 The Lord is gracious and merciful; Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness.

Mercy - aor-pass-imp - hilaskomai = propitiation, the basis for God being merciful and gracious to us.

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