Blessed are the Merciful-
The Bible tells us in the Old Testament book of Hosea that,
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” (Hosea 4:6)
If we as God’s people are going to experience the abundant overcoming life that Jesus provided for us at Calvary, then we need to hunger and thirst to not only know God’s Word but also to understand it as well.
As we study the Word of God and seek after wisdom, knowledge, and understanding, we begin to see that often there is the apparent meaning of Scripture, and then there is the revealed meaning of Scripture that only the Holy Spirit can give.
We are beginning to see that all of these attitudes and principles from the Sermon on the Mount work together for victorious Kingdom living. It is not only faith, but it is faith plus attitude, plus righteous works that enable us to abound in God’s Kingdom in this present life.
In other words, we are to seek after and follow the whole Word of God, not just part of it. The Bible says,
“Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” (James 4:17)
As God reveals these principles unto us, then we can have victory in them as we daily strive to walk according to His word.
We not only have the righteousness of God in Christ, but the Bible also says,
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (1John 1:7)
Jesus Christ cleanses us from not only all of our sin, but also everything that stands between us and Him that might interfere with receiving His best.
We see then that it is the whole Word of God, not just a few Scriptures, that provide for victorious Kingdom living.
So many times people have taken just a few Scriptures and built the entire doctrine of their Christian Faith around them, however the Bible says,
“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” (Matt. 4:4)
The Gospel of Matthew chapter five and verse seven says,
“Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.” (Matt. 5:7)
God wants us to be merciful so that we can be blessed of Him.
Second Chronicles chapter six and verse 42 tells us,
“O LORD God, turn not away the face of thine anointed: remember the mercies of David thy servant.” (2Chron. 6:42)
The Bible teaches that David was a great example to us of how we ought to be merciful.
We can read in First Samuel chapter 24 verses one through eight and in First Samuel chapter 26 verses seven through 16 of how David was merciful unto Saul.
Twice David was in a position to thrust his spear into the heart of Saul and exact vengeance for himself.
David had the opportunity to kill the man who, for no reason, was chasing him and trying to kill him, but yet David was merciful. David said, “I will not touch God’s anointed”.
We can also read of David’s mercy in First Samuel the 25th chapter. These are the Scriptures referring to Abigail and her husband Nabal.
Nabal rightfully owed provisions to David’s men because they had protected Nabal’s servants while they were in the field.
However, Nabal mocked David’s men when David sent them to him and refused to give them the provisions they needed. David was furious and set out to destroy Nabal and all the men of his household.
Nabal’s wife Abigail was told of her husband’s foolish act so she loaded provisions and went to David to plead for his life. David saw the provisions and Abigail’s humility and decided to show mercy to Nabal for Abigail’s sake.
David committed Nabal unto God.
David committed Saul unto God.
And God wrought His sovereign vengeance on both Nabal and Saul in His time.
“Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” (Rom. 12:19)
Acts chapter 13 and verse 34 says,
“And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David.” (Acts 13:34)
David was merciful and not only obtained mercy, but he obtained a promise from God that his descendent would sit upon his throne forever.
“The LORD hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne. If thy children will keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon thy throne for evermore.” (Psalm 132:11-12)
God fulfilled this promise through David’s descendent Mary when she gave birth to Jesus Christ the Son of God.
Having mercy and being merciful are monumental in the eyes of God.
Galatians chapter six verses seven and eight says,
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” (Gal. 6:7-8)
What we plant we are going to reap. The Bible says “God is not mocked”. In other words, make no mistake about it. It does not matter how spiritual we think we may be.