Sermon Loving Mercy
The arc of God’s MERCY, shapes the Bible. From the Garden of Eden to the new City of God, Genesis to Revelation – MERCY reveals God’s redemptive love for us. Along the way we see MERCY working through the drama of Adam & Eve, Cain & Abel, Joseph & his brothers, the Exodus, David & Bathsheba, Jeremiah & “I know the plans I have for you”, Ezekiel & “the valley of dry bones” and… Well all of this was on Micah’s mind as he wrote 6:8 and Jesus as he healed the blind men in Jericho.
Mercy, God’s mercy, is what holds our world together. Mercy, human acts of mercy, is what holds together our family, friendships, and communities. We hunger to know that this is true. In Christ we see how God makes it true. Which is why one of our most cherished Jesus-parables is the Good Samaritan with “the one who showed mercy” as the high point. [Luke 10:25-37] Jesus emphasized that loving mercy is revealed by how we become a merciful connection to others. So he said, “Blessed are the merciful for they shall receive mercy.” [Matthew 5:7]
The primary Hebrew word for love (hesed) can also be translated mercy. So the call of Micah 6:8 “to love mercy” can be translated to love, love. Mercy is then understood as love applied. And from Micah 6:8, plus Jesus’ own compassion, we are shown that the power of mercy is to motivate us to do justice.
Pastor Les Hollon - April 17, 2016
From Series: "Micah 6:8: Living the Promise"
"The Lord has showed you O people what is good, and what is required of you. Do justice. Love mercy. Walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8 is one of God's great promises. We need it personally, and as a nation. Uniting around the "common good" is also what our world desperately needs. Last month, when walking through the land of Israel and Jordan, I felt refreshed by walking through promises of the Bible while in the Holy Land. In that region where struggle is constant, and shalom among people groups is tenuous - God's promises still reign.