Saturday, August 23, 2014

God is Merciful!

In this weeks post I'll show you all three situations in the Bible where GOD IS MERCIFUL!

Jonah 3:9-10 "Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn way from His fierce anger, that we

 perish not? And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the 

evil, that He had said that He wold do unto them; and He did it not."

 In this situation the Ninevites are waiting to see how God will handle their their repentance
The peoples hearts are turned back to God as they turn from their evil way and repent.
God the repents of the evil that he was going to do to them does not do it! He is merciful!

Jeremiah 42:1-12 "1Then all the captains of the forces, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and Jezaniah the son of Hoshaiah, and all the people from the least even unto the greatest, came near, 2And said unto Jeremiah the prophet, Let, we beseech thee, our supplication be accepted before thee, and pray for us unto the LORD thy God, even for all this remnant; (for we are left but a few of many, as thine eyes do behold us:) 3That the LORD thy God may shew us the way wherein we may walk, and the thing that we may do. 4Then Jeremiah the prophet said unto them, I have heard you; behold, I will pray unto the LORD your God according to your words; and it shall come to pass, that whatsoever thing the LORD shall answer you, I will declare it unto you; I will keep nothing back from you. 5Then they said to Jeremiah, The LORD be a true and faithful witness between us, if we do not even according to all things for the which the LORD thy God shall send thee to us.6Whether it be good, or whether it be evil, we will obey the voice of the LORD our God, to whom we send thee; that it may be well with us, when we obey the voice of the LORD our God. 7And it came to pass after ten days, that the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah. 8Then called he Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces which were with him, and all the people from the least even to the greatest, 9And said unto them, Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, unto whom ye sent me to present your supplication before him; 10If ye will still abide in this land, then will I build you, and not pull you down, and I will plant you, and not pluck you up: for I repent me of the evil that I have done unto you. 11Be not afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom ye are afraid; be not afraid of him, saith the LORD: for I am with you to save you, and to deliver you from his hand.12And I will shew mercies unto you, that he may have mercy upon you, and cause you to return to your own land."
In this situation a remnant of God's people is needing God's help and so they ask Jeremiah to pray for them.
The peoples hearts are turned to Hima and they wish to do His bidding and follow His ways. Jeremiah prays for them.
God answeres and says that He promises to bring/build them up. He shows mercy to the people and tells them not to fear, because He is on their side.

Joel 2:12-13 "Therefore also now, saitht The Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with 

fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn

 unto The Lord your God: for He us gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and 

repenteth Him of the evil"

In this situation God is intreating His people to follow Him.
In this passage God wants the people to turn to Him with mourning and fasting. He wants their hearts to be torn at the signt of their sin.
He always acts with grace and mercy and kindness. He is slow to anger and like any good parent does not enjoy punishing His children. He will draw back from the evil He had planend for them when His people repent of their wrongdoing.