Show Me Your Glory: Mercy

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S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

What group of people do you believe need “mercy” more than anyone else?

One day Moses said to the LORD, “You have been telling me, ‘Take these people up to the Promised Land.’ But you haven’t told me whom you will send with me. You have told me, ‘I know you by name, and I look favorably on you.’ If it is true that you look favorably on me, let me know your ways so I may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy your favor. And remember that this nation is your very own people.”

The LORD replied, “I will personally go with you, Moses, and I will give you rest—everything will be fine for you.” Then Moses said, “If you don’t personally go with us, don’t make us leave this place. How will anyone know that you look favorably on me—on me and on your people—if you don’t go with us? For your presence among us sets your people and me apart from all other people on the earth.” The LORD replied to Moses, “I will indeed do what you have asked, for I look favorably on you, and I know you by name.” Moses responded, “Then show me your glorious presence.”

The LORD replied, “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and I will call out my name, Yahweh, before you. For I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will show compassion to anyone I choose. But you may not look directly at my face, for no one may see me and live.” The LORD continued, “Look, stand near me on this rock. As my glorious presence passes by, I will hide you in the crevice of the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will remove my hand and let you see me from behind. But my face will not be seen.” Exodus 33:12–23 NLT

Sermon Insights: A critical part of God’s glory is God’s mercy. God is “slow to anger.” Wrath is God’s righteous response to evil, but it is not his heart.

Many people are uncomfortable with the idea of judgment, especially God’s extreme and final judgment against sin. Something we should consider: Jesus participated in human suffering and suffered the weight of God’s judgment for our sin—something that was unimaginably difficult for Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Does your attitude towards God reflect appreciation and compassion or harsh judgment? Do you trust God to be the wise, righteous, and merciful judge that He shows himself to be through the Scriptures?

Lord, teach me to trust your judgment instead of mine. Teach me to respond to your mercy with utter thankfulness and willingness to share that incredible gift with others! You are so good…please continue to shine your mercy to this world IN and THROUGH me!