We all need a taste of mercy. It is nothing like we experience in our day to day to relationships. Have you ever been very disappointed or betrayed by a friend? How did you feel at the moment? What if this friend continually betrayed your trust over and over again? As human beings, we easily lose faith in people and often find it difficult to speak good about someone who has offended us. This is perhaps why the concept of God’s mercy and forgiveness of sins seems so alien to us. For me, God’s mercy is best described by this verse in Numbers
Numbers 23: 21
“He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath He seen perverseness in Israel; the Lord his God is with him, and the shout of a King is among them.”
This verse is particularly interesting considering the background. God had delivered the Israelites from slavery and captivity in Egypt using great miracles and display of His mighty power. He had led them to walk on dry ground through the red sea, fed and given them drink in the desert and yet time and time again, Israel had rebelled, grumbled and complained against God and his servant Moses even to the point of building a graven image to worship.
Yet in Numbers 23: 21, God declares that there is no iniquity found in Israel. God was not lying or blindly covering up for his people here, rather He shows us here the extent of His forgiveness when we confess our sins and asks him to forgive us. Israel had repented and made the necessary sacrifices for their sins and God’s forgiveness meant He saw them as righteous- without iniquity or perverseness. God no longer dealt with them according to their past sins but He dealt with them as righteous because they had been cleansed of their sins. If Israel could receive such mercy from the offering of the blood of goats and bulls, what do you think we will receive by approaching God through the sacrifice of His dear Son Jesus?
Hebrews 9: 13 -14
“For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”
There is no need to continue in your sins and trespasses when a sacrifice has been made for reconciliation with God. You can’t work your way into favor with God. Don’t think you have to be perfect before coming to Him because you can’t be perfect on your own but if you will come as you are, with all your sins and guilt, He is more than able to cleanse and purify you and restore you to a position of righteousness and favour in his sight. Not only that, but the Hebrews verse mentions that the blood of Jesus is able to go a step further and purge our conscience so we can let go of the feelings of guilt and live the new life of righteousness. Who wouldn’t want this?
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