Potency of God’s Mercy

Justice has been defined as God giving us what we deserve, while mercy is God not giving us what we deserve. Grace, that brought salvation, actually rides on the wheels of mercy. This explains why we first obtain mercy before we can have access to grace at the throne of grace (Heb.4:16). The following pictorial reflection on the ark of the covenant gives the potency of mercy in our walk with God;

Which had the golden censer and the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold, in which were the golden pot that had the manna, Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant; and above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail.”(‭‭Hebrew ‭9:4-5‬ ‭NKJV‬‬)

The golden pot filled with manna is a representation of Israel’s disobedience to God’s instruction. They were to collect a daily portion of manna and two portions at the end of the week because of the sabbath, but they would not. As expected, the manna grew mould. Putting a sample manna in the golden pot for so long without growing mould is God’s way of stupefying their wisdom in order for them to learn to obey God Exodus 16: 19-34.

Next in the Ark is the Aaron’s rod that budded, intimidating evidence against their rebellion in the matter of Korah, Dathan, Abiram and On. That was the growth of a dry and dead “walking stick” that produced almond fruits in a space of twenty four hours to silence rebellion against constituted authority. Its presence in the Ark is living evidence of the hardness of our heart and tendency to rebel. Numbers 17:1-11

The last item in the Ark is the table of testament, a representative of the law. The law brings the knowledge of sin but never empowers to fulfil. For “. . by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” (Romans 3:20). Consequently the testament is more of an accuser than a saviour!

The three items in the Ark speak against us and will always be a negative voice to heaven. Hence the reason God instructed Moses to cover them off God’s site and place the mercy seat directly on top of it, Hallelujah! The voice of those three witnesses are thus muffled and silenced by the mercy of God. “For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. ” (Romans 9:15). It is mercy that allows God to deliberately blot out “. . .the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; “(Col. 2:14).

TODAY, if you will hear his voice “. . .I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Matthew 9:13), you will overlook the many sins of your past and that of your brethren and that of the so called unbelievers and go all the way for whatever will bring them unto salvation. For only then will you have demonstrated your sonship in Jesus. Allow the voice of God’s mercy to silence “the voice” of every imagination and thoughts that want to condemn you against being justified!

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