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The mercy and grace of the Lord (YHVH)

Today I want to talk about Yah’s grace and mercy because many “Christians” somehow believe that the God of the New Testament is somehow different to Elohim in the Old Testament.  And that grace as a concept did not exist until the death of Yahushuah (Jesus) on Calvary.

That idea is a false teaching and one that has perpetuated the gulf that exists between “Christians” and “Believers” today to such extent that Christians ask questions such as “Did/will people in the OT go to heaven?”!!!  This shows a lack of understanding of the concept of grace and the vastness of Elohim.

What is grace?

2.(Theol.) The divine favor toward man; the mercy of God, as distinguished from His justice; also, any benefits His mercy imparts; divine love or pardon; a state of acceptance with God; enjoyment of the divine favor.

*And if by grace, then is it no more of works. – Rom. xi. 6.

*My grace is sufficient for thee. – 2 Cor. xii. 9.

*Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound. – Rom. v. 20.

*By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand.               – Rom. v.2

Definition from Webster’s Online Dictionary

What is mercy?

Forbearance to inflict harm under circumstances of provocation, when one has the power to inflict it; compassionate treatment of an offender or adversary; clemency.

From the same Dictionary

Now we have established what the terms “grace” and “mercy” mean, I want to look at an outstanding example of both grace and mercy in the OT.  Of course, there are many examples of these concepts shown but I would like to focus on one example in particular.

David and Bathsheba (2 Sam chapters 11-12)

Although many people have written about this historical event, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect.  As the foreshadow of the messiah to come, King David was a messiah “anointed” (not the Messiah) of God and the scriptures tell us that at his first anointing that the Spirit of Yah came upon him in power.  We know that this spirit manifested itself in at least 2 ways in David’s life:

-As a prophetic gift as seen within the psalms

-As a gift of spiritual wisdom and revelation (2 Sam 14:20)

So it is interesting to hear what David says concerning the man who has stolen his neighbour’s sheep.

5 And David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die:

6 And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.

For those of you who like myself felt that this judgement was hard, it was harsh and very unlike the character of the King as we know that he more disposed to leniency e.g.  towards his son Absalom when he murdered his half brother.  Yah says this about theft:

King James Bible Ex 22:1
If a man shall steal an ox, or a sheep, and kill it, or sell it; he shall restore five oxen for an ox, and four sheep for a sheep

No where does it say that such a man is deserving of the death penalty, and King David being one that was ‘a man after Yah’s heart’ (1 Sam 13:13) and who meditated on the law ‘day and night’ (Ps 1:2 & 119:97) to such an extent that he became more knowledgeable in the Law than his teachers (Ps 119:99) would have surely known this.  Nevertheless, the ‘beloved’ of Elohim still sentenced the thief harshly, why?

Lev 20:10 gives us the answer, according to God’s law anyone who commits adultery with a married woman both he and the woman shall be sentenced to death.  On top of this, the King had sent an innocent man to death (Uriah) another sin worthy of death. So although, physically David did not know that Nathan was referring to him, this truth had been revealed through Yah’s spirit which resided with him.

What happened next?

Well, we know that David did not die; surely this is a great example of mercy and grace.  We see that even the most learned man, anointed with the Holy Spirit a very foreshadow of our messiah, a man who meditated on the word of Yah day and night fell under the weight of sinful flesh.  His crime was deserving of death twice over yet Yah spared him, why?  Because Yah, knew what was in David’s heart.  He judged him by his faith and love for Him and as such was lenient on him at the time of his judgement.

We know through the scriptures that people were put to death for disobeying God’s law, because their hearts were impure before Yah.  Or if any who were innocent were/are put to death the word tells us that they will be resurrected and not die again at the time of the 2nd death.

The New Testament tells us that our forefathers in faith will enter into the Kingdom of God.  We will see Moses, Elijah, Samuel, Nathan, David, Abraham and all our other brothers and sisters who were and are “Believers”.

A major mistake that Christians make is that these same people are not saved by God’s grace; of course they are because all of them fell to sin.  The difference is that no sin is imputed on them, because even they are washed clean.  Do we not see in the oracles of Balaam that Yah says He sees no wickedness or iniquity in Israel (Num 23:21) and that He pardons the sins of the righteous and those who long for His righteousness?

Lastly, for those who are confused as to how these sins can be washed away without the blood of the messiah the scriptures clearly say that the lamb was slain from the foundations of the earth/creation/world (Rev 13:8) and that the sacrifice is made for ALL time (Heb 10:12). Therefore it is completely WRONG, for people to say that our brothers and sisters in the “OT” will not be with Elohim, even these people who Christians believe were “under the law” are saved by faith.  Yes, faith because they looked forward to and believed in the coming of the messiah.   It is also WRONG, for secularised Christians to say that Believers who try to follow the commandments of Yah will also not enter His Kingdom.  If anything the scriptures, including Yahushuah (Jesus) taught otherwise.  Anybody who loved and loves Yah(ushuah) with all their heart, mind, body and soul and tries to obey His will and commandments before their own WILL enter into the Kingdom of God.

April 10, 2010 at 1:31 pm Leave a comment


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