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Powerful Touch of God’s Mercy

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27 May 2024

It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassion fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. (Lamentation 3:22-23)

When we ponder about the wickedness of humanity, we wonder why the entire human race is still in existence despite the existence of the axe of judgment of God that is dangling over the sinners every second. The book of Ezekiel 18:4 affirmed this, saying, “… the soul that sinneth, it shall die.” The obvious answer is the fact that the compassion and mercy of God is inexhaustible. The whole live time of wickedness of humanity cannot exhaust the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Sodom and Gomorrah was destroyed at the command of God, but the mercy of God was available to the household of Lot because of the intercessory prayers of Abraham. “And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake.” (Genesis 18:32) What makes difference in the prevalence of mercy for the household of Lot was the grace of faith unto God that brought down deliverance for repented family through the prayers of Abraham. If the world of Noah and Sodom and Gomorrah have faith in the word of God that judgment of God is imminent because of their sin, and repented of their sins and pleaded in prayer for mercy of God, the generation would have remained till today.

Many may not know that the name “Nineveh” means “the robber city.” The major occupation of dwellers of the city of Nineveh in the days of Jonah was piracy. The people would hijack the ship in the high sea, ruthlessly attack the passengers and rob them of their valuable items. The uncompromising message of God from the mouth of Jonah came upon the city saying, “… he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.” (Jonah 3:4) The city of Nineveh sincerely repented of their sins and ask for God’s mercy. “So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.” (Jonah 3:5) “And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.” (Jonah 3:10)

King David, an anointed man of God that God honored and elevated to become king of the nation of Israel messed up, big time. He engaged in the sin of adultery with Bathsheba, the wife of one of his faithful soldier, and impregnated her. David arranged a cover up scheme by sending a word to his general at the battle front to withdraw her husband from war so that he can come and be with his wife. The faithful soldier refused to go home. He remained in the palace as one of the palace guard because he felt that it was not right for him to be living a comfortable life with his wife while his other patriotic colleagues on the battle front were fighting for the nation. When David noticed that he did not go home, he tried to lure him to drink alcohol, but he declined this also. Eventually, he sent a note through the same faithful soldier to his general in the battle front that he should be assigned to the fierce and hot battle front. The faithful soldier did not read the content of the note that the king wrote to the general. Faithfully he delivered the note to the general. The evil plan of David to conceal his wicked act against the husband of Barsheba was executed and the soldier died in the battle front.

David thought that he had used the power of the king to break the law of God and commit this horrendous act of sinfulness and sweep it under the carpet unchecked because of the massive power of the king. Then God called Nathan, His prophet to challenge the wickedness of King David. Tactically, the prophet put the message of God across to David for his consideration, saying, “And there came a traveler unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man’s lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him. 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.”  (2 Samuel 12:4-5) Then the prophet revealed the bombshell, and said to King David, “… Thou art the man!” (2 Samuel 12:7) King David realized his horrendous evil deed and humbly declared in sincere repentance, and said to Nathan, “… I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. (2 Samuel 12:13) In the brief conversation of the prophet with the king, you will notice the sincere humility and repentance of King David. It is this act of repentance and reconciliation that attracted the grace of mercy of God that prevented the judgment of death upon the king. The book of Psalm 51 revealed the extensive prayer of sincere repentance of King David.

The mercy of God is the antidote of the physical illness of mankind.  Mercy of God is available to heal our sicknesses.  “But he [Christ] was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5) There is Merciful touch of God for the sick. The Blind Bartimaeus took advantage of this grace and tap into it. “And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.” (Mark 10:47) His cry for mercy attracted the attention of the Merciful King Jesus and He commanded the blind man to be brought to His presence.  “And Jesus answered and said unto him, “What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way. (Mark 10:51-52) 

The woman with the issue of blood did not wait for Christ to touch her for her healing.  She touch the helm of the garment of our Lord Jesus Christ with her infirmities, said in her heart if I can touch the hem of His garment, I will be whole. “And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.” (Matthew 9:20-22)

Our Merciful God is speaking to you and I this day that His mercy is available unto us if we can humbly repent our sinful ways and humbly plead for forgiveness and pray for His grace that His merciful touch may be made manifest in our lives. He will not only heal our physical body but will also mercifully heal our spiritual lives and our names will be written in the Book of Life. Beloved, think and take this gracious advantage.

Prayer: Merciful Father, please Lord, do not ignore my wretched and wicked sinful life and pass me by. Please cleanse me and forgive me all my wicked ways.  Let your mercy through the grace of salvation be available to me Heavenly Father. Endow me the grace and courage to tap into the grace of your salvation and healing through your amazing grace in Jesus name, Amen.


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