“Blessed are the merciful:
for they shall obtain mercy.”
There once were two men. One had need of nothing for he had made his millions. The tailored clothes he wore spoke of his opulence. He had need of nothing. A feast of fine foods graced his table. He had need of nothing. He was set for life. He had need of nothing – except to know he had need.
The second man had nothing. His tattered dirty clothes told his story. He had nothing. The dogs licked at his cankered sores giving him some relief as he sat by the rich man’s gate. He could not afford a doctor. He had nothing. The smell of the rich man’s feast filled his nostrils but did not fill his empty belly. He had nothing – yet he remained richer than the rich man.
Both men had two things in common. Each lived and each died. One died to poverty. The other died to riches. One died to torment – the other to comfort. One died to die forever – the other died to never die again, never to suffer again but to live forever. This is where their similarity ends. For one never had mercy so could not give it. The other knew mercy and obtained it.
Jesus told the account of these two men in Luke 16:19-31. It describes the two kinds of people who inhabit the earth. We are either the rich man dressed in our robes of self-righteousness with no need of God, or we are Lazarus, knowing our righteousness is a filthy garment in need of the cleansing mercy of God.
Jesus told the Pharisees – the epitome of the self-righteous –
“But go ye and learn what that meaneth,
I WILL HAVE MERCY, AND NOT SACRIFICE:
for I am not come to call the righteous,
but sinners to repentance…
Ye are they which justify yourselves before men;
but God knoweth your hearts:
for that which is highly esteemed among men
is abomination in the sight of God.”
(Matthew 9:13; Luke 16:15)
To find comfort from our sin we must identify with Lazarus’s filthy rags.
“But we are all as an unclean thing,
and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags;
and we all do fade as a leaf;
and our iniquities,
like the wind,
have taken us away …
As it is written,
THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NO, NOT ONE:”
(Isaiah 64;6 Romans 3:10.)
Our remedy is found in the mercy of God. It’s available now and brings us comfort from sin.
- “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found,
- call ye upon him while he is near:
- Let the wicked forsake his way,
- and the unrighteous man his thoughts:
- and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him:
- and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon …
But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour
toward man appeared,
Not be works of righteousness which we have done,
but according to his mercy he saved us,
by the washing of regeneration,
and renewing of the Holy Ghost.”
(Isaiah 55:7 Titus 3:4-5)
If you have not received the mercy of the Lord and are tired of wearing the filthy clothes stained with sin, the Lord invites you –
and let us reason together, saith the LORD:
though your sins be as scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they be red like crimson,
they shall be as wool.”
Accept his invitation and know the blessing of mercy King David described.
“the blessedness of the man,
unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,
BLESSED ARE THEY WHOSE INIQUITIES ARE FORGIVEN,
AND WHOSE SINS ARE COVERED.
BLESSED IS THE MAN
TO WHOM THE LORD WILL NOT IMPUTE SIN.”
This blessing is for all who –
“believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;
Who was delivered for our offences,
and was raised again for our justification.”
So, are you among the blessed – those receiving God’s best and highest in life? Those who know the blessing of need? You can be. Receive the invitation.