Wednesday, December 8, 2010

His Mercy

                In Luke 1:50-53 quoted below, (v 50) is the defining verse, but we first must define “…fear…  Fear is defined as “Reverence, standing in awe.  This does not mean that as a Christian we should be cowering in the corner of a room and terribly afraid.

            With this in mind, my thoughts go to Jonah as he preached to Nineveh.  The city, all of it, was saved.  God extended His mercy to the Ninevites.  He repented and did not destroy them or the city.  At least then, however, (v 50) gives us the conditions under which God’s Mercy exists:  as long as our respect for Him is evident from “…generation to generation…
            The Ninevites failed in their “…fear…” of God.  They failed to pass down from “…generation to generation…” and consequently, Nineveh became a wasted city, (just common dust, as God did not give His mercy in the final round, and Nineveh was destroyed.)
            This is the Season, we typically pay homage: “…fear…” to the Christ child, the babe in the manger, our God and Saviour Jesus.  We need to remember to pass down from “…generation to generation…” the “…fear…” of the Lord.

Isaiah 9:6  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

              God is Everything, He is our All in All, and He gave us His Son, born of a virgin.  We as Christians must pass down to our next generation and to our children’s generation, so that His Mercy will be passed down, and our heirs will continue in His Mercy.
            The greatest gift we can give our children is to pass to them the respect and devotion of our Lord Jesus so that when God calls us home, we can know that they know His Mercy “endureth forever.”

Bro. John R. E Chastain

Luke 1:50-53  And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.  (51)  He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.  (52)  He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.  (53)  He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.

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