Sermon Text: Exodus 33:17-19; 34:6

Scriptures Referenced: Matthew 9:11–13, Luke 23:32–34, Psalm 103:11–12, Isaiah 43:25, Ephesians 2:3–5, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Luke 6:34–36


1. God is merciful
2. God’s mercy forgets
3. God’s mercy both removes and gives
4. Gospel-empowered mercy


The essential act of Mercy was to pardon; and pardon in its very essence involves the recognition of guilt and ill-desert in the recipient.
— CS Lewis
Karma is getting what you deserve - which is naive about the human condition and damning to the suffering. Christianity teaches that what we deserve is death with no hope of resurrection — but that God is merciful.
Why does God abandon Jesus to be murdered by us? The answer, it would seem, must lie in that very unconditional love and mercy he intends to carry out in act. God, I would think we can assume, knows full well that he is a problem for us. He knows that unconditional love and mercy is “the end” of us, our conditional world. He knows that to have mercy on whom he will have mercy can only appear as frightening, as wrath, to such a world. He knows we would have to die to all we are before we could accept it. But he also knows that that is our only hope, our only salvation. 
— Gerhard Forde
When the Puritan Thomas Hooker was dying, his friends tried to comfort him on his death bed, saying, “Be of good cheer, Thomas, you are going to receive your reward.”
His response? “No. Brother, I’m going to receive mercy”.
God is merciful now and forever. It is who he is and how he wants to be known.
Forget not, never forget that you have promised me to use this silver to become an honest man…. Jean Valjean, my brother: you belong no longer to evil, but to good. It is your soul that I am buying for you. I withdraw it from dark thoughts and from the spirit of perdition, and I give it to God!
— Bishop Myriel, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo



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