“He has shown you, O man, what is good; and WHAT DOES THE LORD REQUIRE OF YOU but to do justly, TO LOVE MERCY …” (Micah 6:8 NKJV, emphasis mine)
The Bible story of Joshua and the walls of Jericho is one most of us are familiar with; many of us can recite the story of the two spies, sent by Joshua into Jericho, and how Rahab, a prostitute of that city, first concealed them, and then aided them in their escape. Rahab and her family had HEARD of the Israelites, KNEW of the Elohim of the Israelites, and suspected who would be victorious in the coming battle. She appealed to the “mercy”, or kindness (as some translations will read) of the spies, and to the “mercy” of their God, that she and her family would be saved (see
Joshua 2, especially verses 12-13). Because of her faith in the “Elohim Chayim”, the LIVING God, Rahab’s
name is found in the genealogy of our Messiah Yeshua (Matthew 1:5).
The word in Joshua 2:12 translated “kindness” is the same word translated into “mercy” in our opening verse from Micah. It is the Hebrew word “chêSêd” (KHEH’-sed, Strong’s #H2617), and I was amazed to find how rich in meaning this word is! Within this word is found such a strong sense of commitment, particularly by our ABBA Father to His Word, and His promises within His Word. There is the commitment that our YAH will KEEP His Word, His Covenant, because of His love and His mercy towards us, especially to those who walk in right relationship with Him. Elsewhere in the Word of God, “chêSêd” has been translated as kindness, steadfast love, loving-kindness, loyalty, favor, and faithfulness, but ALL include a serious commitment to relationships. Is not our Father’s relationship with us, His children, THE most incredible example of mercy?
YHWH requires us to not only ‘do justly’, but “to love mercy”. It is very possible to ‘do justly’ from a wrong attitude, but when doing right comes through a heart FILLED with the mercy of YAH, that is when we are truly “letting our lights so shine before men” (Matthew 5:16). “Mercy” is the color of Messiah Yeshua’s blood, for it is the color of the atonement; “mercy” is the name of our Father’s throne, for it is called the “Mercy-Seat”. “Mercy”, just like the blood of Yeshua, must flow OUT of us for it to be effective. It can never be hoarded and kept inactive, for when we do so, it stagnates, and dies…
”Go and learn what this means: I DESIRE MERCY [that is, readiness to help those in trouble] and not sacrifice and sacrificial victims. For I came not to call and invite [to repentance] the righteous (those who are upright and in right standing with God), but sinners (the erring ones and all those not free from sin).” (Matthew p, emphasis mine)
“But the mercy of Adonai on those who fear him is from eternity past to eternity future, and his righteousness extends to his children's children, provided they keep his covenant and remember to follow his precepts.” (Psalm 103:17-18 CJB)
“FOOD FOR THE JOURNEY”
©2011 Mette Marx