I am thrilled that Misty Keith is becoming quite the regular around My Messy Desk! Show her some love as she tackles another tough word in this week’s edition of WORD Nerd Wednesday!
In the Old Testament and pronounced in Hebrew, mercy is chanan (khä·nan’). It is also pronounced the same in Aramaic. Please note that there are four other forms of the word mercy found in the Old Testament, however chanan just happens to be the most commonly used.
In the New Testament, we find the word mercy pronounced in Greek and it is eleeō (e-le-e’-ō). Please also further note that there are six other forms of the word mercy found and used throughout the New Testament, however eleeo is the most common.
Mercy defined – The world’s definition of mercy differs slightly from the believer’s definition of mercy.
Mercy from a worldview perspective is defined as compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.
God’s definition of mercy as seen in the Holy Scriptures is defined as compassion and forgiveness shown towards someone who does not deserve it one bit, yet receives it.
In both definitions it is completely within the bestower’s power to punish or harm and rightfully so, however, the mercy that comes from God is good, pure, righteous and perfect. The first bestower from the worldly perspective uses clouded judgement, imperfect ways and does not always hand down mercy perfectly like God does and can or like He did to Paul at his conversion.
The mercy of God is a major theme throughout the Scriptures. We know that God showed mercy to Israel time and time again.
Jeremiah 3:12 says “Go, and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, “‘Return, faithless Israel, declares the Lord. I will not look on you in anger, for I am merciful, declares the Lord; I will not be angry forever.”
We also know that God shows mercy to us, His bride, the church. Hebrews 4:16 says “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
When I think of the word mercy, one person stands out to me as one of the greatest examples of all time. The Apostle Paul called himself the chief amongst all sinners. It has been said that Paul was present at the crucifixion of Jesus. All anyone has to do is read the countless stories of who Saul was before He was converted on the road to Damascus and became the Apostle Paul. After Paul experienced the mercy of Jesus, there was no stopping him. He set out to win souls to Christ and to show others the same mercy he was afforded.
It has been said that mercy is not getting what we do deserve which is judgement, condemnation, hell, punishment and getting what we don’t deserve, that is getting to go to heaven and spend eternity with Jesus. Every breath we breathe is at the mercy of God. Apart from Him, we can do nothing. It is also by God’s mercy that we are called, equipped and able to do what He calls us to do and be who He has called us to be.
Mercy is so similar to grace that people often intertwine the two. However, they are not the same, although they are in relation to each other. According to Got Questions, the difference between grace and mercy can be summarized as follows: “Mercy is God not punishing us as our sins deserve, and grace is God blessing us despite the fact that we do not deserve it. Mercy is deliverance from judgment. Grace is extending kindness to the unworthy.”
The scriptures are filled with the word mercy. We see mercy over 171 times in the Bible and know that mercy is the basis of all hope. Luke 1:77-78 says “To give knowledge of salvation unto His people by the remission of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us from heaven.” Without the new and fresh mercy of God, we are doomed and have no hope.
Finally, we must not forget that God shows mercy to those He wants to, when He wants to and how He wants to. That makes Him God. With that being said, He does not desire that any of us perish and therefore lavishes us with all the mercy we need to come into a loving relationship with His Son Jesus.
To finish off our study of mercy, listen to this great song: Mercy by Matt Redman
Hello, my name is Misty Ann. I am a daughter of the King of all Kings, wife to Richard, Mommy to Reagan (11 years), Kylee (8 years), and Karis Delaney (6 years). I am a teacher by trade, an encourager and up-lifter by calling and a writer by practice. I enjoy being a friend to those who will have me.
I understood from early adulthood and beyond that I would never fit. The Lord helped me to realize that He called me to stand out and because of this, I am forever grateful and at peace with how He has made me and who He has made me to be.
I will offer You my grateful heart, for I am Your unique creation, filled with wonder and awe.
You have approached even the smallest details with excellence;
Your works are wonderful;
I carry this knowledge deep within my soul. (Psalm 139:14 – The Voice)
Just A Little More About Me…..
My family and I live just outside the Austin, Texas area. I homeschool all three of my children and teach Reading for a private college in the Master’s/Credentialing program. I stay busy and enjoy the hobbies of Reading, Writing, Scrap-booking, Bible-Journaling and Running.
As a family, we attend Hill Country Bible Church. We enjoy traveling and take “family fieldtrips” often. All of life is an adventure and we are thankful for every life lesson that the Lord teaches us in the process.
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