Blessed are the Merciful

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King Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon was exposed to Daniel for some time. Not just Daniel but Daniel as God. He experienced the fiery furnace ordeal and was acquainted with Jesus who came into that fiery furnace and preserved the life of the three young worthies. Nebuchadnezzar was very impressed with the Hebrew God to the point where he made a decree that everybody had to worship Him. Nebuchadnezzar experienced the power of God in telling the dream of Daniel to Nebuchadnezzar. He saw the failure of his own religion, his sorceress and soothsayers and so on but Daniel and the God of heaven time and time again proved to Nebuchadnezzar that all power does lie in heaven. As all this happened, there was still an issue with King Nebuchadnezzar. That issue was pride.

Daniel 4:27 Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by showing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquility.

There was a council to be given to Nebuchadnezzar and if he went along with this council it would have lengthened his tranquility. That tells us that he was already enjoying tranquility. He was absolute monarchy. There was no rival. It was quite peaceful. Battles had been won, Babylon city had been established, wealth was there and he was just enjoying his tranquility. But as he was enjoying everything he admired what he had accomplished as a king, from an earthly point of view he did it. He went and fought Nineveh under his father’s rule. He beat Nineveh the Syrian empire. He took on other nations and took on Jerusalem and got all of Solomon’s gold. He did all these things. The typical mind is, ‘look what I have done.’ Before he got to this point of exalting himself in pride, he had a dream. God gave him a dream. This is recorded in Daniel.

Daniel 4:4-7 I Nebuchadnezzar was at rest in mine house, and flourishing in my palace:  5I saw a dream which made me afraid, and the thoughts upon my bed and the visions of my head troubled me.  6 Therefore made I a decree to bring in all the wise [men] of Babylon before me, that they might make known unto me the interpretation of the dream.  7 Then came in the magicians, the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers: and I told the dream before them; but they did not make known unto me the interpretation thereof.

He had been in this situation before. The difference between this dream and the dream of Daniel 2, was the emphasis on his fear. He is in tranquility, in this palace flourishing and then he has this dream. This dream makes him really afraid.

What is interesting about the dream of Daniel 2, was that Nebuchadnezzar didn’t know what the dream was. Could his magicians answer the interpretations? No. If Nebuchadnezzar could tell the dream of Daniel 2, would the soothsayers try and give interpretation to him? Here he is having a dream and he remembers the dream. He calls his magicians and soothsayers and says; this is the dream, now just tell me the interpretation. The Bible doesn’t say they couldn’t. They didn’t say it. When you read the dream, I am sure that even if you are not a magician you could probably work out what the dream was meaning but they would not tell him what it meant. Because they would not tell him what it meant:

Daniel 4:8 But at the last Daniel came in before me, whose name [was] Belteshazzar, according to the name of my god, and in whom [is] the spirit of the holy gods: and before him I told the dream, [saying],  9 O Belteshazzar, master of the magicians, because I know that the spirit of the holy gods [is] in thee, and no secret troubleth thee, tell me the visions of my dream that I have seen, and the interpretation thereof.  10 Thus [were] the visions of mine head in my bed; I saw, and behold, a tree in the midst of the earth, and the height thereof [was] great.  11 The tree grew, and was strong, and the height thereof reached unto heaven, and the sight thereof to the end of all the earth:  12  The leaves thereof [were] fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it [was] meat for all: the beasts of the field had shadow under it, and the fowls of the heaven dwelt in the boughs thereof, and all flesh was fed of it.  13  I saw in the visions of my head upon my bed, and, behold, a watcher and an holy one came down from heaven;  14  He cried aloud, and said thus, Hew down the tree, and cut off his branches, shake off his leaves, and scatter his fruit: let the beasts get away from under it, and the fowls from his branches: 15 Nevertheless leave the stump of his roots in the earth, even with a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and [let] his portion [be] with the beasts in the grass of the earth:  16  Let his heart be changed from man’s, and let a beast’s heart be given unto him: and let seven times pass over him.  17  This matter [is] by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.

Do you think there is much mystery over what this meant? The watcher and the holy one was Jesus Christ. That can be established in Daniel 10 with the work of Gabriel and Michael – this power that made the decrees and accomplished the event on earth. Here we see that this dream is very plain. Part of the dream that Nebuchadnezzar is telling Daniel is what was revealed in Daniel 2’s vision in the interpretation by Daniel; that you will know that God rules in the kingdoms of this world.

Daniel 4:18 This dream I king Nebuchadnezzar have seen. Now thou, O Belteshazzar, declare the interpretation thereof, forasmuch as all the wise [men] of my kingdom are not able to make known unto me the interpretation: but thou [art] able; for the spirit of the holy gods [is] in thee.  19  Then Daniel, whose name [was] Belteshazzar, was astonied for one hour, and his thoughts troubled him.

You’ve got to remember that the magicians who heard all these would not answer the dream. Daniel hears it and for one hour he can’t speak. The actual atmosphere that this would have created for the person who was going to tell the bad news to the king, you would have thought that you would be dead after this. Telling this sort of dream, what it really meant and what was the king’s response; does Daniel hesitate? He stops for one hour but he does not withhold the interpretation.

Daniel  4:19 The king spake, and said, Belteshazzar, let not the dream, or the interpretation thereof, trouble thee. Belteshazzar answered and said, My lord, the dream [be] to them that hate thee, and the interpretation thereof to thine enemies.  20The tree that thou sawest, which grew, and was strong, whose height reached unto the heaven, and the sight thereof to all the earth;  21Whose leaves [were] fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it [was] meat for all; under which the beasts of the field dwelt, and upon whose branches the fowls of the heaven had their habitation:  22  It [is] thou, O king, that art grown and become strong: for thy greatness is grown, and reacheth unto heaven, and thy dominion to the end of the earth.  23  And whereas the king saw a watcher and an holy one coming down from heaven, and saying, Hew the tree down, and destroy it; yet leave the stump of the roots thereof in the earth, even with a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and [let] his portion [be] with the beasts of the field, till seven times pass over him; 24This [is] the interpretation, O king, and this [is] the decree of the most High, which is come upon my lord the king:  25  That they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.  26  And whereas they commanded to leave the stump of the tree roots; thy kingdom shall be sure unto thee, after that thou shalt have known that the heavens do rule.  27  Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by showing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquillity.

Nebuchadnezzar had grown and his head had reached heaven. His pride had grown so much that he was going to be cut down. Daniel gives counsel to the king. What does Daniel tell the king to do? Break off your sins. How? Have you ever wondered how I break off my sins? The hardest thing to do is to break sin. The sin that Nebuchadnezzar had, you would almost say it was incurable and humanly speaking indeed it was. Here come the words from the prophet saying, if you want to break this hideous sin, he does it by showing mercy to the poor. What does showing mercy have to do with my own brain function?

Daniel  4:28-31  All this came upon the king Nebuchadnezzar.  29  At the end of twelve months he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon.  30  The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?  31  While the word [was] in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, [saying], O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee.

What happened to King Nebuchadnezzar? For the next seven years he went insane. His human powers were taken away and just the animal passions were left. His reasoning powers had gone and he became like the beast of the field. Had he obeyed the requirements of Daniel? Was his tranquility extended? No.

2 Timothy 1:7  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

The gospel produces healthy thinking to the human brain. The word ‘sound’ is the same as health. A healthy mind comes from the gospel. He didn’t give us fear. What is Nebuchadnezzar fearing? Here he is flourishing in his palace. He is thinking all about himself and what he has accomplished. He gets the dream and he is afraid. Does he make that fear an avenue to turn back to God? He could have but he didn’t. Then he lost his sound mind. Selfishness and pride creates mental disease. Mercy is a remedy to fix the mental disease.

Erroneous Influences of Self-exaltation on the Mind

So deep is the impression of self-exaltation in the human heart, so great the desire for human power, that with many mind and heart and soul become absorbed with the idea of ruling and commanding. Nothing can destroy this ruinous influence upon the human mind but seeking the Lord for heavenly eyesight. Only the power of divine grace can make man understand his true position and accomplish for him the work essential to be wrought in the heart.–Lt 412, 1907.  {1MCP 274.1}

Self-exaltation leaves a deep expression upon the human brain. What it leads to is fear because Nebuchadnezzar had everything going for him; but the mind starts thinking oh, it is going to come to an end. It will be finishing. It starts making you afraid and you start getting possessive and trying to hold the control. That whole mind exercise damages the brain entirely. Daniel sends a message and says if you will break off your sins by righteousness and your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor. It is interesting how Babylon was built.

Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy – is one of the heavens unchanging laws. If the king would show mercy to the poor, God would show mercy to him. Nebuchadnezzar had grown careless in the administrating of justice. During his vast building enterprises he had enslaved and oppressed the poor. Many who were captives including Daniel’s fellow captives, the Jews, the Babylonian task masters had been as cruel as with the slave drivers of Pharaoh in Egypt. The very loyal palace in which the king rested and flourished had been built and luxury furnished by slave labor.

The Book of Daniel

His whole self-exaltation was achieved by taking advantage of other people. Here the Lord is saying, if you want to break off your sins, if you want to keep your mind sane, you better start doing the opposite. Start caring for the poor.

Fasting

Do you believe in fasting? Is it a good thing to do? Sure, there is a spiritual benefit in fasting. It keeps the mind focused in its needs of whatever you are accomplishing and makes you disciplined and shows an intensity of desire.

Isaiah 58:6  [Is] not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?  7  [Is it] not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?  8  Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward.

What is Jesus saying in this text? You want spiritual advancement? Then you need to consider how you treat other people. You need to consider how you are helping other people. If we get so absorbed in our enterprises and what we are trying to do and how we can mistreat other people because of my own selfishness, then I have a mental disease coming already underway and I can lose my mind. The gospel is to give me a sound mind. The king could have had a sound mind by obeying Daniel’s request – break off your sins and iniquity by showing mercy.

What is mercy? It is doing things to people when they don’t deserve it. That is mercy. If someone deserves it, it is not mercy. It is duty. If someone does something for you and you want to pay them back or do something kind in return, that is not being merciful. It is being dutiful. If someone comes and fixes my car and then I give them a hundred dollars, have I been kind to him? No, I just paid my bill. There is no extension of what I should have done. Christ’s Sermon on the Mount was if someone asks you to go one mile, what does Christ say? Go with him two because the second mile is called mercy. The first one isn’t. Go the extra step in treating somebody in a way that will benefit them even if it costs you. Something will happen to your mind if you can honestly do it. It will challenge the selfishness side of us.

Here it says; is not this the fast that I have chosen? Then it lists the whole sort of dealing our bread to the hungry and practical actions that involve people around who we can easily help. Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily. Do you want to get a sound mind? It is impossible to do without exercising mercy. We cannot ever receive the benefit of the gospel while we do not exercise mercy.

When I look at the prophecy of Daniel 4 and out of all of the book of Daniel 4 is probably the one I have read the least. Right there in this chapter that I often skip straight over, is this gold nugget of how to recover mentally. To a king who is so proud and who is on the verge of insanity, the only reason he hadn’t gone insane was that Christ was still giving him a sound mind. But when the time came when Christ said, I will take it away from you, all you are left with is the animal nature of mankind, when there is a time of trouble such as never was, what will play out in all mankind when the Holy Spirit is withdrawn? They will do what happened to Nebuchadnezzar – just to be animalistic. You can see that happening. Who wants to be animalistic? What do you need to do according to the prophecy of Daniel the book for the last days? Exercise mercy.

You can ask the Lord; where can I be merciful? Where can I exercise your mercy that you have given to me? Did the story of Simon and Mary (when Mary anointed Jesus’ feet with oil), did Simon exercise mercy? No. Should he? Absolutely! This is a present truth that we need to consider today.

James 2:12,13  So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.  13  For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath showed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.

Do you believe that you are living in the investigative judgment? If you really believe that you live in the time of the investigative judgment, do you desire God to be merciful to you? Do you want Him to be very willing to pass over your mistake? Then the solution is how you treat others. If you want to live in the way of being judged according to a good outcome, then you want to start finding every merciful thing you can do and do it out of the love of Christ. That requires a heart change. Christ can give that. That brings me to; when I start helping someone or being merciful it challenges my own nature, I have to come to the Lord and say, Lord, give me the genuine love for this soul so that I can be merciful as you are merciful to me.

Luke 6:36  Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

We are familiar with the text that says, be ye perfect, as your Father in heaven is perfect. This text says, be ye merciful, as your Father in heaven is merciful. There is the degree of what style of mercy I should have. You must think, ‘should I forgive somebody that has hurt me so many time?’ Then the text comes; be merciful as your Father is merciful. How many times has God forgiven you? We need to dwell in God’s mercy to me in order for me to replicate the mercy that He has shown me from me to others. When I dwell on God’s mercy to me, that is the mind remedy. It is very healthy to think like that. Then when I have thought how merciful God is merciful to me, then I look at the actions of other people to me, what sort of thinking do you have? Compassionate and merciful.

If you don’t, you haven’t looked at God’s mercy to you long enough. You have to go back and say, ‘Lord I really don’t want to be merciful to this person. I need to see your mercy to me. Show it to me. The Lord can reveal what we deserve, the condition we are in. the story with Nebuchadnezzar didn’t end negative. He went insane for seven years but he was converted from that for good. His pride was fixed from that. Sometimes it may take a seven year hell for us to be fixed. God can do it if we are willing. But if we reject Him on every level, then there is no remedy. If you reject the remedy then there is no remedy.

Matthew  5:7  Blessed [are] the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

I believe we need to err on the side of mercy. If ever you are not sure about something, how should you treat somebody? Just err on the side of mercy; and it is probably not even erring anyway. Even if it is, if you are going to make a mistake make it on the side of mercy not on the side of judgment because if you’ve made a mistake but you’ve made it on the side of mercy, God will be merciful to that mistake. Happy are they who are merciful.

What does God require from me? Shall I give heaps of rams and heaps of offering? Should I put lots of money in to the poor fund? What should I do to make God happy?

Micah 6:8 He hath showed thee, O man, what [is] good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

It is interesting it doesn’t say do mercy and love justice. It says do justice but love mercy. It is such a beautiful text. That is what God requires. If we can meet that in the time of investigative judgment, we will find a positive outcome. If we have issues, if we have selfish issues that we have to deal with, mercy will help us deal with it. That is what Daniel told Nebuchadnezzar; break off your iniquity by showing mercy.

Selfish interest must ever be made subordinate; for if given room to act, it becomes a controlling power which contracts the intellect, hardens the heart, and weakens the moral power. Then disappointment comes. The man has divorced himself from God and sold himself to unworthy pursuits. He cannot be happy, for he cannot respect himself. He has lowered himself in his own estimation. He is an intellectual failure.–MS 21, 1899.  {1MCP 271.2}

If I am so selfish I become less intelligent. My heart gets hardened and I weaken the moral power.

Selfishness is the want [lack] of Christlike humility, and its existence is the bane of human happiness, the cause of human guilt, and it leads those who cherish it to make shipwreck of faith.–Lt 28, 1888.  {1MCP 271.3}

Where does depression come from? There are many causes but selfishness is something that I get my human guilt from, it wrecks my happiness and I become shipwreck of faith. I can’t trust the word of God.

Today, as in Christ’s day, Satan rules the minds of many. Oh, that his terrible, fearful work could be discerned and resisted! Selfishness has perverted principles, selfishness has confused the senses and clouded the judgment. {1MCP 272.1}

Can you judge right when you are not merciful? You can’t make correct judgment. When we are too selfish, too self-centred our judgments on other people and other scenarios will be wrong. My judgment will be blurred and my senses confused. I want to present before you today that the major mind cure that our world needs is mercy.

2 Timothy  3:1,2  This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  2  For men shall be lovers of their own selves…

It sounds like Nebuchadnezzar. Nebuchadnezzar had amazing things presented before him but they didn’t change his pride. We can have exercise a faith in religion and experience God’s power in various ways and yet selfishness hasn’t been dealt with yet. We are living in perilous times where men are lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God. I believe the words of Daniel are of recommendation of what he said; if my council will be acceptable before thee break off your sins by righteousness and your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor. That is a last days text to a time when men are lovers of their own self.

2 Timothy  3:4    …lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

Philippians 2:3,4  [Let] nothing [be done] through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.  4  Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

How do you esteem someone better than yourself? If you are good at something, just say you’ve got a trade and you are the only person with that trade do you have to think that other people could do your trade better than you could? That is not what it is talking about. It is talking about the value of the person. Jesus presented a parable; the parable was two debtors. One had a large amount and the other had a small amount. The person who thinks themselves better puts himself with the person who has a less debt. Why value is on how much I am indebted go God? We have all sinned. We are all indebted to God.

We have a thing in our mind that we evaluate who is worse than others. If I am not sensitive of my own failures, I will naturally without even thinking just place myself in the category with a smaller debt than other people. Now I will see a person who I recognise. ‘Yes, they have got a big debt. Like Simon to Mary. Did Simon esteem himself better than Mary? Did he fulfil Philippians 2:3? He didn’t. Was he a greater sinner than Mary? Which was the biggest sin – harlotry or religious pride? Religious pride is a greater sin according to God as mentioned then harlotry. If he was sensitive to the mercy God had shown him he had the ability to esteem someone else better than him. It all hinges on estimating God’s mercy to you correctly. That is how you fulfil this text. If I can show mercy to others I first have to see the mercy that God has shown me. Therefore I will fulfil this text.

Philippians 2:3,4  [Let] nothing [be done] through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.  4  Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

Don’t get caught up with your own selfish problems and trials to the point where you can’t help anybody. The text is calling us to get out of ourselves/selfishness and to go out and help somebody who needs help. That will help me if I can do that. How can I do that? I first need to appreciate the mercy God has shown me. That gives me the ability to do that.

Then he says, let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus. What sort of mind did He have? A merciful mind.

Mercy is an attribute that the human agent may share with God. As did Christ, so man may lay hold on the divine arm and be in communication with divine power. To us has been given a service of mercy to perform for our fellow man. In performing this service, we are laboring together with God. We do well, then, to be merciful, even as our Father in heaven is merciful.  {HP 238.2

“I will have mercy,” God says, “and not sacrifice” (Matthew 9:13). Mercy is kind, pitiful. Mercy and the love of God purify the soul, beautify the heart, and cleanse the life from selfishness. Mercy is a manifestation of divine love and is shown by those who, identified with God, serve Him by reflecting the light of heaven upon the pathway of their fellow creatures. The condition of many persons calls for the exercise of genuine mercy. Christians, in their dealing with one another, are to be controlled by principles of mercy and love. They are to improve every opportunity for helping fellow beings in distress. . . .  {HP 238.3}

We are in the investigative judgment. We need to have purified lives. Mercy will purify my soul. Could it have purified Nebuchadnezzar’s soul? Yes, absolutely. That is what Daniel told him. Break off your iniquity by showing mercy. Often we wonder, how can I overcome sin? It is a big question to Christians today. Mercy is an indispensable part of overcoming sin.

There is another statement that says that it is only by socialising with other people that we can benefit them. Going to people and seeing what they need, rubbing shoulders with people, broadening not just within but rubbing shoulders with people even if they are not believers for the purpose of showing mercy. Not to copy them and be worldly. You cannot do that. You can never copy somebody in their breaking of the commandments or support and condone the wrong; but you can show mercy.

If you go to the doctor, he checks your condition and calls for the remedy. God would come to us and say the condition of many people calls for the exercise of genuine mercy. Maybe if you are looking for remedy in your life, today this is what God has to say to us. He is saying, I call for the remedy of genuine mercy to be practiced in your life to break off your iniquity and to break off your sins just like Nebuchadnezzar had to do.

Let those who desire to perfect a Christlike character ever keep in view the cross on which Christ died a cruel death in order to redeem mankind. Let them ever cherish the same merciful spirit that led the Saviour to make an infinite sacrifice for our redemption. . . .  {HP 238.4}

The merciful “shall obtain mercy” (Matthew 5:7). “The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself” (Proverbs 11:25). There is sweet peace for the compassionate spirit, a blessed satisfaction in the life of self-forgetful service for the good of others.  {HP 238.5}

It is not merciful where we go around helping other people them what I have done just to boast about it of what I have achieved in helping others. Is that selfish? It is not genuine mercy. I am only helping others to get brownie points or what I think people will think, ‘wow, that guy is a good missionary and so on and so forth. Self forgetfulness is you do it and you don’t reflect on the fact of what you have done. You just look for another opportunity. Look for opportunities to reflect how God has treated you and treat someone else the same way. I am thankful for what God has done for me and I want to express that thankfulness in replicating that goodness to other people. One might think, ‘no one is merciful to me.’ Is God merciful to you? That is all we have to think about. Don’t think about other people not being merciful to you. What you have to dwell upon is God’s mercy to you and then exercise that mercy to even the people that you are disappointed with.

He who has given his life to God in ministry to His children is linked with Him who has all the resources of the universe at His command. By the golden chain of the immutable promises his life is bound up with the life of God. The Lord will not fail him in the hour of suffering and need. “My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). And in the hour of final need the merciful shall find refuge in the mercy of the compassionate Saviour and by Him shall be received into everlasting habitations.  {HP 238.6}

You think of the time of trouble. Do you want God to have mercy on you? In the hour of final need think of it like, what are you planting? What will you be reaping in so many years from now? Will we be reaping mercy because we have started to sow mercy?

The following is such an important text for us who live in this time.

James  2:12,13  So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.  13  For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath showed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.

I pray that the Lord can open our eyes to see where we can through His guidance to exercise mercy to other people. We don’t have to go out and start a big organisation of welfare necessarily to fulfil this merciful action. This is where God can point out to me the areas where I can be of service to Him in helping even if I don’t get a reward from them, like, I will only witness to this person if eventually they will come to church. If they don’t come to church I will not waste my time with them. Did Jesus do that? He healed ten lepers. How many were genuine to come back and thank Him? One. Could He have thought, I am only going to heal the one because he is the only one who will respond to this kindness? Is that Christ’s mercy? He healed all ten and only one came back to thank Him but He still healed the ten.

When we view how God exercises mercy when He was here on earth, we will get a good glimpse of how we need to act. Did Christ go to the same person everyday of the week just to help them and get bogged down with one person? No. He helped them. He pointed them to the Lord and then had to go and help others. This is not suggesting that you get bound down by one person but where God leads the way we are to serve Him in the ministry. If that is for one person for a lengthy period of time, so be it and if it is not then we need to be flexible to how God is leading us to show mercy to others. If I have a trial in my life and having conflict with people err on the side of mercy. It is my prayer that we can do what Nebuchadnezzar didn’t do.

Nebuchadnezzar’s writing on the Bible

Nebuchadnezzar didn’t exercise that mercy that Daniel told him to do. He ended up suffering for seven years but after that God was still merciful to him. God didn’t have to be but He was.

Daniel 4:34-37  And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion [is] an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom [is] from generation to generation:  35  And all the inhabitants of the earth [are] reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and [among] the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?  36  At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me.  37  Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works [are] truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.

May the Lord help us to appreciate what Nebuchadnezzar appreciated without necessarily going through his experience but the Lord will have His way. It is my prayer we can be merciful to all around.

Amen.

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