Monday, April 11, 2011 8:32 AM


Monday, April 11, 2011 8:32 AM
Monday, April 11, 2011 8:32 AM

The word “Mercy” is the heart of the Gospel and the following definition shows that mercy has as much to do with love, compassion, and God’s goodness as it does with forgiveness.  When God said that He would let all of His “goodness pass before Moses”, He was actually saying that Moses would see all of His love.

 [racham /raw·kham/]; 47 occurrences; AV translates as “… mercy” 32 times, “… compassion” eight times, “pity” three times, “love” once, “merciful” once, “Ruhamah” once, and “surely” once.

1 to love, love deeply, have mercy, be compassionate, have tender affection, have compassion, to have compassion, be compassionate, be shown compassion, be compassionate.[1]

Racham is also used in God’s promise to declare His name to Moses: “I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy” (Exod. 33:19). So men pray: “Remember, O Lord, thy tender mercies and thy loving-kindnesses” (Ps. 25:6); and Isaiah prophesies messianic restoration: “… With great mercies will I gather thee.… But with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, says the Lord thy Redeemer” (Isa. 54:7-8). This is the heart of salvation by the suffering Servant-Messiah.  [2]

[1] Strong, J. (1996). The exhaustive concordance of the Bible : Showing every word of the text of the common English version of the canonical books, and every occurrence of each word in regular order. (electronic ed.). Ontario: Woodside Bible Fellowship.

[2] Vine, W. E., Unger, M. F., & White, W. (1996). Vol. 1: Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (43). Nashville, TN: T. Nelson.

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