The Merciful - Pt 1 (Ep 3)
Who would you consider to be the fortunate in life? Is it those who are born into wealth and privilege? Is it those born with the innate ability to entertain millions while accumulating great riches? Are they those who can transform society with their great minds? Or are they merely those who have a good job, good health, and people who love them?
This is a question that Pastor Ryan is currently exploring over a series of messages on a section of Scripture known as “The Beatitudes.” In this passage, Jesus describes those whom He considers to be the truly fortunate, and the list He comes up with is unlike anything we would ever imagine. In the fifth characteristic in this list, Jesus states that the merciful are blessed: “for they shall receive mercy” – and over the past couple of days, Ryan has explained that this isn’t simply a general promise of forgiveness – a promise of grace. Rather, it’s a promise of the restoration of Israel. And the religious leaders didn’t think that the kingdom would be restored through the practice of mercy. They thought it would happen through a zealous adherence to the Law. “Blessed are the Law-keepers,” they would’ve said, “for THEY shall receive mercy.” And they would’ve based this belief on what the Old Testament taught them about the judgment of God. Well, if that’s the case, then where’s the flaw in their understanding of God’s righteousness? Why can Jesus say, “Blessed are MERCIFUL.” Pastor Ryan explains as he continues with DAY THREE of the following message entitled – “The Merciful – Part 1.”