Balking and handling…
(gently & patiently)
It’s Friday, what else am i gonna do?? Change my attitude?!(insert (or is lose)…snarky/sarcastic tone)
7/20/18 @ 3:12 p.m.
Balking and handling…
(gently & patiently)
It’s Friday, what else am i gonna do?? Change my attitude?!(insert (or is lose)…snarky/sarcastic tone)
7/20/18 @ 3:12 p.m.
The Greek “e’leos” “ἔλεος”…verb: “elee’o” (The English: “mercy”)
The Chinese/Mandarin: 怜悯 “lián min” (“mercy”)
The French: “la miséricorde divine” (“divine mercy”)
According to lexicographer Gesenius: “The primary idea seems to lie in cherishing, soothing, and in a gentle emotion of mind.” (A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament, translated by E. Robinson, 1836, p. 939) The term is closely related to the word for “womb” or can refer to “bowels,” which are affected when one feels warm and tender sympathy or pity.—Compare Isa 63:15, 16; Jer 31:20.
In the Scriptures ra·chamʹ is used only once by man toward God, the psalmist saying: “I shall have affection [form of ra·chamʹ] for you, O Jehovah my strength.” (Ps 18:1) Between humans, Joseph displayed this quality when “his inward emotions [form of ra·chamimʹ] were excited” toward his brother Benjamin and he gave way to tears. (Ge 43:29, 30; compare 1Ki 3:25, 26.) When people were subjected to the possibility of being dealt with harshly or unfeelingly by captors (1Ki 8:50; Jer 42:10-12) or by officials of superior authority (Ge 43:14; Ne 1:11; Da 1:9), they desired and prayed to become objects of pity or mercy before such ones, hence, to be treated with favor, gentleness, consideration.—Contrast Isa 13:17, 18. [my purple highlights of excerpts “Mercy” Insight, vol. 2]
I LOVE that description…”gentle emotion of mind.” …”soothing” “cherishing”… generously gentle of mind = ready to freely forgive 🙂 🙂 🙂
(Gentleness IS stronger than harshness)
Mercy then, most frequently refers, not to a negative action, a holding back (as of punishment), but to a positive action, to an expression of kind consideration or pity that brings relief to those who are disadvantaged, in need of mercy.
This is well illustrated in Jesus’ parable of the Samaritan who saw the traveler lying by the roadside, robbed and beaten. He showed himself “neighbor” to the man because, moved with pity, he “acted mercifully toward him,” treating his wounds and caring for him. (Lu 10:29-37) No forgiveness of wrongdoing or judicial proceedings were involved.
Hence, the Scriptures show that the mercifulness of Jehovah God is not a quality that comes into play only when persons are, in effect, “on trial” before him because of having committed some particular wrong. Rather, it is a characteristic quality of God’s personality, his normal way of reacting toward those in need, a facet of his love. (2Co 1:3; 1Jo 4:8) He is not like the false gods of the nations—unfeeling, noncompassionate gods. Instead, “Jehovah is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and great in loving-kindness. Jehovah is good to all, and his mercies are over all his works.” (Ps 145:8, 9; compare Ps 25:8; 104:14, 15, 20-28; Mt 5:45-48; Ac 14:15-17.) He is “rich in mercy,” and the wisdom proceeding from him is “full of mercy.” (Eph 2:4; Jas 3:17) His Son, who revealed what his Father is like (Joh 1:18), showed this by his own personality, speech, and acts. When crowds came out to hear him, and even before seeing their reaction to what he would say, Jesus was “moved with pity [form of splag·khniʹzo·mai]” because they were “skinned and thrown about like sheep without a shepherd.”—Mr 6:34; Mt 9:36; compare Mt 14:14; 15:32.
Mankind’s need. Obviously, mankind’s basic and greatest disability comes from sin, inherited from their forefather Adam. Thus, all are in dire need, in a pitiable state. Jehovah God has acted mercifully toward mankind as a whole by providing the means for them to become free from this great disability and its consequences of sickness and death. (Mt 20:28; Tit 3:4-7; 1Jo 2:2) As a merciful God, he exercises patience because “he does not desire any to be destroyed but desires all to attain to repentance.” (2Pe 3:9) Jehovah is desirous of doing good toward all, he prefers this (compare Isa 30:18, 19), he finds ‘no delight in the death of the wicked,’ and “not out of his own heart has he afflicted or does he grieve the sons of men,” as in the destruction of Judah and Jerusalem. (Eze 33:11; La 3:31-33) It is the hardheartedness of persons, their obstinacy and refusal to respond to his graciousness and mercifulness, that obliges him to take a different course toward them, causes his mercies to be “shut off” from flowing toward them.—Ps 77:9; Jer 13:10, 14; Isa 13:9; Ro 2:4-11. [my purple highlights of excerpts “Mercy” Insight, vol. 2]
Divine mercy enables all of us-disabled-fellow-fragile-life!🙂
Working with mercy…
Warning about a characteristic that works against mercy and “the kingly law” of love, James wrote: “If you continue showing favoritism, you are working a sin, for you are reproved by the law as transgressors.” (James 2:8, 9) Showing undue favor to the materially rich or to those having prominence can make us less sensitive to “the complaining cry of the lowly one.” (Proverbs 21:13) Favoritism stifles a merciful spirit. We practice mercy by treating others impartially.
Concerning the tongue, James said: “An unruly injurious thing, it is full of death-dealing poison. With it we bless Jehovah, even the Father, and yet with it we curse men who have come into existence ‘in the likeness of God.’ Out of the same mouth come forth blessing and cursing.” In this context, James added: “If you have bitter jealousy and contentiousness in your hearts, do not be bragging and lying against the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is the earthly, animal, demonic. For where jealousy and contentiousness are, there disorder and every vile thing are. But the wisdom from above is first of all chaste, then peaceable, reasonable, ready to obey, full of mercy and good fruits, not making partial distinctions, not hypocritical.”—James 3:8-10a, 14-17.
11. How can we be merciful in the use of our tongue?
11 Hence, the way we use our tongue is an indication of whether we have the wisdom that is “full of mercy.” What if because of jealousy or contentiousness we were to boast, lie, or spread harmful gossip? Psalm 94:4 states: “All the practicers of what is hurtful keep bragging about themselves.” And how quickly injurious talk can damage an innocent one’s good reputation! (Psalm 64:2-4) Moreover, think of the harm that can be done by “a false witness [who] launches forth mere lies.” (Proverbs 14:5; 1 Kings 21:7-13) After discussing the misuse of the tongue, James says: “It is not proper, my brothers, for these things to go on occurring this way.” (James 3:10b) True mercy requires that we use our tongue in a chaste, peaceable, and reasonable way. Jesus said: “I tell you that every unprofitable saying that men speak, they will render an account concerning it on Judgment Day.” (Matthew 12:36) How important it is that we be merciful in the use of our tongue!
Freely giving what is inside… us…:) (what am i full of? lol;)…bologna(baloney)?? hot air?? -lol:))
Why should we work to increase the influence that mercy has on our lives?
18 “Give as gifts of mercy the things that are inside,” said Jesus. (Luke 11:41) For a good deed to be an act of true mercy, it must be a gift that comes from inside—from a loving and willing heart. (2 Corinthians 9:7) In a world where harshness, selfishness, and a lack of concern about the suffering and problems of others are the norm, how refreshing such mercy is! [above excerpts Practice Mercy–How? W 07]
A living “proof” — depth of a full love… is a full forgiveness…:)… (and may be a shoulder to cry on;))
7/6/18 @ 6:01 p.m.
The Greek eʹle·os conveys some of the sense of the Hebrew ra·chamimʹ. Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words says: “ELEOS (ἔλεος) ‘is the outward manifestation of pity; it assumes need on the part of him who receives it, and resources adequate to meet the need on the part of him who shows it.’” The verb (e·le·eʹo) generally conveys the idea of feeling “sympathy with the misery of another, and especially sympathy manifested in act.” (1981, Vol. 3, pp. 60, 61) Hence, the blind, the demon-possessed, the leprous, or those whose children were afflicted were among those who evoked eʹle·os, the expression of mercy, pity. (Mt 9:27; 15:22;17:15; Mr 5:18, 19; Lu 17:12, 13) In response to the plea, “Have mercy on us,” Jesus performed miracles relieving such ones. He did so, not in a routine, apathetic way, but “moved with pity” (Mt 20:31, 34), the Gospel writer here using a form of the verb splag·khniʹzo·mai, which is related to splagʹkhna,literally meaning “intestines.” (Ac 1:18) This verb expresses the feeling of pity, whereas eʹle·os refers to the active manifestation of such pity, hence an act of mercy. [my purple highlights of excerpts “Mercy” Insight, vol. 2]
being moved/moving = active manifestation…(of mercy)
question for reflection:
what’s moving me??
i’ve just updated the missing music…from post linked “proof” btw.
Good Afternoon Birdies:)… aka Respected Readers in need of an afternoon/evening/dusk/dawn or morning snack -lol:) Thank You for reading (1)..(2)…(3)…picking up topic of who could provide/qualify to atone once for all time for the Hebrews (and all of humankind)…
The Messiah… what do the Holy Writings/Sacred Scriptures say…
“A prophet I shall raise up for them from the midst of their brothers, like you.”— Deuteronomy 18:18.
Samples of progressive details…
What did God promise Abraham about the Messiah?
God told faithful Abraham that the Messiah—the promised “seed”—would be one of his descendants. “By means of your seed all nations of the earth will certainly bless themselves due to the fact that you have listened to my voice.”— Genesis 22:18.
What did God tell Isaac?
God reiterated to Isaac the promise He had made to Abraham: “I will carry out the sworn statement that I swore to Abraham your father, ‘. . . by means of your seed all nations of the earth will certainly bless themselves.’”—Genesis 26: 3, 4.
What did Moses say about the Messiah?
When Israel was about to enter the Land of Promise, Moses told the nation: “A prophet from your own midst, from your brothers, like me, is what Jehovah your God will raise up for you—to him you people should listen.”— Deuteronomy 18:15.
What did God promise David about the Messiah?
“I shall certainly raise up your seed after you, which will come out of your inward parts; and I shall indeed firmly establish his kingdom. . . . Your very throne will become one firmly established to time indefinite.”—2 Samuel 7:12. 16.
“I myself shall place him as firstborn, the most high of the kings of the earth. To time indefinite I shall preserve my loving-kindness toward him, and my covenant will be faithful to him. And I shall certainly set up his seed forever and his throne as the days of heaven.”— Psalm 89:27-29[89:28-30, TNK].
How did the prophet Jeremiah confirm these promises?
“‘I shall make sprout for David a righteous sprout,’ . . . for this is what Jehovah has said, ‘There will not be cut off in David’s case a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel.’”— Jeremiah 33:15, 17. [excerpted reading: “How Can You Have A Happy Life?” Section 15: What Do The Scriptures Say About The Messiah?]
Please be sure to return for more birdseed…:)
11/28/17 @ 6:12 p.m.
Greetings Fellow-Hunger-er, Fellow-Fragile-Life, Fellow-Beautiful-Breathing-Fragile-Life…Fellow-Reader…Fellow-Eater…Fellow-Forgiver…aka Fellow-Hungry Birdie aka Respected Reader!:)…a mouth full, huh?…;) Hopefully, respectfully addressing You:) Birdies/Any Readers/Stoppers- by here…(in this manner is not offensive, however, sorry IF it is)… (FY: i happen to appreciate/love/like/am intrigued by Birds of various feathers IF You are a Regular Reader, You may know that already?) welcoming and inviting You Curious Birdie to read on… aka accept more bird seed(s)… in order to fully digest aka understand this particular post, You probably should consume… the previous two posts…(1) and (2)…Thanks!
Offender, offenders, offense, offenses… forgiveness, forgiver…forgiving freely…
“Not one of them can by any means redeem even a brother . . . that he should still live forever.”—PSALM 49:7, 9 [49:8, 10, TNK].
Could anyone today offer the sacrifices required by the Law?
Since the temple and priesthood no longer exist, it is not possible to offer the sacrifices required by the Law for the atonement of sins. But God has not left us without hope. The Scriptures point to a permanent solution, “a new covenant,” by means of which Jehovah promises: “I shall forgive their error, and their sin I shall remember no more.” By means of this “new covenant,” God provides the basis for forgiving all of our sins forever.—Jeremiah 31:31-34.
A common progenitor…”Adam”
How did Adam’s sin affect us?
When Adam rebelled against God, he lost the prospect of endless life. (Genesis 3:17-19 “ And to Adam*(Meaning “Earthling Man; Mankind; Humankind.”) he said: “Because you listened to your wife’s voice and ate from the tree concerning which I gave you this command, ‘You must not eat from it,’ cursed is the ground on your account. In pain you will eat its produce all the days of your life. 18 It will grow thorns and thistles for you, and you must eat the vegetation of the field. 19 In the sweat of your face you will eat bread*(or food) until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken. For dust you are and to dust you will return.” ) As our common progenitor, Adam could pass on to us only imperfection and death. In effect, he is responsible for the death of all his children.
If a criminal deliberately murdered someone you love, could he satisfy justice by sacrificing a bull?
The Law did not permit making an animal sacrifice for willful murder. (Numbers 35:31 “You must take no ransom for the life(*”soul”) of a murderer who is deserving to die, for he should be put to death without fail. ) No animal’s life is worth as much as a man’s. The sinner would have to pay with his own life.
So, then, what kind of sacrifice could cover Adam’s sin so that Jehovah (God/Yahweh) could forgive people and ‘remember their sins no more’?
An equal exchange is required—‘soul for soul,’ that is, life for life. (Deuteronomy 19:21) Nothing less than a perfect human life—like Adam’s life before he sinned—could balance the scales of justice. Only someone with such a perfect life, uncontaminated by sin inherited from Adam, could provide the atoning sacrifice. (Psalm 49:7-9 “None of them can redeem a brother Or give to God a ransom for him, 8 (The ransom* (redemption) price for their life*(or “soul”) is so precious That it is always beyond their reach); 9 That he should live forever and not see the pit. *(“grave”)[49:8-10, TNK]) Only God could produce such a perfect life, without a human father, as He did when he created Adam.—Genesis 2:7.
Who alone could present himself as an atoning sacrifice?
Only the Messiah could be the atoning sacrifice. He will indeed come as a Deliverer. (Genesis 3:15 15 And I will put enmity*(“hostility”) between you and the woman and between your offspring*(lit. “seed”) and her offspring.*(lit. “seed”) He will crush*(Or “bruise; strike.”) your head, and you will strike*(Or “bruise; strike.”) him in the heel.” ; Psalm 2:2, 8 “ 2 The kings of the earth take their stand And high officials gather together*(Or “take counsel together.”) as one) 8 Ask of me, and I will give nations as your inheritance.” But first, he must provide a perfect “guilt offering”—a complete covering for our sins, both inherited and committed.—Leviticus 7:1 “‘This is the law of the guilt offering: It is something most holy. ; Isaiah 53:6, 10 6 Like sheep we have all wandered about, Each has turned his own way, And Jehovah has caused the error of us all to meet up with him.” 10 But it was Jehovah’s will*(Or “But Jehovah took delight.”) to crush him, and he let him become sick. If you will present his life*(Or “soul.”) as a guilt offering, He will see his offspring,*(lit. “seed”) he will prolong his days, And through him the delight*(Or “will; good pleasure.”) of Jehovah will have success.”
[excerpted reading: How Can You Have a Happy Life? Section 14 Why Do We Need a Better Sacrifice?]
In summary, all of us humans have a common progenitor… father… Adam, we were suppose to inherit not big money from our fore-father… but BIG LIFE aka perfect life eternal … He selfishly chose to do what was good for him and this resulted in us inheriting death/misery instead, yikes!! We are mess-ups and mess- makers cause our first father made a mess of things… forfeited/lost Eden.
However, not all is eternally lost… the Holy Writings/Sacred Scriptures speak of a “spiritual” paradise…(oh, and spiritual “Israelites” too)…
stay alert for more on topic(s)… Hungry Birdies (4)
(draft 11/17/17) 11/20/17 @ 7:27 p.m. edited /published @7:31 p.m.