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The Sovereignty of God’s Mercy

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In revealing His mercy to Moses, God made a strong statement declaring the sovereignty of His mercy. “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy.” [Emphasis added] In other words, “I will show mercy to anyone I choose.”  It is exhilarating to understand that God’s mercy, once granted to a person, cannot be thwarted, stymied or stopped.

By Robert E. Henson

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Romans 9:15

For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.

Here is the way in which the NLT expresses this same verse…

For God said to Moses, “I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will show compassion to anyone I choose.”

Exodus 33:18-19

18 And he said, I beseech thee, show me thy glory.

19 And he said, I will… show mercy on whom I will show mercy.

The NLT expresses verse 19 in this manner…

The LORD replied, “I will… show kindness to anyone I choose, and I will show mercy to anyone I choose.

This statement of the sovereignty of God’s mercy came in response to the request of Moses to see, or to behold, the Lord’s Glory. This expression concerning the mercy of God is the final one in this series of revelations given to Moses.

In revealing His mercy to Moses, God made a strong statement declaring the sovereignty of His mercy. “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy.” [Emphasis added] In other words, “I will show mercy to anyone I choose.”

It is exhilarating to understand that God’s mercy, once granted to a person, cannot be thwarted, stymied or stopped. It can’t be bribed, manipulated or overturned. God and His mercy cannot be intimidated, overthrown, nor defeated.

The mercy of God is all-encompassing of repented sins. It is complete and efficacious. Mercy is without prejudice. It is powerful, forgiving and cleansing. The Lord’s mercy is redeeming and life-changing.

The Fulfillment of Moses’ Request

The actual fulfillment of Moses’ request in Exodus 33 is provided in Exodus 34. Notice carefully the unfolding of the revelation.

Exodus 34:5-7

5 Now the LORD descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.

6 And the LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth,

7 keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.”

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