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“I will cause all My goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim My Name, the Lord, in your presence.  I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion,” the Lord said to Moses.

As an elect of the Lord, the Holy Spirit, knowing the difference between mercy and compassion and sympathy allows you to know who receives mercy and who receives compassion.  More importantly, it is not our decision nor is it our choice as to who is to receive mercy and who is to receive compassion, but it is the Lord’s choice.

Sympathy is for those who are not under the covenant, as Jesus showed to the Syrophoenician woman… for when she first appealed to Him for mercy, she received nothing.  It is as if and it is that she also received no compassion, for despite her very obvious plight, the reply she received was, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” She asked for mercy and received silence and rejection… “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” When she pleaded again, “Lord, help me!” she received a reply that held no compassion either, being compared to dogs for her effort.  It was, however, when she humbled herself that she received sympathy.

Mercy is for those who have broken the law they are under, found and proven to be guilty, and spared of the sentence deserving by the Judge’s grace.  The classic example is David and Bathsheba, who were guilty of adultery and murder, but by God’s grace they received the mercy that allowed them to live to give birth to Solomon.  It is also for those who are your enemies, even sworn enemies, who become utterly defeated or hapless by some mishap that affords you the opportunity to spare them or to help them.  When the expert of the law answered Jesus’ question, “Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” and replied, “The one who had mercy on him,” he referred to the Samaritan who helped his enemy, the Jewish man who had been robbed.  So, God has mercy and compassion on whom He chooses to have mercy and compassion.  Sympathy is that which is available for those who deserve sympathy, but are neither under the covenant nor are they enemies.

When the crowds came to Jesus outside of Bethsaida, He had compassion for them and healed the sick.  Later, at the feeding of the 4,000, Jesus confessed, “I have compassion for these people…” and fed them.  The crowds around Bethsaida in Mark 6 and in the region of the Decapolis in Mark 8 were all people under the covenant of Israel – all under the Mosaic Law – and so He chose to have compassion on them, for they sought Him out.  He had mercy on the woman caught in adultery in John 8.4 because she was brought to Him… she did not seek Him out.  So, when God speaks of mercy and compassion, you will find God’s compassion is reserved for those who seek Him, and His mercy is for those who break their covenant with Him and those who are His enemies.

Your work to do what others have not done and to reveal what others have not revealed, fulfilling scriptures such as John 14.12, and the truth of disobedience, unrepentance and disbelief of even the eleven permits judgment, and judgment permits God to choose on whom He will have mercy amongst those who have deliberately broken the Covenant of the Forgiveness of Sins and compassion on those who are under the covenant but are ignorant of the magnitude of the covenant and the true value of forgiveness.  Having decided who receives His mercy and compassion within His own household, it also allows Him to cleanse the household and remove those He has chosen not to have mercy on or to withhold compassion from, as He did to Israel when they finally tried God’s patience once too often.  In Israel, those who repented received mercy and compassion, but those who stubbornly continued their rebellious ways were struck down by the plagues or wild animals of God or by nations raised against Israel… like the Arameans, Assyrians and Babylonians.  Against Sennacherib and the Assyrians, He chose not to have mercy and slaughtered them when they overstepped the mark, and Sennacherib himself was killed by his own sons.  On Nebuchadnezzar, He chose to have mercy so that when Nebuchadnezzar boasted, God only sent him mad for seven years, but yet preserved his throne until the seven years of humbling was over; and Daniel was there to preserve the throne for him until God had satisfied Himself.

Those who have knowingly violated the covenant and refused to listen to Him and obey His commands and decrees will receive mercy when they repent.  Those who have suffered because of ignorance but yet have sought Him, as the crowds had sought Him at Bethsaida and in the region of the Decapolis, will receive compassion.  Those who refuse to repent will receive neither, but we are speaking of those who call Him, “Lord, Lord.”

As for those who rejected the adulterated gospels, which are really no gospels, and so remained trapped within the religions of the world, they will be shown sympathy when in their affliction they humble themselves, like the woman humbled herself and said, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table,” and Jesus commended her for her great faith!  Against stone cold silence, open rejection and even an insult, this woman still hung onto her faith that Jesus was the only Person who could help her daughter.

So, elect, likewise learn to appreciate the greatness of the faith of those who worship cold statues that stand in silence, neither answering nor listening to their fervent requests, but yet these people are more faithful to those idols, which we lambast them about, than those who call Jesus, “Lord, Lord.”  With prayers unanswered, without signs and wonders, and made to live like dogs within their religious systems, yet they still hold onto that which has been given them to believe!  They are more zealous and jealous for their scriptures and ways, even to the shedding of blood, than those who call Jesus, “Lord, Lord.”  You might learn to see why Jesus complimented the centurions and the Canaanite woman with greatness of faith.  Even the two women with the issue of blood were told, “…your faith has healed you,” for they had been given the Law of Moses, which had they observed would have spared them their illness.  However, the centurions and the Canaanite woman had nothing given them and yet they believed, but not only believed, they honoured Jesus and humbled themselves before Him.  The two Jewish women on the other hand really did not honour Jesus, for they knew they were unclean by the law and their touching of Jesus was a defilement of Jesus by the law… so that Jesus would have become unclean Himself according to the law.  And so when asked by Jesus, “Who touched My clothes?” the latter did not reply until she realised she could not hide.

It is the greatness of the faith of those who could not believe because the gospel they heard was adulterated, preached by daughters of the prostitute, filled with half-truths and devoid of signs, wonders and miracles, but still preserved in that which was handed to them by their forefathers faithfully.  Indeed, they are modern Recabites… descendants who have “…carried out the command their forefather gave them…” Indeed, like the Recabites of Jeremiah’s days, you might correctly suspect that those who have rejected the adulterated half-truths of gospels that hold no news are more likely to “…never fail to have a man to serve Me,” as God said of Jonadab son of Recab.

So then, elect, your ability to distinguish those who should be victims of God’s mercy and compassion or recipients of His sympathy will permit you to prepare the Kingdom of Heaven and the kingdoms of the world for the arrival of Jesus, our King, through the judicial and prejudicial use of the power of the Kingdom of God.  Those whom God has chosen to have mercy and compassion upon will receive that which God has decreed; those whom God has chosen not to have mercy or compassion upon will receive that which is written for the people of God.

If they still refuse to listen even after the command has been restored, if they still refuse to carry out the command and listen, if they reject the decree so clearly spelt out – “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.  Listen to Him!” – then that which is written from Leviticus 26.14 will manifest as it is written and as it is unleashed by your word and faithfulness without a doubt.

If they abhor the laws of Jesus and fail to carry out His commands and violate the covenant that is written in His blood, forged by His suffering, then the full force of all that is written will manifest to Leviticus 26.39 until they “…confess their sins and the sins of their fathers—their treachery against Me and their hostility toward Me…”

In knowing who God will choose to have compassion and mercy on, you will know which sins are not to be forgiven so that they are not forgiven in order that the full weight of the wrath can be released without relief, just like Jerusalem felt the full weight of the fury of God through the Babylonians, leaving only a remnant so that Paul’s words – we who are still alive – would truly describe them also.

And as these days of distress are unleashed because of the continuing disobedience, unrepentance and disbelief to the commands and news of Jesus, so we must extend our sympathies to the world that is inconvenienced by this cleansing of God’s household.  It is we who have inconvenienced the world because of our lack of power stemming from our disobedience, unrepentance and disbelief of Jesus, church, not the other way around, for the blind cannot see and cannot help but walk into a pit… but woe to those who can see and still walk into the pit and lead others into it.

” ‘Woe!  Woe, O great city, where all who had ships on the sea became rich through her wealth!  In one hour she has been brought to ruin!  Rejoice over her, O Heaven!  Rejoice, saints and apostles and prophets!  God has judged her for the way she treated you,’ “ as God has declared from Heaven two millenniums ago.

But before there can be rejoicing, there must be repentance so that faith can be restored by a resurrection of obedience.  Obedience from you, elect, that would have seen you go to Bethsaida immediately or run to Galilee at Magdalene’s news, or at least repent when He appeared, will restore faith from God.  For it is not whether you have faith in God that matters, but whether God can have faith in you.  So, learn to see who really has such great faith that even Jesus was amazed and you will learn to judge correctly.

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