“But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee” (Genesis 6:18).TEXT — Genesis 6:8-22
Mercy, love and justice are eminent qualities of God that never cease to amaze humanity in their long and chequered history. For every epoch in our existence, mercy, love and judgment have always been essential accompaniments. It demonstrates an African adage that as a parent disciplines a child with one hand, he or she readies the other to draw the child close in love.
When the Lord decided to judge the world at the time of Noah, having found their waywardness to be extreme, He worked out a plan to be merciful to Noah and his family, together with a few animals. He hid them in a big vessel to shield them from the global flood commanded to destroy every living thing.
Where there is a breach of the laid down laws of the Almighty, it is impossible for Him not to intervene to set things right. In the process, He will spare the just but mete out proportionate punishment to the unrepentant wicked. He does so in order to prevent the destruction of the works of His hands by those who have signed up in the army of the devil. He then establishes a covenant with the chosen few as He does with those who have received Christ as their Saviour.
In the current phase of our history, with unmitigated worldwide depravity against the norm, God is warning that He will soon put a stop to this run of rot. He will send His Son Jesus Christ to the world to judge His enemies; but there will be mercy and love for those who honour Him, as they keep His commandments and stay off the unfruitful works of darkness and unrighteousness.
Thought for the day
Our God of mercy is also a consuming fire.
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- 2 KINGS 14 – 15