THE EXTREME MERCIES OF ELOHIM
Over and over, the Old Testament portrays the extreme mercies of Elohim. Elohim would instruct the kings and the people about what He required of them and time after time, they rebelled and disobeyed. When they obeyed, they were blessed and happy, when they disobeyed, they were left to reap the results of what they had sown. Today, we read about all this in the Scriptures and shake our heads and wonder, “What were they thinking?” Couldn’t they learn? How could they be so dense? And yet we find the attitude of people today much as it was back then. Human nature never changes. “There is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Without the Spirit of Elohim doing its work of transformation in our hearts, we are powerless to subdue the fallen nature of man, and we keep repeating the sins of the past. “The blood of Yahushua cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:9), and the Spirit of Elohim brings us power so that we may overcome even the most faulty of our character defects.
There are seasons in our lives that we just don’t understand why we have to endure a specific trial or tribulation. How could an Elohim of love and mercy permit me to be so overwhelmed with anguish and grief? 1 Corinthians 13:12 tells us, “For now we see through a glass darkly, but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known." There is no need to question Elohim as the ancient Hebrews did. We have the benefit of seeing their failures as recorded in the Scriptures and should be much the wiser in our walk of faith.
We give thanks that Yahuwah is such an Elohim of mercy and grace and deals with us patiently and tenderly as little children. But let us not be as Israel of old and presume upon the mercies of our heavenly Father and trample those mercies underfoot by being presumptuous.
"And the times of this ignorance Elohim winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent: Because He hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that Man whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead" (Acts 17:30-31).