God's Mercies Are Very Great

Mercy is the compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one's power to punish or harm. Some synonyms of mercy are compassion, grace, and forgiveness. People think God is just this evil tyrant who is cruel and oppressive, but He is not like that at all. God is loving and kind and just wants the best for us. God loves us and as His children when we do wrong He’s supposed to punish us. (Proverbs 3:11-12- Young man, do not resent it when God chastens and corrects you, for His punishment is proof of His love. Just as a father punishes a son he delights in to make him better, so the Lord corrects you.)

David was a man after God’s own heart, but David also did some terrible things.
2 Samuel 11
2 Samuel 12
(2 Samuel 12:5- David was furious. “I swear by the living God,” he vowed, “any man who would do a thing like that should be put to death) David didn’t even realize that Nathan was talking about him. David would’ve killed someone for doing that, but God had forgiven him and said that he wouldn’t die for that sin. David had committed like 3 sins in 1 thing: taking another man’s wife, lying and having the guy killed and as a Christian whenever you give people opportunities to blaspheme God it’s not a good look. Even though he didn’t die God said that murder would be a constant threat in his family but even then God’s mercies are great because God could’ve killed him.
2 Samuel 13
2 Samuel 16
So because of David’s sin their was incest, murder and a lot of other horrible things going on in his family. Sin doesn’t always just effect you, sometimes it effects the people around you.
Psalms 51
(Psalms 86:15- But you are merciful and gentle, Lord, slow in getting angry, full of constant loving-kindness and of truth;) God showed David compassion, grace and He forgave him for his sins.

1 Chronicles 21
(1 Chronicles 21:13- This is a terrible decision to make,” David replied, “but let me fall into the hands of the Lord rather than into the power of men, for God’s mercies are very great.”)
God is merciful, but He also is a righteous judge and punishes people when necessary. The Israelites were a very stubborn people and there are many times when God killed them when they sinned, complained etc.
(Numbers 11:1-3- The people were soon complaining about all their misfortunes, and the Lord heard them. His anger flared out against them because of their complaints, so the fire of the Lord began destroying those at the far end of the camp. They screamed to Moses for help, and when he prayed for them the fire stopped. Ever after, the area was known as “The Place of Burning,” because the fire from the Lord burned among them there.)
Numbers 16:1-35

People think sin isn’t a big deal and it may not be a big deal to them but it is to God.
(Psalms 5:4-6- I know you get no pleasure from wickedness and cannot tolerate the slightest sin. Therefore, proud sinners will not survive your searching gaze, for how you hate their evil deeds. You will destroy them for their lies; how you abhor all murder and deception.)
God compares sin to sores in (Isaiah 1:6- From head to foot you are sick and weak and faint, covered with bruises and welts and infected wounds, unanointed and unbound.) He says that sin is darkness: (1 John 1-6- So if we say we are His friends but go on living in spiritual darkness and sin, we are lying.) God knows that sin separates us from Him. When you sin you’re choosing sin over God and He knows that the wages of sin is death. God loves us so why would He want us to go to hell? A loving Father wants the best for His kids and that’s why God punishes us and it’s also why He’s merciful. A lot of times we think of how unworthy we are of God’s love and what He did for us but (Titus 3:5- then He saved us—not because we were good enough to be saved but because of His kindness and pity—by washing away our sins and giving us the new joy of the indwelling Holy Spirit) God loves us more than we’d ever know.

This Bible Study lesson was a reminder that yes God is merciful, but He does judge righteously. We can’t sin and just expect there to be no consequences. Also, we don’t deserve God’s love but it’s not what we deserve but about how much God loves us. God’s grace is the reason we’re alive today, His grace is the reason that we have salvation. (John 3:16- For God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son so that anyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.)