Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast : Mercy Bound

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Mercy Bound

Isaiah 56:6-8

 

Synopsis: I open my message today with a short reading from Psalm 133.  “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!”  That is a beautiful though in any age, but I think, in today’s unless and uncertainty, it presents a contrasting vision for us as we gather for worship.  Let us take a deep breath of the Spirit and be refreshed in God’s love and in the embrace of our Savior and fellow pilgrims.

      Unity is not easily established or maintained.  In fact, it takes a very powerful force to bring people together and keep them from falling apart.  It is a common human trait.  One only needs to read a little of the story of Exodus or 1 Corinthians to realize that the trait is well established in the community of believers.  It is glorious when it happens like it did with Aaron, the first high priest of the people of Israel.  That unity produces blessings, “even life forevermore.  I’m talking about being “Mercy Bound.”  

      In Mercy Bound I am talking about being tied up in mercy (Mercy Bound) as well as heading toward mercy (Mercy Bound).  Isaiah said it was not just for those of the blood line of Israel, foreigners were included too (Isaiah 56:6-8).  The conditions of being mercy bound are the same for all.  The /Apostle Paul affirmed the same (Romans 11:1-2, 29-32). There were those in Jesus’ day who thought the offer of mercy was limited (Matthew 15:21-28), but the Gentile woman whose daughter was sick found mercy too. 

      Aaron was the high priest mentioned in Psalm 133 who served as a figure who brought the people of the exodus into unity in worship.  We have found an even greater on that Aaron.  His name is Jesus.  He is ready to bind all who believe in mercy now and forever.  Come!  Join the group of believers who are “Mercy Bound.”

 

Text: Psalm 133:1-3, NIV; Isaiah 56:6-8, NLT; Romans 11:1-2, 29-32, NLT; Matthew 15:21-28, NIV;

 
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