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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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July 30, 2017 Tricking the Trickster Genesis 29:15-28 Synopsis: Jacob was a “trickster” from the beginning. He rode out of his mother’s womb holding on to the heal of his larger, stronger twin brother Esau (Genesis 25:23-26). That is how he got his name (heel grabber). Then Jacob got Esau to sell him His birthright for a bowl of lentil or red stew (Genesis 25:27-34). Next (Genesis 27) Jacob, with the aid of his mother, tricked Isaac into giving him the blessing that Isaac intended to give to Esau. Shortly after that trick, with his brother making plans to kill him, Rebekah sent Jacob out of the country to her brother’s family to find a bride. I have very little doubt that Rebekah sent Jacob off with a warning, “Watch out for Laban.” Jacob, the “Trickster,” met his match in his uncle Laban and it costs him. Jacob worked seven years and then seven more to earn Rachel as his wife. Tricking the trickster revealed the truth about him. The one thing Jacob had that he never lost was his love for Rachel. The Lord Blessed Laban during all those years that Jacob served him for the have Rachel. He didn’t want those blessings to end, but this time Jacob turned the table on the trickster. Jacob made a deal with Laban to take only the weak and speckled animals for his wages in caring for Laban’s herds. As a result, he left a very rich man. You and I all know people who found out that Satan is an evil trickster. They thought they could make a deal and get what they wanted only to find out that the “Trickster” had tricked them. Don’t be fooled. The secret to taking down “The Trickster” is to keep your eyes on the eternal treasure God has already prepared for all those who believe (Matthew 13:44; 6:19-21). Text (NLT): Genesis 29:15-28, Matthew 13:44; 6:19-21 Scripture Reading: Romans 8:26-28, NLT

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