Matthew 5.7 cont.
Oh the blessings of the merciful, because they will be shown mercy.
Another example of the use of channuwn is found in 2 Chronicles 30.9:
“For if you return to the LORD, your relatives and your children will be treated mercifully by their captors, and they will be able to return to this land. For the LORD your God is gracious and merciful. If you return to Him, He will not continue to turn His face from you” – (NLT).
This was a call to repentance by King Hezekiah. Many of the people had been taken into captivity by the King of Assyria.
King Hezekiah and his officials decided to celebrate the Passover. This had not been done for some time, because there were not enough consecrated priests.
He sent a letter to all the towns of Israel and Judah, including Ephraim and Manasseh, inviting all to the Passover.
Once again we see that here we have a description of what our God is like, and ‘channuwn’ here means to be gracious.
We are all recipients of God’s grace. He is favourably inclined to us all.
The interesting thing about verse 9 is that the repentance of those who had been left behind would lead to their captive relatives being shown compassion by the Assyrians.
Compassion here is a different word (racham) for compassion, which here is not translated into the Greek eleos.
Today we will probably all meet people who need compassion and mercy. It is interesting to note that there is a link between our repentance and others receiving compassion. When we repent and receive the compassion and mercy of our Heavenly Father, we are commanded by Jesus to pass that on to others. In this way those around us also receive the compassion and mercy of Jesus.
Therefore, we need to constantly ask ourselves in what ways we need to repent and return to God.
We are the channels through which God dispenses His mercy and compassion to those nearest to us. Therefore, we all need to live a repentant lifestyle.