Matthew 5.7 cont.
Oh the blessings of the merciful, because they will be shown mercy.
In Nehemiah 9.16-18 we have another example of the use of the word Channuwn
 But our ancestors were a proud and stubborn lot, and they refused to obey Your commands.
 “They refused to listen and did not remember the miracles You had done for them. Instead, they rebelled and appointed a leader to take them back to their slavery in Egypt! But You are a God of forgiveness, gracious and merciful, slow to become angry, and full of unfailing love and mercy. You did not abandon them,
 even though they made an idol shaped like a calf and said, ‘This is your god who brought you out of Egypt!’ They sinned and committed terrible blasphemies – (NLT).
This happened with the national day of repentance. The whole nation stood for a quarter of the day listening to Ezra reading the law; and another quarter of the day they spent in confessing their sins.
How would we cope with such a thing today?
Would we feel that we could not afford the time?
Should it be just the church that repents, or the whole nation?
What should we repent of?
The consequence of God’s graciousness is that He did not desert them.
We need to be ever thankful that our Heavenly Father does not desert us, but has come to us in Jesus and displayed Hid gracious mercy toward us.
In the U K the last time that a national day of prayer was called was during World War two, and it was called by the then Prime Minister, Winston Churchill.
King David utter this prayer:
Be merciful, O Lord, for I am calling on you constantly – Psalm 86.3 (NLT)
He was seeking the mercy of God, that God would take pity on him.
To take pity is to seek God’s forgiveness, His sympathy, and His compassion.
Everyone has the assurance that by coming to God and repenting of our sins we will find mercy. Therefore, let not anyone of us delay coming to Him.