Blessed… Have Mercy

 As Jesus and his disciples were going out of Jericho a large crowd followed him. When two blind men sitting along the road heard that Jesus was passing by, they shouted, “Show us mercy, Lord, Son of David!” Now the crowd scolded them and told them to be quiet. But they shouted even louder, “Show us mercy, Lord, Son of David!” Jesus stopped in his tracks and called to them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. “Lord, we want to see,” they replied.  Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they were able to see, and they followed him (Matthew 20:29-34, Common English Bible).

I have always found it interesting that when these two guys saw Jesus coming, Their first response was to as that Jesus show them mercy. They are blind. They can’t see a thing. And, for these two men, it seems pretty obvious what they really want and I don’t think I would attach the word mercy to it. I would have come right out and told Jesus what I wanted him to do. But that is not what these two did. “Lord, show us mercy.”

It caused me to pause for a minute and look the word up in an online dictionary. Mercy means, “Compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.” Would Jesus have brought harm to the two men? I think if you were to ask the man who had a girl possessed by a demon.

They didn’t care about the girl or to see her healed. In fact the opposite was true. They were making money off the girl’s plight. When Jesus healed her, they lost their easy living. They cared nothing about the girl, their only interest was in putting the girl out for public show so they could make money.

If Jesus healed the two men, if he gave them back their sight, it might have changed things for them in perhaps some not so good ways too., There would be no more begging. In fact the opposite was true. Now it would be time to go out and work and make a living for themselves and their families.

Still, these two did not ask Jesus to heal them. They asked for mercy. While I was researching today’s post I ran across a Facebook meme that speaks to some of this.

A Handful of sand,
Thrown into the sea,
is what sinning is
especially when compared to
God’s providence and mercy.
St. Isaac the Syrian

God is always given us more than we deserve. We deserve punishment. God gives us healing and grace. That is mercy. May we all know it, receive it, and share it. It is part of that free gift to you.

May we all find mercy in the arms of our Loving God. It is more than we deserve yet God gives it to us anyway.

How has God shown mercy in your life? Are you sharing that mercy with others?

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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