Tag Archives: Mercy

Mercy not Scrifice – Hosea 6:6

“…For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings…” – ESV / Commentary


Lamentations 3:22-23 – Grace, Mercy, Faithfulness

“…The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness…” – ESV / Commentary


Psalm 27 – Whom Shall I Fear?

A Psalm Of David.

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?

When evildoers assail me
to eat up my flesh,
my adversaries and foes,
it is they who stumble and fall.

Though an army encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
yet I will be confident.

One thing have I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to inquire in his temple.

For he will hide me in his shelter
in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
he will lift me high upon a rock.

And now my head shall be lifted up
above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud;
be gracious to me and answer me!
You have said, “Seek my face.”
My heart says to you,
“Your face, Lord, do I seek.”
Hide not your face from me.
Turn not your servant away in anger,
O you who have been my help.
Cast me not off; forsake me not,
O God of my salvation!
For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
but the Lord will take me in.

Teach me your way, O Lord,
and lead me on a level path
because of my enemies.
Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
for false witnesses have risen against me,
and they breathe out violence.

I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living!
Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord! – ESV / Commentary


1 Samuel 2:8 – Setting The World

Pillars in Laodicea, Turkey

“He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor. For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and on them he has set the world….” – ESV / Commentary


Sidewalk Prophets – Live Like That

I want to live like Christ! Do you?

Was I love
When no one else would show up
Was I Jesus to the least of those
Was my worship more than just a song …..

Am I proof
That You are who you say You are
That grace can really change a heart
Do I live like Your love is true …..

People pass
And even if they don’t know my name
Is there evidence that I’ve been changed
When they see me, do they see You …..

Our goal should be to become more like Christ, our lives should emanate His love for us, His character to be always in our actions and in our speech, let’s vow to take that first step today.

Join us next study in a Beautiful Exchange as we dig deeper into the Sacrifices of Christ.


My God My Savior – Aaron Shust

“I am not skilled to understand
What God has willed, what God has planned
I only know at His right hand
Stands one who is my Savior

I take Him at His word and deed
Christ died to save me; this I read
And in my heart I find a need
Of Him to be my savior” – Aaron Shust: My Savior My God

How true these lyrics are, let them resonate with you as you contemplate the great sacrifice of Christ Jesus this week and throughout our Bible Study – A Beautiful Exchange.

God Bless!


The Final Word – Hebrews 1:1-4

Study on Hebrews 1:1-4 (ESV)(NKJV)

The epistle to the Hebrews is an unknown author, it’s debated that Paul wrote it but also debated that one of Paul’s pupils wrote it. It begins with an earnest proclamation about the supremacy of the NT revelation by the Son over the OT revelation by the prophets.

The primary purpose of the Letter to the Hebrews is to exhort Christians to persevere in the face of persecution. The central thought of the entire Epistle is the doctrine of the Person of Christ and his role as mediator between God and humanity.” -Wikipedia (Hebrews)

V.1-2a

Those Days – Old Testament; Up until the coming of Jesus Christ God spoke, and revealed Himself, to prophets at many times and ways. The prophets were the human middle-men bearing a message from God to other men. This is how people of the Old Testament talked and had relationship with God. Such as Abraham who ‘walked by Faith and not by Sight‘ because he knew that there was no more to God’s promise, and calling, then there was visible to his physical eyesight.

These Days – New Testament; The coming of Jesus initiated the “Last Days”, meaning whoever lives in circa A.D. lives in the Last Days. Throughout the Old Testament there is mystery surrounding the coming of the Messiah and the propitiation who is going to save all. All the foreshadowing of this is revealed and now in the open since the coming of Christ. He is not just a barer of the message from God he IS the message from God. Christ is Word [john 1:1-4], He is the truth [john 14:6], He is the light [john 8:12], and whoever sees Him sees the Father, and whoever knows Him knows the Father [john 14:6-9].

Christ Jesus IS God’s final word, He is the final massage to the children of the earth everywhere. We are not  listening to another prophetic message, born by a human messenger, to be followed by until further revelation from future human messengers. Here God himself comes to us and speaks to us His final Word. If we reject God here in his self-revelation, if we do not receive His Word, then we have would’ve expressed our ultimate and final rejection of God.

V.2b-3

Who is the Son? “..whom he appointed the heir of all things…” [esv] The Son is the heir of ALL things, that includes man, animal of the land, beast of the sea, bird of the air, the sun, stars, sky, the universe, etc… ALL things he is the heir to the throne of. This small portion explains the authority that the Son has in God’s house. Following here are further examples of this superiority throughout scripture. {here} “… through whom also he created the world.” [esv] suggesting the the Son was there when the world was created and was also a partaker in creating it. “…He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature…” [esv] here we learn that the Son is the outer rendering of God’s glory and is precisely what God is. The Son is no more or no less than God, their character and their nature is exactly alike. Jesus didn’t just speak the message of God, but Jesus is the Word and the Message of God. The Son communicates himself, and makes himself known, so that when we see Him we see God, and when we know Him we know God. “…and he upholds the universe by the word of his power…” [esv] We read here that Christ not only is the message, the heir of all things, the creator of all things, but is also the upholder of all things. With out His word, His powerful wonderful word, breathing into us and all living things, our world would cease to exist. We see examples of this in the NT when Jesus heals the blind and the sick, casts daemons from bodies, and controls the seas and plans. “… After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high…” [esv] Note the word AFTER, because it’s so important that we recognize the sacrifice and significance of it. It was AFTER He made the purification for sins, he made it, he made the purification, it was prepared. God and the Son were not surprised by it, because His sacrifice was the plan all along. The verb “made” also indicates that it was a once-and-for-all action, meaning it will not be repeated and cannot be repeated, we cannot do anything more or anything less to supplement it. You can’t try and be saves, it was done once and it was done for ALL, it’s a free and perfect gift that is extended out to each and every one of us. All you have to do is take it. After all of this the Son was caught up and was seated at the right hand of the Father in Heaven. Meaning His work here on earth is done and accept Him and accept the Word as truth and as your life, and you will be saved…

Romans 5

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God…”[esv]


A Beautiful Exchange…. A Study on Christ’s Sacrafice

Nail, Cross, and CrownFor the month of May our study is kicking off on Christ’s sacrifice that He made out of the great love that He had for us all.

Jesus Christ was sent down from Heaven, to be born a man, to live the perfect and sinless life, to become a living sacrifice, to take on ALL the worlds sin, and to die on the cross, so that WE ALL may have a relationship with the Father, have life after death, and to live richly in the Kingdom of Heaven forevermore.

So join in as we dive into the book of Hebrews to study the sacrifice of Christ and what that sacrifice means today.

God Bless!


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