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Summary: To show that it's all GOD's Divine effort to cleanse us by using His Mercy and Truth - the LORD JESUS CHRIST and the Fear of the LORD enables us to turn away from evil.

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I. EXORDIUM:

Do you have reverential fear of the LORD? Do you trust and depend on GOD's Mercy and God's Truth alone?

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show that it's all GOD's Divine effort to cleanse us by using His Mercy and Truth - the LORD JESUS CHRIST and the Fear of the LORD enables us to turn away from evil.

IV. TEXT:

Proverbs 16:6 (Amplified Bible)

16:6 By mercy and love, truth and fidelity [to God and man—not by sacrificial offerings], iniquity is purged out of the heart, and by the reverent, worshipful fear of the Lord men depart from and avoid evil.

V. THESIS:

Praise, worship and thank You very much LORD JESUS because of You, You are Mercy, Truth and Fear of the LORD in us that cleanses evil away from us and we depart from evil because You are the One doing it through us.

VI. TITLE:

Mercy, Truth and Fear of the LORD

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Authors: Credited generally to King Solomon before his character downfall/decline.

B. Date written: from 931 to 686 B.C.

C. Purpose: To give moral instruction

D. Main Theme: Fear of the LORD

VIII. MAIN BODY:

A. By Mercy and Truth, iniquity is purged

"By mercy and love, truth and fidelity [to God and man—not by sacrificial offerings], iniquity is purged out of the heart,"

Mercy or "chesed" in Hebrew means:

1. kindness

2. piety - is a compound of veneration or reverence of the Supreme Being and love of his character, or veneration accompanied with love; and piety in practice, is the exercise of these affections in obedience to his will and devotion to his service.

3. reproof or beauty

4. favor, good deed, kindness, merciful, mercy, pity, reproach

Truth or "emeth" in Hebrew means:

1. stability

2. certainty, truth, trustworthiness, faithful, right, sure, verity.

Our LORD JESUS CHRIST is Mercy and Truth Personified.

John 14:6 (Amplified Bible)

14:6 Jesus said to him, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me.

2 John 1:3 (Amplified Bible)

1:3 Grace (spiritual blessing), mercy, and [soul] peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ (the Messiah), the Father’s Son, in all sincerity (truth) and love.

Jude 1:21 (Amplified Bible)

1:21 Guard and keep yourselves in the love of God; expect and patiently wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)—[which will bring you] unto life eternal.

Only JESUS has the real mercy, because He Himself is Mercy. This CHRISTmas don't be deceived by another jesus bringing a gospel of hope and mercy to the world, and we have even count down on his arrival. Only JESUS is the Real Mercy.

2 Corinthians 11:4 (Amplified Bible)

11:4 For [you seem readily to endure it] if a man comes and preaches another Jesus than the One we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the [Spirit] you [once] received or a different gospel from the one you [then] received and welcomed; you tolerate [all that] well enough!

CHRIST is the Mercy Seat in the Old Testament.

Exodus 25:17-22 (Amplified Bible)

25:17 And you shall make a mercy seat (a covering) of pure gold, two cubits and a half long and a cubit and a half wide.


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