In the recent post, Mercy & The Principle of Fulfillment – the First and the Last, I made a Mercy mistake.
I seem to remember mentioning writing about Mercy “in real-time life circumstances.” Yes, indeedy.
With regard to the twelve sons born to Jacob, I in error forgot about his and Leah’s two other sons. Focused on Caleb and Joshua, I failed to read back to Genesis 29. Lots more ‘family’ story recorded there that, for time and space sake, I didn’t write about. Sometimes it helps to draw the curtain a little wider. For a succinct listing of the twelve sons, see Genesis 35:23-26. I did the Sunday morning after posting, and now what I did really know, I remembered again. The last piece was to set it straight.
The original post, as linked above in the opening sentence or going directly to the post, is now edited to reflect the correct details. As well, for those who print the PDF of the article as offered at the end of the post, that too is now corrected. Please print a new version.
Teacher Portion writing about Mercy
And finally, a note I have thought about as I have been writing about Mercy instead of Teacher (the order I was going to follow). Mercy is what is on the Lord’s heart, therefore mine, for the time being. However, I had to smile inside when I recognized that my Teacher portion is at the front doing its Teacher thing even in the writing about Mercy. Correcting the detail of scripture is very much a Teacher characteristic. What can I say? This One who is lovingly leading throughout this endeavor, takes great delight (and gentle pains) to give me real-time, experiential redemptive living lessons.
I pray He does no less for you who set your heart, mind, and will to follow forever after Him. These lessons are of the eternal. They will last.
When all else fails and comes to a close in His time, what we possess in the Lord Jesus Christ, our Promised Land, will remain. In the meantime, His mercy will now and forever triumph over judgment. And we have the gift of His glorious grace in which we stand (thank God!).
Embracing my own design for redemptive living!