Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 20, 2018

“the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful.” – “For the LORD your God is a compassionate God” – “For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.”

Today’s devotion comes from Matthew 14:1-21.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+14&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Now when Jesus heard about John, He withdrew from there in a boat to a secluded place by Himself;  and when the people heard of this, they followed Him on foot from the cities.  When He went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and felt compassion for them and healed their sick.

When it was evening, the disciples came to Him and said, “This place is desolate and the hour is already late;  so send the crowds away, that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.”  But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away;  you give them something to eat!”  They *said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.”  And He said, “Bring them here to Me.”  Ordering the people to sit down on the grass, He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed the food, and breaking the loaves He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds, and they all ate and were satisfied.  They picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve full baskets.  There were about five thousand men who ate, besides women and children.”  Matthew 14:15-21.

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Jesus’ compassion is all the more remarkable considering that it arose when He was alone grieving about the death of John the Baptist.  Jesus had every reason to stay withdrawn and secluded.  But, He did not do so.  “When He went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and felt compassion for them and healed their sick.” Verse 14.

Likewise, Jesus could have thought that His healing was enough compassion for at least the day and His disciples were also urging Him to send the crowds away.  But, Jesus continued to feel compassion for the crowds and miraculously fed them all.

We may feel that we do not deserve Jesus’ compassion or may feel that Jesus has already shown us enough compassion.  But, Jesus’s compassion is as infinite, eternal, and overflowing of all good as His character.

Article 1:  That there is One Only God.

We all believe with the heart, and confess with the mouth, that there is one only simple and spiritual Being, which we call God;  and that he is eternal, incomprehensible, invisible, immutable, infinite, almighty, perfectly wise, just, good, and the overflowing fountain of all good.  Belgic Confession.

“… the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful.”  James 5:11.

For the LORD your God is a compassionate God;  He will not fail you nor destroy you nor forget the covenant with your fathers which He swore to them.”  Deuteronomy 4:11.

“12 For he will deliver the needy when he cries for help,
The afflicted also, and him who has no helper.
13 He will have compassion on the poor and needy,
And the lives of the needy he will save.”  Psalm 72:11.

“38 But He, being compassionate, forgave their iniquity and did not destroy them;
And often He restrained His anger
And did not arouse all His wrath.
39 Thus He remembered that they were but flesh,
A wind that passes and does not return.”  Psalm 78:38-39.

“2 Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;
3 Who pardons all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases;
4 Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
5 Who satisfies your years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.”  Psalm 103:2-5.

“The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.”  Psalm 103:8.

“13 Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
14 For He Himself knows our frame;
He is mindful that we are but dust.”  Psalm 103:13-14.

“Gracious is the LORD, and righteous;
Yes, our God is compassionate.”  Psalm 116-5.

“In an outburst of anger
I hid My face from you for a moment,
But with everlasting lovingkindness I will have compassion on you,”
Says the LORD your Redeemer.”  Isaiah 54:8.

“For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake,
But My lovingkindness will not be removed from you,
And My covenant of peace will not be shaken,”
Says the LORD who has compassion on you.’  Isaiah 54:10.

“22 The LORD’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.”  Lamentations 3:22-23.


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