Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 2, 2018

Scripture teaches the compassion of God demonstrated by His “Unconditional Election”: “I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY, AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVE COMPASSION.”

Today’s devotion comes from Mark 1:40-45.

“And a leper *came to Jesus, beseeching Him and falling on his knees before Him, and saying, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.”  Moved with compassion, Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, and *said to him, “I am willing;  be cleansed.”  Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.  And He sternly warned him and immediately sent him away, and He *said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone;  but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”  But he went out and began to proclaim it freely and to spread the news around, to such an extent that Jesus could no longer publicly enter a city, but stayed out in unpopulated areas;  and they were coming to Him from everywhere.”  Mark 1:40-45.

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Jesus was compassionate.  He demonstrated His compassion by healing the leper.

But, Jesus also demonstrated His compassion by His preaching.

We remember the verse from yesterday’s devotion.  “He *said to them, “Let us go somewhere else to the towns nearby, so that I may preach there also;  for that is what I came for.”  Mark 1:38.

We see the follow-up to that verse and the primacy that Jesus placed in His preaching in today’s Scripture.  “And He sternly warned him (the leper) and immediately sent him away, and He *said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone;  …”  Verses 43-44.

Jesus knew that His preaching would be crowded out by the demands of the people for healing which in fact did happen.  “But he (the leper) went out and began to proclaim it freely and to spread the news around, to such an extent that Jesus could no longer publicly enter a city, but stayed out in unpopulated areas;  and they were coming to Him from everywhere.”  Verse 45.

And yet how many preachers and teachers and other church leaders think they are compassionate when they focus on how they can improve man’s life on earth and do comparatively little for his spiritual life and salvation!  And, they will furthermore portray those preachers and teachers, especially Calvinists, who do focus on his spiritual life and salvation as cold and uncompassionate!

But, Scripture teaches the compassion of God demonstrated by His “Unconditional Election”, the “U” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

“For He says to Moses, “I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY, AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVE COMPASSION.”  So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.”  Romans 9:15-16.


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