Magnified Mercy – 4/26/20 AM

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Magnified Mercy

Genesis 19:19  Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die:

First Mention Principle: The first time we find the words Mercy (vs. 16) and Merciful (vs. 19) are found in this story.

What is such an amazing things to me is that the first time we find the mercy of God being extended, the one’s he’s being merciful neither deserved it nor wanted it at first.

God was merciful to Lot in spite of:

            A. His Foolish Striving – 13:7-11

He fought with Abram and abandoned his spiritual leadership.

He did not have enough spirituality and enough discernment to live outside of Abraham’s spiritual leadership

            B. His Failing Safeguards – 14:12

He allowed himself and his entire family to fall into enemy hands.

His carelessness, his lack of preparation, his lack of seriousness left him and his family vulnerable.

            C. His Filthy Surroundings – 19:1-9

He not only pitched his tent toward Sodom in 13:12, but moved his family there.

It was a wicked, ungodly, filthy environment.

Even the Apostle Peter referred to how bad it was.

  • 2 Peter 2:7, 8 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)

From the verses we just read, it is obvious that Lot was uncomfortable with the filthy surroundings.

But that was not enough. He stayed. He raised his kids there. He let his family grow up in that.

YET – God was merciful.

Let’s make an application this morning by looking at three aspects of this story.

God’s mercy has been magnified to you if He has blessed you with…

I. People that are PRAYING for you – 18:22-33

Lot did not know it, but Abraham was on his face before God, interceding for him and his family.

Lot had no way of knowing.

Abraham couldn’t send him a text, or an email, or a Facebook notification.

Lot had no clue – but God’s mercy toward Lot was magnified because people were praying for him!

We have no indication that Lot was praying.

He didn’t pray for himself. He didn’t pray for his wife. He didn’t pray for his children.

He was bothered by the sin around him, but not enough to spend any time praying.

But God had others praying for him.

Let me tell you something – if people are praying for you and your family, God’s mercies are magnified in your life!

Husband – if you have a wife that is praying for you, God’s mercy is being magnified in your life!

Wife – if you have a husband that is begging God to be merciful to you, that is God’s magnified mercies.

Kids – if you have parents that love you enough to pray for you, then thank God for his magnified mercies!

God’s mercy has been magnified to you if He has blessed you with…

II. People that are PROTECTING you – 19:12, 13

We know from the end of chapter 18 that Lot and his family did not meet the threshold of 10 righteous people necessary to keep God from destroying Sodom and Gomorrah.

So why did God send these angels down in chapter 19:1 to warn them?

It is very clear – God was magnifying His mercy toward Lot and his family.

God didn’t have to send them.

It was Lot’s fault that they were there in the first place.

God was under no obligation to warn Lot and his family of the coming judgment.

According to verse 12, 13, it was the two angels sent in verse 1 that were the ones sent to destroy the cities.

Yet, even after witnessing the deplorable actions of Lot in verse 8, they still tried to protect him.

Don’t tell me that God’s mercy was not magnified toward Lot that day!

  • Lamentations 3:22 It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

God sent these two angels to warn Lot and his family of impending danger.

God even forced Lot to do an inventory of his household – vs. 12

Look around you!! How much God has blessed you.

Do you care what happens to them?

God has magnified his mercies to you if he’s put people in your life that are trying to get you to protect what God has blessed you with!!

God’s mercy has been magnified to you if He has blessed you with…

III. People that are PULLING you – vs. 15, 16

It is no coincidence that the first time we find the word mercy in the Bible, it is in Genesis 19:16.

These two angels are literally dragging Lot and his family out of the city of Sodom.

God couldn’t even wait until the next verse to point out the mercy of God – He did it the middle of the verse!

Mark this down – If God has put people in your life to help pull and push you to safety, that is God’s mercy!

People today want to be left alone.

They want to do what they want to do.

But sometimes, we can’t see the impending danger; the coming judgment if we don’t change course!

God sent two angels to physically drag Lot and his family out of harms way.

But God’s mercy was being magnified in their lives.

Lot and his family were recipients of God’s magnified mercy.

Lot even testified of that in verse 19. He credited those two angels for “saving his life.”

Why? Did Lot deserve it? NO!

Did his wife deserve it? NO!

Did his two daughters deserve it? NO!

We know from 19:27-29 that God only showed mercy to Lot because God remembered the prayers of Abraham.

Lot went on after being spared by these two angels to argue with them, to debate them.

He ultimately lost everything.

He lost his wife. – vs. 26

He fathered two grandchildren by his two daughters. vs. 30-38

He became a drunkard.

CONCLUSION:

Guess what? God has magnified His mercy in your life.

He’s got people praying for you.

He’s got people warning you of God’s coming Judgment.

He’s got people in your life doing their best to PULL YOU TO SAFETY!

If you are lost today, God has put someone in your life that will do all three!

Jude

  • 21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
  • 2  And of some have compassion, making a difference:
  • 23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

At some point, God’s mercies that have been magnified so many timed will end.

God will not keep sending people to persuade, and protect, and pull, and push you.

If you insist on living your own life, God will let you have your own way.

But mark this down – you can’t say God wasn’t merciful!

Lot went on after being spared by these two angels to argue with them, to debate them.

He ultimately lost everything.

He lost his wife. – vs. 26

He fathered two grandchildren by his two daughters. vs. 30-38

He became a drunkard.

He was a recipient of GOD’S MAGNIFIED MERCIES and SQUANDERED IT!

What about you?

WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH GOD’S MAGNIFIED MERCIES?