16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
CommentaryMercy is not obligatory or demanded, if it were then it would not be mercy, however, God who is rich in mercy, has provided it greatly and abundant. Mercy is not receiving (the punishment) that we deserve. God against whom we have all sinned and attacked in a personal ways, extend his mercy to all those who desire it! This is incomparable because, who would not want mercy? Who wants to be punished and go to hell where everyone deserves to go? Absolutely no one, however, this mercy that God extends to all men is continually rejected by man. The Bible tells us in
Romans 9:15 For Moses says, I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.
This referring to Israel because it extended mercy even though it was not deserved to Egypt punishment for their sins. It is important to note that none of these asked for mercy.
The verse urges us to come confidently, that is to say with complete certainty, without any retreat, with all ease and certainty. Why? because Jesus dying on the cross provided mercy through his death. How is this? First of all, we were all destined to die equally because we all sinned. However, Jesus became sin by taking our place so that we now have access to mercy, so that although mercy is not obligatory it is accessible through the sacrifice of Jesus in the cross. This mercy is to avoid going to hell where we should go for our sins and transgressions, this would be just right, but Jesus provides an unparalleled mercy in dying for us so that the justice we deserved (hell) has been replaced by the Mercy we did not deserve (salvation).
The committed approach is to the throne of grace. Grace unlike Mercy is to receive what we do NOT deserve (salvation) while mercy is NOT to receive what we deserve ( punishment). This throne of grace is Jesus himself. We do not deserve it however we are invited to be confidently to the throne of grace to find mercy and with it eternal relief. In a society where it is an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, where there is no Love and the existing “love” has been devalued, mercy has almost completely extinguished. There is no one who forgives or who extends mercy to his neighbor, who owes it. In the midst of all this hatred, despair, and a self-centered society, God, the creator of the universe offers free and accessible mercy to anyone who wants to come to the throne of grace, and accept his mercy through Jesus our Lord .
Written by Robert Pool
Translated by Bruno Smith