Absolutely, God will have mercy on whom He will have mercy…
He alone knows the thoughts and intents of the heart. He is merciful and forgiving, so that the children of men may have hope and He may be revered.
That being said, under the Old covenant, the command of God, to the Hebrew people was to love Him and keep his commandments. God gave the law and expected the Israelites to obey His commands. The priests, Levities, kings, the elders / heads of tribes and all the people.
For example: When the Israelites were taken into captivity in Babylon, the Lord said, the land would have it’s Sabbath rests which the Israelites had not given it.
Lev.26:34-35, 2 Chr. 36:20-2, Daniel 9:2
It is curious to me, in this case, why God fulfilled His covenant law and ordinances…when the Israelites failed to do so? He brought to bear upon the Israelites what He has previously declared in His word, in the giving of the law…what he would do if they failed to keep his commands…exile for them and He would give the land it’s Sabbath rest.
Under the law, (if it was administered appropriately has commanded)…to my knowledge, it mattered not at all if a party was repentant…There was to be no mercy shown …for false prophets, witchcraft, adultery, homosexuality, murder etc…
So, I think it is important to understand the severity of the law and the Law Giver. The interfacing of the Old and New Testaments depends of a clear understanding of Jesus Christ as the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets. God can have mercy because we are in Christ, who is our righteousness. He suffered the condemnation of the law. He suffered the demands of justice in his own flesh. “He became sin for us, so that we may become the rightheousness of God”. “The Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”
The law is the school master to bring us to Christ. To reveal our sin and it’s deadliness…
It is important to keep the balance…
“Mercy and truth are met together, righteousness and peace have kissed each other.” Psalm 83:10
In our present day and age, there is a place to understand our moral failures under the righteous standards of the law of God. We cannot truly embrace ourselves as sinners (in need of a Saviour from sin), unless we can see sin as exceedingly sinful. Conviction of sin comes through a work of the Spirit of God and the Word of God.
SeanO, I perceive in your responses to me that you are quick to focus on the mercy of God,…which is absolutely well and good. “We are saved by grace (mercy) not by works (the rightheousness of the law) lest anyone should boast.”
But, it is also very important to understand the Word of the Lord endures forever. His Word cannot be broken. To trust the absolute authority of God’s Word, everyone needs to understand His Word is Himself…His power, His authority, His character. There is no place within the Divine revelation of Himself to humankind, where God would fail to be consistent…or true to His own Word. (Past, present or future.)
“God is not a man, thet he should lie, or s son of msn, thet he should change his mind. Has he said, snd will he not do it? Or has he spoken, will he not fulfill it? “ Numbers 23:19
To remember how serious the authority of God’s Word is…look at original sin. It was a challenge to the truth and authority of God’s word.
Adam and Eve died…( and the rest of us with them) because God’s word is true. The consequences of sin still came upon them and all of us…
Though we know God is merciful…because Christ was slain before the foundations of the world. 1 Peter 1: 18-20 Ephesians 1:4
Isa.59:16 “ And when He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor; therefore his arm brought salvation, snd his righteousness, it sustained him.”
It is important to me to understand the whole counsel of God…because then it can be “a lamp to my feet and light to my path”
Psalm 119: 105