The fifth Beatitude (“Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.”) is the focus of this sermon by minister Don McLaughlin. His review of the teachings of Jesus and those of the early Apostles, shows the importance placed on this dimension of each Christian’s life. To clarify further the importance of mercy and its preeminent place in God’s relationship with humans, Don tracks the history of the Jewish Tabernacle and the existence and placement of the “Mercy Seat” within it.
Against this backdrop, listeners are asked to ponder the intertwining of mercy with law and whether our lives are spent in the Mercy Seat OR in a Seat of Judgment. As we review our own thoughts and actions, we may feel uncomfortable. But, Don clearly states how the question should be answered, especially as we learn more about mercy and how it permeates the essence of Jehovah God.