God is impartial (Rom. 2:11)
God is impartial. He does not make a difference in judgment or mercy because of what He finds in any man. In judgment, He judges all men equally, strictly according to His law, strictly by what He finds in them (Rom. 2:11; 6:23; Eph. 6:9; Col. 3:25; 1 Pet. 1:7). If God condemns us, it will be for what we have done. But if He justifies us, it will be for what Christ has done. In giving mercy, God is gracious because of what He is in Himself (Ex. 34:7). He shows mercy out of His own sovereign will, without respect to us in any way (Rom. 9:11-16). If God gives us eternal life, it will not be for what we have done, but for what Christ has done as one man for “the many” given to Christ in eternal election (Rom. 5:19, 21; Eph. 1:4).
Cry for Mercy (Mark 10:46-52)
At his first cry, the crowd rebuked Bartimaeus. Isn’t it ironic that in all of that large crowd of seeing people who followed Jesus, there were none who cried to Him for mercy except this unclean, blind beggar? Why did none in the faceless crowd cry? Wasn’t it because they did not see their blindness (John 9:39-41)? Why didn’t they want to hear the cries of a blind sinner? Wasn’t it because they never knew his need? They did not fellowship in the burden of the anguish of his soul. When we find Christ to be our all, we have fellowship with those rescued from the same sinking ship who have found Christ to be their only Rock and salvation (Psalm 62:1-2)! We ache for others to see their need, to cry to Christ and find Him to be their all! And we want to talk about it to them. But the crowd seemed to know nothing of a need for mercy, nothing of eyes of darkness opened to see the light. With the Psalmist, Bartimaeus could say, “I cried unto the LORD with my voice...I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul” (Ps. 142:1-4).
In Ezekiel 20 and Psalm 106, the LORD recalls the history of His dealings with the nation of Israel. In so doing, He shows them their abominable sin and idolatry. He reminds them that many times He said He would pour out His fury and wrath upon them. But He did not pour it out. Why? The answer is the reason behind our salvation. He did not destroy them “for His name’s sake,” (Psa. 106:6-8), because of His covenant (Psa. 106:44; Ezek. 20:9, 14, 17, 22, 42-44).
Pastor Rick Warta