“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
(a) Your Father; see entry for Luke 2:49.
(b) Merciful. The God Jesus revealed is a merciful, gracious and forgiving Father (Matt. 6:14, 18:27, Luke 7:47, 15:22, 23:34, John 1:14).
“Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?
Lord, Lord. On three occasions, Jesus spoke about people who would cry out “Lord, Lord” yet not be received into his kingdom (Matt: 7-21-22, 25:11, Luke 6:46). On each occasion he was talking about people who did not know him or do what he says.
Further reading: “What about those who cry ‘Lord, Lord’?”
“But the one who has heard and has not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house on the ground without any foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great.”
Has not acted accordingly. It’s not enough to hear the good news that Jesus brings; you need to believe it. Faith in God (such as the Jews had) is dead unless accompanied by believing in the One he sent (see entry for Jas. 2:18).
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