Updated: Sep 1
Rahma is the arabic word for "Mercy".
What do we know of Mercy?
In order to truly understand the word mercy from a spiritual perspective we must observe and understand the actual meaning of the word.
The word Mercy is defined as,
compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one's power;compassion or benevolence.
the disposition or discretionary power to be compassionate or forbearing.
an act of kindness, compassion, or favor.
When speaking of Forbearance ,
To keep oneself from doing something; hold back; refrain: forbear from making a comment
To be tolerant or patient in the face of provocation (incited to anger or resentment).
To refrain from; resist
To restrain oneself so as not (to do something)
In referencing the Christian perspective of mercy, it is understood that the GOD of Israel will be "compassionate" and "forbearing" towards the offenders of HIS Laws or HIS enemies, regardless of the offense. It is believed by many that HE will forbear justice because of HIS kindness and compassion for helpless man. It is the belief that HE will be patient and tolerant towards their wickedness and injustice.
This concept of mercy is emphasized in the New Testament rather than in the Original Testament. Jesus aided in establishing this firm held belief and custom of the Christian faith. One of the pillars of the New Testament is forgiveness. This is one of the critical factors in determining one's access to Heaven.
Jesus stated, "But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in Heaven forgive your trespasses" (Mark 11:26, KJV).
In declaring this Jesus made the act of forgiveness a very crucial aspect of one's Salvation.
However a different perspective is presented in the beginning books of the Original Testament; the Torah. Upon carefully reading, we understand significant characteristics of the GOD of Israel right from the beginning, in particular HIS judgments regarding forgiveness and the stipulations HE designated concerning forgiveness towards offenders and HIS enemies.
There is a distinct difference between "offenders" and "enemies" of the GOD of Israel. An offender is "one who violates a moral or divine law; sin"; this violation can be in ignorance or in awareness. However, an enemy of the GOD of Israel is one who violates HIS laws in awareness; this marks that individual as a "wicked" person in the eyes of the GOD of Israel. One who knows it is wrong to do and yet carries out the act regardless of HIS instruction not to do so.
Carefully consider the following passage of scripture:
"And the priest shall make an atonement for the soul that sinneth ignorantly, when he sinneth by ignorance before the LORD, to make an atonement for him; and it shall be forgiven him.
Ye shall have one law for him that sinneth through ignorance, both for him that is born among the children of Israel, and for the stranger that sojourneth among them.
But the soul that doeth aught presumptuously, whether he be born in the land, or a stranger, the same reproacheth the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off from among HIS people.
Because he hath despised the word of the LORD, and hath broken HIS commandment, that soul shall utterly be cut off; his iniquity shall be upon him" (Numbers 15:28-31, KJV).
The one who violates the law/sin through awareness has therefore set himself as an enemy of the GOD of Israel. What I want you to recognize and be aware of is the judgment that is given.
Those who offend/violate the Law in ignorance...they are given the opportunity to be forgiven; mercy is extended. However, those who sin in awareness, presumptuously disobeying and disregarding the Laws of the GOD of Israel, shall NOT be forgiven, but shall bear their iniquity. In other words, pay the penalty deemed fit for their offense.
Terms to consider
1.To give up resentment against or stop wanting to punish (someone) for an offense or fault; pardon.
2. To relent in being angry or in wishing to exact punishment for (an offense or fault).
3.(forgiveness) - the act of excusing a mistake or offense