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to extend mercy to us out of his love to a race that justice demands be eternally punished for our rebellion against God that originated in the first big “no” of Adam and Eve. Mercy comes to us because of our sin that we can’t get out of ourselves no matter what we do. Doesn’t that loving act now lead us to praise, to gratitude, to confide our whole lives to such love? Doesn’t it make us want to “sing of his mercies, forever”? And won’t we be forever grateful for God’s mercy? Yes, yes, and yes. So, this indeed is mercy—unearned pardon, gratuitous gift. How must we respond to such a gift for it to be effective in our lives? Reason for Death and Suffering Do you know why we die? It is the just punishment for sin that God enacted after our representatives turned ]^HB[H[\Z\]H][ ]\[[H]\HH\ۜB\8'YH[HوH][]Y\H\]Z\\H\ۜH܈]BX][YH[Hܛ8'H \ KZ][ ]\]Z\\H\ۜHHH\BX]\HوB]\HوH]X][و [ۈ[XY\B] \H[YBY\\%]Y\¸'[Y\Bݙ\[ݙ\HY\[\[[\ٙ\Y H\B\و[\X] B\\[K[\XY]HXNK[[Y]š[Y\[K[]]ۈ[\Y[ Y\\[XBXZ]HY\B[H[\۝\H[\^H]]]]ܘ]]YH܂\]\H[XYœX\YYK[XZ[]\\\]^HB[Y\H\H\[\]Bٙ\Y H\HXY][Y\[K'B[Y\H\\K]HXNP]]\[\Z]HY\H]ܘ]X[Y\]H]HYH܈[XZ[]][Y\[KY[YY[YY[\[ܙ][[[Y[X\H[Y\[HB[[YX\\XH[\\\8&\]܈[و]\\X\\Xق\ \ NN KYH[\ܛ8%[Y\[HHX[B[\H[\[H]ٝ[]Y\Y\[\[]]\^x%و\]X][ۋ]\[\XH[\H]\]ܙX]\وۙ[[][ۈ]B[]Y\HX[H\ˈ\Y[ۙH\و\X]܈[Hܙ]\›ۘHZY [\H[\[HY[ܞHYHH][[HXY ]%]H\\HH]\H\X]8%]\]\H[H[H[][HX\H]و8&\\^X[Y\H\[[[Z[BY\H]Z\\\8']˸'H[\\[[H[H[Y^HوYK][ܝ[][K\X[H[H[\HY[X\HY[ۈYXZB[Y\H\H^\ˈ^H۸&][\HHX\[ۋH[Hو\X[۸%8'H[[H\[\ۙ\وH[]KH]\^H]\'x%][Y\B]Z\YXHXܚYXH܈\ܙ][\H܈وH۸&\X\H\ܘ][ۂXۙKHYY\Z[]]H]\\[^\XYH^HH\XHو\]Z\Y8%HYY[[K][][H8'XZH\ܸ'HZ[[XB[[Y[X\HX[]Y[و[[[\XKۛHوH\]Y[\O\\Y\Y[HY&]ۙ[[وH]\KX[ٙ\[[H\H\]X\H\[YZ[Hو[ۛHHXYHH8'Z]\Hۙ[[[N[š[\[Z[ۈ\]\H[HX[[YZ['H LJK\\[X[YHH]\\[]]HوH[X[XKY\ؙKH\Y\Y[][\]Z\Y™Y[H][X]ۈHܛ [ KH[H[Z\Y Y[\\ݙ\[YHH\ؙYY[HوY[K[ۈ]YH۝\[ۈYX[ۛB\KHYY[\[] HXZ[[H\[\[][][\HX[\H[Hو\Y[\[ۈHYHوY\K]8&\X][HYH]\ˈ][\܈\B'Z]]]ܚ\XY8'H \ MKLXܙYX\XZ܈[Z[\H[ZX[ M[]^H^H\\X[ BXY[\H L8'H\H[H\[]ܚܙX]Y[\\\XYBYHوYYX\\Y܂\[Y[K'H\\\Y܈\BYHوܚˈHܚوB\X[YH\H^Y\\XKݙKܜ\ ][[^][ۋ]˂[\[Z[Z[HX[YHYX\وY\H Z\\XܙXYH[\[YܝUKH[\\\\ۈHܜܘ[[\]X[ܚوY\H\H^HوXZ[\BH\HXX[]^[ۙ\[\HYYو\ˈY][Y\BH]\ۙH[\\^\Z[›ۋZYY[[][H۸&]XB]H\X\%[[\[۞H]\œYX\ܜH]X\HوH]X\ [ܚ\\x%]H\ۜH›Y\HH^Hو۝\[ۈ\X\\B܈Y\HHYX]K[H\H\\Yܘ\و\\X^ܝ][ۈHHوH[ BXZ\\[X\HHوH[[HX\˜[]\و[[[\\\˂HX\\ٙ\و[][ۈ\H]YHH[ܜ[\[\[\[ۙ[[\ˈ H[]H[\X[]\]\K]\\H[ H[]Y\ۘ[[[\]\\\ \H[YB^H\\Έ8&ܙ H]H]^\[HXZ]Y[H\[^\H]B[Y[\ݙKY]\HH[HۘB[ܙK[]^Hݙ[[][KHYY[K]HYHۘHYZ[ܙ ZHYHۘH[ܙH[[\YY[Z[[XXK&H ]\\\قܙ][\H\HHۙ\\HقYZ[\Y\K ˈ JB[[Z\\XܙXYH[\HXZ\˜X\]X\[Y\H[\Z] \[[K[H[Y^HوYKH[\܈^[\KY\H[[[XوHX[YHوY\KBHܸ%XX[H\Yۘ]Yܜš[\Z[\\\[Hܛ\[\[H[X\H\[X\وYx%\ܜ]XYHۈ[ܚ[XYH¸'\ݙ\H]۝\[۸'H U˂KH[ܚ[XY\]\H[\YY\\وHX[YHوY\H\HY[HH[\\8'[[\]\۝\[۸'H ˈ M K