Psalm 23:6a NKJV — Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life;
People do better with pictures.
We can better understand something if it’s related to something else we already know.
This being the case, we are going to have two angels stand in the place of two of God’s attributes: goodness and mercy.
Because we clearly see throughout Scripture: God is good. He is righteous. (Deu. 32:4, Ezra 9:15, Psalm 116:5, Dan 9:14)
Goodness is simply part of God and without God there is none.
Even Jesus said: “So Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.'” Luke 18:19 NKJV
Jesus, God’s Son, therefore is good.
Before the Fall (Gen. 3:6) God and mankind were able to walk together in the Garden. (Gen. 3:8)
But sin changed what had been God’s good creation (Gen. 127), mankind, and placed a barrier between us and God.
God’s goodness simply can’t be with sin.
They will never mix.
That’s where God’s mercy steps in.
God is good. (Psalm 107:8) He is also merciful. (Psalm 103:8, 116:5)
God knew at the Garden He would put into action His rescue plan for mankind.
Genesis 3:15 NKJV — And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”
Jesus, the only One ever born only of woman.
Through His sacrifice He rescued us from sin.
How fitting to have a picture of both Goodness and Mercy at the birth of Jesus.
He is both.
Without Him, we have neither.
Luke 2:14 KJV — Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.