Free from the spirit of religiosity
Let us first start with mercy. Why mercy? Who needs mercy? What does mercy? What is it? Mercy has much to do with compassion; sympathy and empathy, if you know these then you are closer to knowing, but above all, feeling mercy.
Mercy can heal. Mercy is an attitude, a standard of being. Jesus addressed three groups of people: with the Pharisees He spoke quite differently than with His disciples, and differently to the crowds. The Pharisees, Scribes and those well versed in scripture were rather a contentious bunch, so Jesus had often challenged their intelligence and logic. To the masses He spoke in parables and declarations like those in Matthew 5:3-11 the nine beatitudes. The fifth statement was, “Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.”
There are (a) overcomers and (b) angels. Overcomers (a) are called men; (b) angels are winds, spirits and flames—incompatible with flesh-and-blood human beings.
* The three angels that visited Abraham were two men and one angel. That one angel was most likely Gabriel for in Him was God’s Name YHVH; hence, Abraham addressed him as the LORD. But those two men (clearly stated as men) went to fetch Lot and his family. They took them by the hand and physically escorted away from the twin cities to a safe distance.
* Men like Melchizedek, the king of Salem, had no genealogy, no parents, no beginning and no end; an overcomer from Enoch’s period of time (Genesis 14:18; Psalms 110:4).
*Enoch was the first overcomer and teacher of the same; hence, later in the biblical text, we have the appearance of men (Enoch’s students) together with angels.
About Melchizedek – Hebrews 7:3 …without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life…) Like Philip. who was translated by God’s Spirit, Melchizedek just appeared and then disappeared; he was not an angel, but a man.
* [Genesis 19:12] Then the two men said to Lot, “Whom else have you here?” The third man was an angel with whom Abraham bargained over the 50, 40, 30, 20, and then reached to the **MINIAN, which is ten righteous (TZADDICS) who were not found in those twin cities.