“Go and learn what this means, “I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.” Jesus words in Matthew 9:13
I love the fact that Jesus isn’t often prescriptive in His instruction, but draws us in to think and grapple with his teaching. This is no mindless faith. “Go figure, I desire mercy and not sacrifice”. Ok, lets have a crack, lets figure this out. Mercy, not sacrifice?
I really don’t have grand thoughts on this. Here is what I do have…..
Mercy is about people, sacrifice is about stuff. Mercy is choosing others before yourself, being willing to be wrong, preferring other peoples’ reputation above your own. Sacrifice is what we do, it’s giving up stuff or time. It is possible to sacrifice in isolation. It is not possible to ‘LOVE MERCY’ (Micah 6:8) in isolation. The nature of mercy is relational. It is about how we treat others, it is about our attitude towards each other.
Confirmation that knowing (or not knowing) what it means that God desires mercy rather than sacrifice will directly affect our actions and attitudes towards those around us.