“If you knew what this meant, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned these innocent men.”
The Pharisees condemned Jesus’ followers for picking the heads of grain and eating them on the Sabbath which was against the religious rules. This rule was made so people would set aside all their work to honor God on the Sabbath. The rule is good intentioned. But Jesus’ followers have had nothing to eat and are hungry…so mercy and compassion overrides the rule. Jesus quotes the prophet Hosea (6:6) to the Pharisees who just don’t get it. We do not have to prove ourselves worthy enough for God to love us! It’s not about how well we follow the rules or how well we do anything. It’s not about being “right”…but about being in “right relationship” with God and our neighbor. Are we motivated by laws or by love? We are called to extend mercy and compassion. But when we do this…we should not be surprised if we are met with criticism and ridicule.
Suggested song of the day– “Make Me a Channel” on the Listen to Your Heart album.
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Remember…God loves you!