Meditating on mercy (Matthew 9:13)

“I want mercy…” What does that mean?

Open Matthew 9:13 and Hosea 6:1-6.

“Go and learn,” Jesus said.
Perhaps we should:

Matthew 9:13 (my translation)
Go and learn what this is:
“I want mercy, not sacrifice.”
I didn’t come to call those in the right,
but sinners.

What do you make of that? Who was Jesus quoting? And who is the “I”?

How did this insight affect Hosea’s life?
How did it define Jesus’ life?
How did this insight define the difference between Jesus and the religious people around him?
How does this insight impact the way you speak and act for God?

That’s something to mediate on while you’re chopping vegetables this evening. Post your thoughts in the comments box below. We’ll talk more next time.


What others are saying

Philip Yancey, Vanishing Grace: What Ever Happened to the Good News? (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2014):

We should be asking ourselves, Why do so many people view Christians as bearers of bad news rather than good news that might help the world with these tough issues?

[previous: On gospel and guilt]

[next: Where did Jesus learn mercy?]

Author: Allen Browne

Seeking to understand Jesus in the terms he chose to describe himself: son of man (his identity), and kingdom of God (his mission). Riverview Church, Perth, Western Australia

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