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HI! This is what my E-Sword says in reguards to the "I desire mercy, not sacrifice.":"It is a Hebrew mode of speaking, and means, “I prefer mercy to sacrifice;” or, “I am more pleased with acts of benevolence and kindness than with a mere external compliance with the duties of religion.” Mercy here means benevolence or kindness toward others. “Sacrifices” were offerings made to God on account of sin, or as an expression of thanksgiving. They were commonly bloody offerings, or animals slain; signifying that the sinner offering them deserved to die himself, and pointing to the great sacrifice or offering which Christ was to make for the sins of the world. “Sacrifices” were the principal part of the worship of the Jews, and hence came to signify “external worship in general.” This is the meaning of the word here. The sense in which our Saviour applies it is this: “You Pharisees are exceedingly tenacious of the “external” duties of religion; but God has declared that he prefers benevolence or mercy to those external duties. It is proper, therefore, that I should associate with sinners for the purpose of doing them good.”We do not need to be wrapped up in a list of things we THINK we should be accomplishing. Jesus died so we didn't have to perform those "external" things. He wants us to have mercy for sinners. So He want's us to show love for everyone, especially those who don't know Him. ALL OF THESE LINK BACK TO THE GREATEST COMMANDMENTS: (Mat 22:36-40). Love God first; love others, like yourself.
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