February 1, 2016
In today’s QT, the Pharisees confront Jesus and his disciples about working on Sabbath. The verse that that speak the loudest to me in today’s QT is 7: If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent.
I think “I” is God here. And “mercy” is internal things, heart, attitude, inner thoughts and feelings. And “sacrifice” is external things, outward traditions and regulations. Not that sacrifice is bad, but sacrifice in a good sense is an essential part of love, but in this context, where Jesus is taking these Pharisees to school, means these rules about not working on Sabbath. Basically, telling them, worship God in your heart, not in your appearances.
Application: pray 15 minutes at 8pm