January 29: Thoughts in Response to Reading the New Testament

Matthew 9:10-13

10 And as he sat at dinner[a] in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came and were sitting[b] with him and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12 But when he heard this, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13 Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.”

Commentary

What sticks out here for me is the phrase “I desire mercy, not sacrifice”.  It is interesting to juxtapose this phrase with the concept of “living sacrifice” -- our lives poured out for Christ.  Another interesting thought there is that in many Christian contexts, “living sacrifice” is a mercy loving heart at work.