Sunday, March 31, 2013
DAY 31: Learn what THIS Means
“But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” - Matthew 9:13
We often read passages like this and just... move on. But if Jesus told His followers to learn something from a statement like this, then we really should!
Today, take 15 minutes and search out this saying, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice”. If you have an internet connection or a concordance, you have all you need.
Where did the statement come from? Was He quoting another scripture?? If so, what was it? What is the significance of such a scripture and can you find it elsewhere in the Bible? Search it out. Look at it in multiple versions. Look at the Greek. Does it show up in Hebrew?
Find two or three scriptures that support this statement directly and maybe another one or two not so directly. Read a few verses before this scripture and a few after it to understand it in context. Put down everything you find on paper or in a document and see if you understand what Jesus was trying to teach them.
When you can repeat the statement in your own words in a very simple and direct way, you’ve got it.
NOW, live it!