In the book of Matthew, Yeshua quoted the same scripture twice from the book of Hosea.
Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”
Matthew 9:13 NLT
But you would not have condemned my innocent disciples if you knew the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’
Matthew 12:7 NLT
In the first scripture He quotes Hosea and then says He came to call sinners not those that think they are righteous. The pharisees had a form of godliness. They looked the part, they acted the part. Yeshua said they were all cleaned up and looking good but He knew their heart condition and said on the inside they were dead and full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of the bones of the dead and every kind of impurity. In the same way, on the outside you seem righteous to people, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
Matthew 23:27-28 CSB
The teachers of the law…lawless. Those that seemed to be the perfect example of law keeping, without the law in their heart. The ones that condemned Yeshua for breaking the law were really just playing a part, they were actors, hypocrites.
There are many pharisees walking around today
We have many modern day pharisees today. They look the part, the talk the talk, they even act like they got it all together but they are missing the most important part. They have no relationship with the Lord. They are having a religious experience.
One of the scariest scriptures in the Word of God says…
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, drive out demons in your name, and do many miracles in your name?’ Then I will announce to them, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you lawbreakers! ’
Matthew 7:21-23 CSB
They had a religious experience. They even did things in the name of the Lord but it wasnt enough. Yeshua will say “I never knew you”
They never experienced intimacy with the Messiah. Of course Yeshua knew them in the sense of, He created them, He is omniscient and knows all things, He knew their heart and every detail about them but they didnt know Him. They never took the time to be intimate with Him. We can do all kinds of good works but it will never replace knowing the Lord.
Notice His last statement to these people. “Depart from Me, you lawbreakers!”
Dont be a lawbreaker
The same thing He says to the pharisees. Yeshua Himself summed up the law in two commandments.
“Teacher, which command in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.”
Matthew 22:36-40 CSB
Loving God with everything in you, developing a personal, intimate relationship is the most important commandment given to us. If we refuse to make this a priority we become lawbreakers!
So if we go back to the verse He quoted in Hosea it says…
I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings.
Hosea 6:6 NLT
We see the meaning behind this scripture is exactly what we have been talking about. God is not looking for sacrifices and offerings He is looking for us to show Him love and get to know Him.
We dont serve a God in need
Yahweh does not need your offerings, He does not need your sacrifices. In fact He does not need your worship or your praise. A lot of the things He has us do is for us, not Him. We get it wrong when we think God needs His ego padded with constant praise, or He has a pride problem with the worship. No, even though He deserves all we can give and more, that’s more for us.
There is nothing He needs from us, He just wants us! His desire is for us to want, not be forced out of obligation, but want to develope a deep, intimate, personal relationship with Him.
That will then change how we react to people, how we see others, even the works that we do. No longer will we condemn the innocent or have a feeling of being righteous in our own sight.
If your not developing that relationship with Him but running around doing religious works, your doing it wrong!
What can we bring to the Lord ? Should we bring him burnt offerings? Should we bow before God Most High with offerings of yearling calves? Should we offer him thousands of rams and ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Should we sacrifice our firstborn children to pay for our sins? No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:6-8 NLT
Dont make it too difficult
Sometimes we make it too difficult. The Lord has asked us to love Him, do what we know is right, show mercy, and walk humbly with Him.
He may ask us to do some things that seem difficult or even impossible but if we have the first thing right, if our foundation is strong and we have a intimate relationship we will know we are not doing anything alone. God is walking with us and will work all things out…for those that love Him…
We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28 CSB
We may have some tough choices to make but with a relationship with Him we will know His voice and be able to discern what He wants us to do.
They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!
2 Timothy 3:5 NLT
This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. They worship me in vain, teaching as doctrines human commands. ”
Matthew 15:8-9 CSB
There are people that act religious, they put on a show. They even seem to honor and worship God but their heart is far from Him. This will all be done in vain. They may get the respect of undiscerning people. They may have people look up to them for their pious life but God is not fooled and one day they will hear the words…”I never knew you. Depart from Me. You lawbreakers”
Dont let this be your story. Get to know Him. Spend time with Him. I promise if you do, you will fall in love with Him and want to know Him more and more.
Then one day you will hear…
His Lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord.’
Matthew 25:21 NKJV
If you dont know Yeshua or haven’t been putting Him first, now is the time to change that.