I desire mercy, not sacrifice

There is a scene in “The Bible” mini series, reproduced in the film “Son of God“, where Jesus reaches out to Matthew, a tax collector.  If you have ever felt rejected by your peers, accused of being a traitor, or just generally outcast then it is not so difficult to identify with Matthew nor to respond to the glorious acceptance of the Son of God as expressed in these words from Matthew 9:

“Those who are well do not need a doctor, but those who are sick.  Go and learn what this means: “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” I haven’t come to call those who are righteous, but sinners.”

As Paul says in Romans 11: “God has given every one over to sin, so that He might have mercy on them all.”

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