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Hosea 6:6 For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
God longs for us to return God’s longing, for mutual desire and devotion. Many Old Testament passages underscore God’s insistence that sacrifices are incomplete and offensive unless our hearts are changed in the making of them (1 Samuel 15:22; Micah 6:6-8). Pointing back to Hosea, Jesus challenges the hypocritical teachings of the Pharisees by telling them to learn that God desires mercy and not sacrifice.
Religion devoid of steadfast love is hollow, and rituals performed in God’s name without a loving, faithful relationship make us like those whom Jesus warned that we ought never to become.
MOVING FORWARD: Spend the next few days thinking about your Sunday offering. If it’s stewardship season at your church, this is a perfect time to consider your annual pledge.