Jesus Sacrifice

I Will Have Mercy and Not Sacrifice

Christianity Oasis Ministry has provided this Jesus Sacrifice Bible study on the I Will Have Mercy and Not Sacrifice Bible verse. We will be looking into that and all aspects of the Christian Walk. This study brings forth truth, understanding and peace.

Welcome to our Christianity Oasis Christian Walk Bible study program. This is our Jesus Sacrifice Bible study looking into the I Will Have Mercy and Not Sacrifice Bible verse meaning and how the message within affects you today. This Jesus Sacrifice Bible study will truly enLIGHTen your be-YOU-tiful Christian walk. Let's look into this together.

Jesus Sacrifice Bible Study

I Will Have Mercy and Not Sacrifice Blessing

What is the Jesus Sacrifice
God Said I Will Have Mercy and Not Sacrifice

Jesus spoke these words ...

Matthew 9:13

But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Pharisees were constantly approaching Jesus trying to condemn others and even Jesus Himself by use of law. As if one law could fit every soul in every circumstance. Have you ever bought something that suggests that it is "One Size Fits All?"

There are very few things in life that can make such a claim. But if and when we do find something that does fall into the "One Size Fits All" category ... It is usually something that adapts and conforms as to be able to fit each individual.

Did you know that the same law applies to God's Law as well?

Allow me to elaborate a little on this.

Jesus Sacrifice for Our Souls
God Said I Will Have Mercy and Not Sacrifice With Grace

Jesus was tested by the Pharisees when they asked Him a question about the law.

Matthew 19:3

The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?

Jesus Answered them ...

Matthew 19:4-6

4 And He answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

The Pharisees questioned His response ...

Matthew 19:7

Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?

Jesus responded ...

Matthew 19:8-9

8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.
9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.

This caused concern with His disciples and they said to Jesus:

Matthew 19:10

If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry.

Why Was the Jesus Sacrifice Needed
I Will Have Mercy and Not Sacrifice Scripture

Then Jesus said something that we all need to hear and understand ...

Matthew 19:11

All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given.

In other words ... All Laws do not apply to all people, all of the time.

The law is not, was not and can never be ... "One size fits all."

Many times we find ourselves judging others and even ourselves because we think that God's Law is still written in stone, but don't forget what God said:

Jeremiah 31:33-34

33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

Heyyyyyy ... It said the Covenant was made with the House of Israel !!! If you're one of those who is intent that this doesn't apply to you if you're not of Jewish descent, I'll remind you of the Truth that Paul taught us ...

Galatians 3:26-29

26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

God confirmed this promise in the New Covenant .

Hebrews 8:6-8

6 But now hath He [Jesus] obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also He [Jesus] is the Mediator of a better Covenant, which was established upon better promises.
7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.
8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a New Covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:

What is the Jesus Sacrifice Outcome
Why God Said I Will Have Mercy and Not Sacrifice

God will now put the law within our hearts in His time.

If you're a parent of more than one child, you may understand this concept a little better if you compare this to your own children just as God does with each of His children.

You certainly don't expect the exact same things of each of your children that you do from another of your children, because you understand that they are unique, each having their own separate personalities and what may be right for one, may not 'fit' the other's needs. They may be different ages, genders, temperaments, etc., so obviously all the same rules do not apply to all of the children, all of the time.

If you're not a parent, you may understand it easier if you compare it to your friends. You know that they're all different ... Some are more emotional, some are more creative, some are more outspoken, some are more private, some get mad if you don't call them frequently, some are satisfied with a call every so often, some are weak, some are strong, some are ambitious, some are more laid back, etc., etc., etc.

You treat each one a little diff than the other, but you still love them all. Still not sure? Check this out.

God created the 10 Commandments and gave them to mankind on tablets of stone. One of those top 10 laws was: Thou shalt not kill. However ... God commanded king Saul to kill all of the Amelekites, and because king Saul didn't do it, the Lord took his anointing away.

1 Samuel 15:16-28

16 Then Samuel said unto Saul, Stay, and I will tell thee what the Lord hath said to me this night. And he said unto him, Say on.
17 And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the Lord anointed thee king over Israel?
18 And the Lord sent thee on a journey, and said, Go and utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they be consumed.
19 Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the Lord, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the Lord?
20 And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the Lord, and have gone the way which the Lord sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.
21 But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the Lord thy God in Gilgal.
22 And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
24 And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.
25 Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the Lord.
26 And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord hath rejected thee from being king over Israel.
27 And as Samuel turned about to go away, he laid hold upon the skirt of his mantle, and it rent.
28 And Samuel said unto him, The Lord hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, that is better than thou.

What is the Jesus Sacrifice
God Said I Will Have Mercy and Not Sacrifice

Note: God gave both commandments, which are totally contrary to one another.

It definitely was not a "One Size Fits All" commandment.

It was a unique situation, and all Laws do not apply to all things.

Just as Jesus said ...

Matthew 19:11

All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given.

The Old Covenant Law said ... An eye for an eye.

Leviticus 24:19-20

19 And if a man cause a blemish in his neighbour; as he hath done, so shall it be done to him;
20 Breach for breach, eye for eye, tooth for tooth: as he hath caused a blemish in a man, so shall it be done to him again.

However ... Jesus defined the law.

Matthew 5:38-39

38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
39 But, I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Jesus did not change the law but rather gave us the Spiritual meaning.

Don't assume that Jesus meant that you can use this as an excuse to do whatever you want. You are responsible for what you know applies to you. And Jesus gave us the gift of discernment by way of the Holy Spirit to guide us in Truth.

It isn't that the Law is done away with in the sense that it should not be followed. God forbid. Paul explains throughout many of his Epistles that this isn't the case.

Here's a good rule of thumb:

Luke 12:48

For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

More is expected of those who know more.

What is the Jesus Sacrifice Purpose
I Will Have Mercy and Not Sacrifice Passage

This not only goes for material things, but understanding, Faith, discernment, Love ... all those good spiritual gifts that the Lord bestows on us.

Take a moment to read this little story that explains:

Luke 7:36-50

36 And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat.
37 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment,
38 And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.
39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.
40 And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.
41 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.
42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?

43 Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.
44 And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.
45 Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.
46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.
47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.

48 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.
49 And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also?
50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.

As sinners and Christians, we must be careful not to judge others for their sins ... Or how they discern the Law of the Lord for their own life. God is the only Judge:

Matthew 20:1-16

1 For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.
2 And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
3 And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,
4 And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way.
5 Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise.
6 And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?
7 They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive.
8 So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first.
9 And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.
10 But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny.
11 And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house,
12 Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.
13 But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny?
14 Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee.
15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?
16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

You can check out the First Be Last study to better understand. Back to our I Will Have Mercy and Not Sacrifice Bible verse study ... Every person is unique, and only you can decide what God requires of you, how His Law applies to your life, and how wide you will open your heart to His Law. If you've judged another or yourself without considering that we are each "Custom Made" by our Creator, and that "One Size Fits All" is for Grace, not Law ... You learn something new every day. Today your light is shining even brighter, and you can carry on, serving the Lord even better than yesterday.

Isaiah 51:7

Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.

I have heard some say that whether a man steals a loaf of bread to prove he could do so or if another man stole a loaf of bread to feed his starving child after asking for it and was told no, that God considers both a thief. That a law is a law.

I tell you a Truth my friends. I am so glad those people ain't my judge. Myself, I believe that at Judgment Day, our Father will ask the Bread shop owner why he did not share a piece of bread with the poor man's child. No, my friends, God judges the heart of every matter in a fair and balanced Spiritual manner.

Just read what Jesus has shared in the Gospels and you will know this to be Truth.

The Jesus sacrifice saves souls and the, I will have mercy and not sacrifice is the new way. So, the next time someone tries to use law to judge something you say or do ... If the shoe fits, slap that rascal on Cinderella. but, if it does not, do not allow anyone to make you wear it. Take it to the only true Judge. The one who believes in Mercy and Grace.

Matthew 19:3

But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.