Today, Scripture points are shared on the teaching “mercy not sacrifice.”  For Christian believers, the ministry through sacred law is more to be understood as divine embrace, reconciliation and revelation than enmity from GOD expressed through abstract and formal operations to condemn, exclude, prohibit and rebuke.  Thus, by the appearance of mercy along with impartiality and thoroughness, final judgment proclaims the eternal balance, fairness, goodness, and righteousness of divinity and of Creation.  Correct knowledge of divine doctrine is acquired primarily through action, obedience and service.  Therefore, it is written:  John 7:  14-18, King James Version (KJV):  14 Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught.  15 And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?  16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.  17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.  18 He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory:  but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.  One of the many fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” and who labels himself an atheist (the required profile information not provided) posted the following:

I’m an Atheist but used to be a Catholic and currently talking to the Jehovah’s religion?

I left the Catholic church many years ago in my early 20s because of their hypocrisy. I became an Atheist but now being much older I’m looking for some meaning in my life. At first when the Jehovah’s came knocking at my door I was really rude and ugly. About a month ago they caught me in a good mood so I accepted their magazines. A few days ago in reading the 2015 August Awake! magazine on page 9 I read the incredible sacrifice of this man Felix Alarcon. I know that Jehovah’s have preaching hour quotas that need to be met in order to be considered a good spiritual member. My question is why do the Jehovah’s believe this man is a good example when Jesus himself said he preferred ‘mercy’ and not ‘sacrifice’ in Matthew 9:13 and Matthew 12:7? Doesn’t this send the wrong message that irregardless the members are obligated to do all these things no matter what? I just don’t agree at all and am very put off by it.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn and to eat.  But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.  But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him;  How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests?  Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?  But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.  But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.  For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.  (Matthew 12:  1-8, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Divine Mercy and Revelation? (08/03/2015); Grace is Not Against Law (07/23/2014); Cruel and Offensive (07/24/2014); To Live As a Sacrifice (03/08/2014); A Perfected Body (03/09/2014); On Being Merciful (09/01/2013); A Divine Trickster? (09/02/2013)

“Anonymous”, the teaching “mercy, not sacrifice” pertains to atonement, the expiation of guilt through the offerings of blood, life, and spirit as well as the operations of GOD on behalf of mankind that are to be seen as redemption and salvation.  Unlike compassion that is associated with human feelings, sentiment, and pity, mercy is associated with balance, impartiality and thoroughness in divine judgment.  With that in view, mercy should never be thought of as applying the law with displays of lenience, negligence, and slackness.  The spirit content and divine nature of attitudes, behavior, service and worship are to be discerned and regarded not just their social and surface appearance.  Here, the holy writings include many authoritative points that have been helpful to Christian believers, for example:

(1.)  Hosea 6:  4-7, King James Version (KJV):  4 O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away.  5 Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth:  and thy judgments are as the light that goeth forth.  6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.  7 But they like men have transgressed the covenant:  there have they dealt treacherously against me.

(2.)  Matthew 9:  10-13, KJV:  10 And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.  11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?  12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.  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.

(3.)  Psalms 50:  4-6, KJV:  4 He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people.  5 Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.  6 And the heavens shall declare his righteousness:  for God is judge himself. Selah.

(4.)  Hosea 14:  1-3, KJV:  1 O Israel, return unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity.  2 Take with you words, and turn to the LORD:  say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously:  so will we render the calves of our lips.  3 Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses:  neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, Ye are our gods:  for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Luke 7:  40-50, KJV:  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.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith and willingness to receive answer from GOD.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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