January 16, Reading 3 – Matthew 12:1-21


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SAA Notes

Verse 14 tells us a tragic truth. There will always be people whose hearts are ruled by jealousy, malice, envy and the other deeds of sinful flesh (Galatians 5:19-21). Never be surprised when people respond to a wonderful event with anger and malice. It is also good to reflect on what Jesus said re the Sabbath.

SJA Notes

We get things so wrong don’t we! The fabric of the universe, the fundamental rules that we are blind too in our sin but that the Lord reveals through His word.

“And if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless.”

When we speak to people, with an imperative that they know Jesus, do we witness in mercy? Do we show forth God’s mercy?

When Bildad speaks to Job a very staunchly religious (with zero love) platitude in Job 25, Job’s response echoes Jesus’ words.

“How you have helped him who has no power! How you have saved the arm that has no strength! How you have counseled him who has no wisdom, and plentifully declared sound knowledge!”

The sacrifice of the Pharisees was the same sacrifice we make – We hold to our own strength and power, instead of relying on God and trusting Him. We want to control what is happening, we seek to put in place more and more structures that will keep things the way we want them.

But that is not God’s way.

Jesus calls us to MERCY!

How do we help those who don’t know Jesus? How do we speak to them? Those that don’t have the wisdom of God?

We need mercy. The mercy that means we don’t get what we deserve. The mercy that saw Jesus take on the full cost, the actual proper and true sacrifice, the only one that matters – Now and then, for all time.

Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

* Gracious Father,

Thank You that Jesus is the sacrifice that matters. That He shows us Your mercy.

Thank You that You saved us Lord, that You wrote our names in the book of life before the world was made.

Please help us to be more like Jesus each day, to show forth Your mercy in our thinking, our words and our deeds.


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