The Prophet therefore anticipates this evasion, and says, Mercy I desire, and not sacrifice; as though he said, “I know what you are ready to allege, and that you will say, that you offer sacrifices to me, that you perform all the ceremonies; but this excuse is deemed by me frivolous and of no moment.” Why?

The feeblest glimpse of hope in his word, is a sure earnest of increasing light and comfort, which shall be attended with purifying, comforting grace that makes fruitful. 12. In the same manner also ought many other passages to be explained, which frequently occur in the Prophets. They are set together, because they must not be sundered in our practice. "Commentary on Hosea 6:6". Ephraim”: In the house of Israel is the whoredom of Jeroboam, who was of the

How had the prophets cut down idolatry. 16. Hosea 6 – “Come, Let Us Return to the Lord” A. Offer unto God thanksgiving, etc. Under “sacrifice and burnt-offerings” is comprehended all their ceremonial performances so far as they were mere external performances rested on by the people. This peculiar word occurs again in Jeremiah. desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and I will have mercy and not sacrifice.” He bade them learn that deeper meaning of the words, that God valued mercy for the souls for which Christ died, above that outward propriety, that He, the All-Holy, should not feast familiarly with those who profaned God‘s law and themselves.

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BibliographyBarnes, Albert. There is a great harvest at the end than burnt-offerings”: Hearty, affectionate knowledge of God, which fills the For, if they were united, they would not be contrasted.

For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. will fare no better than Ephraim, the northern kingdom; for it committed the

of sin, it would not be in vain. 1801-1803. 3:5). Therefore, the false notion that animal sacrifices were never really part of God's will is to be rejected. Mercy to man who needed it, without a sacrifice to me who need it not, was more pleasing than a sacrifice (though required) with cruelty to man, which I forbade. (function() { As we go about the business of serving God, there are many distractions along the way.

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Hosea 6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. For I desire mercy and not sacrifice: At this time, God’s people were still good at bringing sacrifice (Hosea 5:6).

But consider, Brethren, what must be the consequence of defying God in this daring and contemptuous manner? O, that you would lay it to heart, before it be too late! The rule of true religion requires that all God commands should be respected, and obedience endeavoured, so that moral duties be chiefly made conscience of. Yet neither does mercy itself avail without true knowledge of God.

For Christ is the mercy promised; and Christ the one all-sufficient sacrifice with which alone God is well pleased.

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"[15] Such views would mean, of course, that God was rejecting what he himself had commanded in the law of Moses, and even much earlier, going back to the sacrifices offered by Cain and Abel. By mercy is here meant, not only all that is due from man to man, considered as fellow-creatures, and members of civil society; but also those acts of benevolence, which, though not claimable on principles of justice, yet must be performed by us, as we have opportunity, if we would be the children of our Father who is in heaven: see Matthew 5:45.

And as these words are twice quoted by our Lord, at one time to justify his mercy, pity, and compassion, to the souls of poor sinners, by conversing with them, Matthew 9:13; and at another time to justify the disciples in an act of mercy to their bodies when hungry, by plucking ears of corn on the sabbath day, Matthew 12:7; "mercy" may here respect both acts of mercy shown by the Lord, and acts of mercy done by men; both which the Lord wills, desires, and delights in: he takes pleasure in showing mercy himself, as appears by his free and open declarations of it; by the throne of grace and mercy he has set up; by the encouragement he gives to souls to hope in his mercy; by the objects of it, the chief of sinners; by the various ways he has taken to display it, in election, in the covenant of grace, in the mission of Christ, in the pardon of sin by him, and in regeneration; and by his opposing it to everything else, in the affair of salvation. Israel Unrepentant - “Come, let us return to the LORD. rain:” God will no longer deal with Israel like a “moth” and “rottenness” thing thought of," especially an evil, and so, deliberate, contrived,