As the Lord Jesus walked about healing and bringing people to God he was almost constantly troubled by the pharisees and their followers. Often the priests of this class were focused on the letter of the laws of Moses and legalism, but they lacked compassion and genuine obedience to God. The Lord wants love and compassion rather than just doing sacrifice out of obligations to rules.....
"....and to love Him with all your heart and with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself, which is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices."---Mark 12:33. (Hosea 6:6)..
As followers of Jesus we must be careful to keep the proper focus and not get caught up in being like modern pharisees. We are commanded to love God and others. Today we do not have burnt offerings and such but some are overly focused on ritual and sometimes throwing a dollar into a pan rather than giving kindness and help to others. And this is something to think about.
Tags: Compassion Love Obedience Sacrifice