This morning as I was searching for a story in Matthew, I ran across something interesting.
In Matthew 9:9-13, Jesus walked up on Matthew while he was working and told him to be one of his disciples. Which of course Matthew gathered up his stuff and followed Jesus. Later on, Matthew invited Jesus to eat with him and a few others. Well, the Pharisees noticed this and asked Matthew, “Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?” (In another words, Why is your teacher eating with tax collectors and sinners)
Not even giving Matthew a chance to say anything, Jesus said, “They that be whole need not a physician but they that are sick, 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.”
Mercy in the greek means “checed – goodness, kindness, favour”
Hosea being in the old testiment was orginally written in Hebrew. The hebrew meaning for “More than burnt offerings – ascent, go up to, usually a holocaust (as going up in smoke) — ascent, burnt offering (sacrifice), go up to.
In the beginning of this scripture it says “For I desired”, as if this is past tense. The original greek word for this is “chaphets – to delight in, to be pleased with, desire”
It’s not “desired”, it is to delight in! He desires us to be favored. He desires us to have goodness.
The sacrificial lamb has already been slayed. God sent his son, Jesus (Son of Man), to take on the sin of the world. All he wants is for us to know him. “Knowledge of God”
Knowledge in the hebrew “daath” is from the Origin of “yada” which means to know, acknowledge, acquainted with, advise, answer, appoint, assuredly, be aware.
He wants us to know him. He wants us to acknowledge him. He wants us to be acquainted with him. He wants us to answer to him. And so on.
He is not here to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. I don’t like the word “repentance” for a few reasons. Maybe because I have heard it so much in my lifetime. “Ohhh you must repent your sins so you will be saved” “Repent, Repent!” All repent is, is a change of mind, changing your thinking of how you use to think. Repentance in the greek means metanoia – repentance, a change of mind, change in the inner man.
He wants you to know that it is okay that you have sinned. He sent Jesus to take all that away. Our flesh will never be perfect. Our flesh will always fall short but our spirits are made perfect because we were made in his image.