13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
In the English language one of the synonyms for faithfulness is authentic. This is interesting to me because in this verse Jesus is quoting Hosea 6:6. “For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.” This verse has to do with authentic worship of God within the context of the covenant.
Jesus is basically telling the Pharisee’s your faith isn’t real it’s all a sham. Because, if you truly knew God and walked with Him and in His ways then you would be authentic in your faith, and admit you need a savior just like these people have.
I think we are in danger of becoming like the Pharisee’s as well. We who have experienced the mercy and faithful love of God can easily slide into a judgmental, envious attitude, and in our minds justify writing people off who need the mercy and faithful love of God through Jesus Christ. When we remember that no one deserves or earns mercy, then we will be authentic in our walk with God. One of the ways to do this is to remind ourselves that perhaps no one needs the faithful love and mercy of God more than us, because we are often not very faithful to Him.