Hosea 6:6 Not Sacrifice

Hosea 6:6 (KJV)
For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

I know some folks who need to get this. While the Old Testament law had some benefit[1]it was never God’s intention, God’s desire for men to hold to it. God desires mercy and not sacrifice, a relationship with Him and not religious ritual.

There have always been those who, in one form or another, fall back on religion: sacrifice and offerings. It seems, in our modern rebellion against the faith of our fathers, many are turning back to the old heresy of the Judaizers; those who attempted to mix Christianity with Judaism.

To them I present these passages:

1 Samuel 15:22 (KJV)
And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

Psalms 40:6 (KJV)
Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.

Psalms 51:16 (KJV)
For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

Proverbs 21:3 (KJV)
To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

Isaiah 1:11 (KJV)
To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.

Jeremiah 7:22-23 (KJV)
For I spake not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices:
But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.


[1]It was to point to Christ; its precepts picture the perfection of Christ and its demands teach us that righteousness cannot come by the Law. We need an advocate – Jesus Christ.

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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