Matthew 12:7 Fingers Pointing Back

Matthew 12:7 (KJV)
But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.

The Pharisees saw the disciples plucking corn on the Sabbath and challenged Jesus for it. After citing several Biblical examples of something similar to plucking corn on the Sabbath, Jesus pointed three fingers of judgment back at them.

A judgment against their ignorance
They did not know what the Bible, they claimed to be experts in means when it says, “I will have mercy and not sacrifice.”

A judgment against their judgment
Because they did not know what the Scripture means, they did what the Scripture taught them not to do. They judged and condemned others.

A judgment against their discernment
They were wrong for condemning in the first place but their error was compounded because those they condemned were guiltless.

  • They didn’t understand the Bible
  • They didn’t understand the nature of judgment and
  • They didn’t understand the difference between guilt and guiltlessness

Great harm is done by the one who presumes to be an expert in the Word of God but does not know the heart of God concerning mercy and religion.


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Matthew 12:7 Fingers Pointing Back

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Author: marvinmck

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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