“For I desire and delight in dutiful steadfast love and goodness, not sacrifice, and the knowledge of and acquaintance with God more than burnt offerings.” Hosea 6:6 ->me: Today I was reading Matthew 12:1-7 where Jesus and His disciples were walking through the fields of grain and the disciples started picking the grain off the top of the shoots and eating it. The Pharisees immediately condemned them, pointing their fingers at them and accusing Jesus for allowing them to break the Sabbatical Law. Jesus never disputes that their law was broken, yet He talks about the real focus of what the law existed to do -> to set apart the Jews as a people unto God. Then He brings down the real reason the picking of the grain is not important…it is because dedication to the Lord Himself is God’s desire. Jesus is essentially saying, “I am here before you and my desire and delight is in your dutiful steadfast love and goodness…not the sacrifice of giving up food to hunger. Choosing Me and learning more about Me is better than your burnt offerings…I AM HERE!” Verses 6 and 7 says – “Something greater and more exalted and more majestic than the temple is here! And if you had only known what this saying means, I desire mercy [readiness to help, to spare, to forgive] rather than sacrifice and sacrificial victims!”. This is so awesome. Jesus is IN me and I am IN Him. As a believer and washed by His blood there is no longer a need for ceremonial cleanliness or burnt offerings; I have the cleansing of Jesus’ blood which is eternal. I love my BIBLE!! Thank you God for giving us, who live during this time, the full word of God to know you better.