” If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent.
For The Son Of Man Is Lord of the Sabbath.” Matthew 12:7-8
In Matthew 12, we see an opposition between The Lord Jesus and the Pharisees. The Pharisees were committed to strict compliance with The Law of Moses. While The Lord Jesus cared more about the welfare of man. The Pharisees condemned the fact that the disciples Of The Lord Jesus, who were hungry, picked some heads of grain and ate them on the Sabbath, which was considered as a day of rest according to The Law of Moses. Similarly, they were unhappy that The Lord Jesus healed a man whose hand was shriveled on the Sabbath. The Lord Jesus told them that He desired mercy, not sacrifice because it’s not our sacrifice and fasting that please The Lord, but rather the way we treat our neighbor, our mercy toward others.