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SEPTEMBER 3

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

 

 He who gives his will, his heart, to the Lord, gives all; he who gives not his will, who comes not in obedience of heart unto the Lord, can offer no sacrifice to the Lord that could be acceptable. “Behold to obey is better than sacrifice” is a lesson which should be deeply engraved upon the hearts of all the sanctified in Christ Jesus. To have the spirit of obedience is necessary, too, and whoever has the spirit of obedience will not only obey the Divine will but also will seek to know the Divine will more and more that he may obey it. It is of this class that the Scriptures declare, “His word was found and I did eat it”; and again, in the words of our Lord, “I delight to do thy will, O my God; yea, thy law is within my heart.

 

 

 Parallel passages: 1.Sam. 15: 22; Psa. 50: 7-15; Eccles. 5: 1; Isa. 1: 10-20; 58; Matt. 12: 7; Mic. 6: 6-8; Jer.7: 21-28; Dan. 4: 27; Amos 5: 21-26; Matt. 5: 7; 9: 13; Prov. 21: 3; Mark 12: 33; Hosea 4: 1; 6: 6; 1.Chron. 29: 9; Jer. 22: 16; l. John 2: 3; 3:6.