May 2017 Newsletter - "What True Mercy Is" by Megan Arriaza
Hos 6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
When I was in the religious system, I heard many “christians” quote this scripture: They claimed is was speaking of having compassion, love, etc. and they use this scripture to justify their false grace message. However, I didn’t feel comfortable with that explanation and could never understand what it was really speaking about. However, since coming into Forerunner Ministries International and learning the Prophetic Torah, I now truly understand what it is speaking of.
The definition of the word mercy in the Ancient Hebrew Bible Lexicon (Strong’s #H2617, AHLB #2181) speaks about bowing your neck as a sign or respect or kindness.
An ox bows its neck when a yoke is placed upon it. If we look at this prophetically, we can see that an ox is symbolic of an apostle or High Priest. Paul gives reference to this in 1 Corinthians 9:9-10.
For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen? Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.
Yeshua talks about the yoke in Matthew 11:28-30. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
In the Hebrew alphabet the 12th letter is Lamed. The lamed is known as the shepherd’s staff or the rod and is also symbolic of a yoke. It speaks of having authority and prophetic teaching. When Yeshua speaks of his yoke that is easy, he is speaking of his teaching and his ways. YHVH never wanted carnal/literal sacrifices. He wanted obedience to the voice (prophetic/secret teaching), his true yoke.
Isaiah 1:11 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 7:21-23 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Put your burnt offerings unto your sacrifices, and eat flesh. 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.
He wanted them to understand that they were the beast and they needed to present themselves as sacrifices
Ecclesiastes 3:18 I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.
Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
He desired for them to have Knowledge. In Hebrew, one of the definitions for the word knowledge speaks of discernment between the natural/carnal and the spiritual/mystical: to have eyes to see and ears to hear the spiritual Torah not the dead letter of the Law.
Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
2 Corinthians 3:6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
Yeshua rebuked the pharisees with this verse in Matthew 9:10-13
And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
The Pharisees were the teachers of the Law, and the only thing they knew was the dead letter. They had no spiritual understanding of who Yeshua was nor did they understand the secrets and mysteries of the scripture. Hence why Yeshua told them to learn (receive the yoke) of what He was saying. Righteousness speaks of having right understanding. Mind you, the pharisees and Sadducees had the Torah memorized. So head knowledge isn’t going to cut it; we need to see the secrets hidden within.
Matthew 5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
To sum things up, having mercy on someone has a lot more to do than just being kind. Mercy is bringing people out of their sin (ignorance) and teaching them the revelation which only comes through the mysteries and secrets.
Luke 6:36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.