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Moving Toward Mercy

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Date: June 2, 2019

Speaker: Jay O'Brien

Series: The Gospel of Matthew

Scripture: Matthew 5:7

How Jesus moves us toward mercy


  • moving from ignorance toward awareness
  • moving from indifference toward significance 

Matthew 9:11-13

11 And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12 But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13 Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”


  • moving from impersonal toward identifying 


Matthew 9:9-11

As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.  10 And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples. 11 And when the Pharisees saw this...


  • moving from momentary outrage toward sustained action