Go, then, and learn what this means, "I want mercy, and not sacrifice." -
Although the Pharisees claimed to believe in the writings of the Hebrew
prophets, they did not embrace this saying from Hosea 6:6. If they were
going to err, they made sure it would be on the side of obedience to
tradition. Each of us could ask ourselves, 'Do I have a reputation of
being a stickler for certain rules? Or do others think of me as being
first of all merciful and god?' Pick, pick, pick. That was the Pharisaic
way. The Pharisees looked for every flaw - real or imagined. They kept
people on the defensive and reminded them of their failures. The Pharisees
prided themselves on tithing the tiniest herbs, like mint, dill, and
cumin. They advertised their piety by their dress and tried to direct the
nation. Surely we must avoid the tendency of always looking for and
highlighting flaws in others.
My God, how can they not realize they are describing themselves. Of all the people that DON"T show mercy to others JW's take the lead. Just had to share.