Opinion of a Sinner vs Opinion of a Pharisee
29. Opinion of a Sinner vs Opinion of a Pharisee
We might conclude from this passage that Jesus’ teachings about forgiveness made him well loved by those who were judged and shunned as sinners by the Jewish establishment. Punishment for sinning was often severe, including being stoned to death. Into such an environment comes a prophet who, as he says, desires mercy, and not sacrifice. Such a teaching would be to sinners what water is to a dry throat.