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No delight in the sacrifice

Discussion in 'General Theology' started by rockytopva, Jul 19, 2019.

  1. rockytopva

    rockytopva Love to pray! :) Supporter

    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. - Isaiah 1:11

    Interesting that God begins Isaiah by saying he had no delight in the sacrifice. What he desired was....

    Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: - Isaiah 1:17-19
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  2. rockytopva

    rockytopva Love to pray! :) Supporter

    The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.- Psalms 51:17
  3. Soyeong

    Soyeong Well-Known Member

    God would not have commanded His people to make offering if they were not something that He wanted them to do, so the issue is that the offering in themselves are not want God wanted as though there was intrinsic merit to slaughtering animals, but rather they were the means to the means of expressing a broken and contrite heart, which is what what God was after. In Exodus, it ends with the glory of God descending on the tent of meeting and with the problem of no one being able to approach, while Leviticus begins with God calling out instruction for how to draw near to Him, and that is what the root word of "offering" means. So the purpose of Leviticus was not to teach us how to deprive ourselves of livestock, but to teach us how to draw close to God, so if someone was making an offering without repenting and returning back to obedience to God, then they were missing the whole point.