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Hello Out There! ; )

This verse from psalms reminded me of all we have been reading in Leviticus regarding sacrifices:

"In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted, but you have given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering you have not required." -Psalm 40:6

And the Believer's Bible Commentary here fleshes this out nicely:

"In Heb_10:5-9 we learn that these words were the language of the Son of God when He came into the world. He was saying, in effect, that although God had instituted sacrifice and offering for the nation of Israel, they never represented His ultimate intention. They were designed as types and shadows of something better to come. As temporary stop-gaps, they had their place. But God was never really satisfied with them; to Him they were less than ideal because they did not provide a final solution to the sin problem. Recognizing the inherent weakness of burnt offerings and sin offerings, God instead opened the ears of His Beloved Son. This simply means that the Savior's ears were open to hear and to obey the will of His Father. It was with this attitude of willing and ready obedience that Christ came into the world."--Believer's Bible Commentary

With all of those regulations and requirements, it was still not really what the Lord was after with all of us (thank God!) I would crumble under that, at least I think I would from my comfort-driven 21st century perspective.

Thank God that Christ was open to obedience, to bearing our sins when we were clearly not able.

I love this verse from Psalm 40 too:

"He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock." -Psalm 40:2

Surely He's done this for ALL who trust in Him. Isn't there an old song/hymn that uses this imagery: "He took my fee out of miry clay" or something along those lines? And it reminds me of Pilgrim's Progress too when little Christian was trying to get through that bog.

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