By that will we have been sanctified

Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, “Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God, as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.'” When he said above, “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law), then he added, “Behold, I have come to do your will.” He does away with the first in order to establish the second. And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Hebrews 10:5-10

God did not desire animal sacrifices from the Israelites. What He wanted was their obedience. The sacrifices were more to show the Jews that their sins came at a cost. To give the best from their flock was a huge sacrifice. But the blood of animals is not important to God. All around the Israelites other culture sacrificed both animals and humans. But even the blood of a person was not what God desired. Every person fell short of the perfection God demands. Even the unblemished animals fell short.

God knew this and He had a plan ready for the proper time. God the Son would come down to earth to live as we do and then after living a sinless life willing sacrifice Himself to pay the price for our sins. Only this perfect sacrifice could pay the price for all our sins past, present and future.

Why wait? I think it was to give the Jews enough time to come to terms with the fact that all their sacrifices over the centuries were not enough. They needed to come to believe that they needed something, someone, more. They needed to Messiah. But more than that they needed a Messiah willing to pay the ultimate price to bring them back in reconciliation with God. Even with all the time God allowed them most still refused to abandon the old ways and accept the new way, Jesus.

Today, even with almost two thousand more years behind us many still cannot bring themselves to accept what Jesus did for them. There within their grasp lies salvation but they are unable to overcome their disbelief to grab it.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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