Sin really is serious. It cuts us off from God, and from all blessings that flow from Him. The horror is in verses 7:8,9 – we get to the stage when we can no longer tell deception from blessing.
God has a lot to say in this passage!
We see His consistency. “For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.” David speaks of this in Psalm 40 v6-7 and Psalm 51 v16-17. And Paul tells us in Romans 12 that the offering acceptable to God is ourselves, living sacrifices!
We see something very important in v7, that God and Adam had a covenant! Abraham wasn’t the first that God made a covenant with. Which might seem obvious, but sometimes we tend to think of Adam and Eve in very simplistic binary fashion. And this covenant was made BEFORE Gensis 3, before sin.
God speaks clearly, particularly in ch 7, of the folly of bad religion, of head-knowledge spiritualism without the heart.
“I would redeem them, but they speak lies against me.” Says the Lord.
And then He points right to the problem, “They do not cry to me from the heart, but they wail upon their beds;”
True HEART religion is what God wants. David knew it. Paul knew it. And we know it!
What does this kind of religion look like?
Paul tells Timothy in 1 Tim 2, that it is PRAYER and GODLINESS.
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”
Do our lives look like this? Quiet and peaceful? Godly and dignified?
We should strive to be as this, because “This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
Let’s be encouraged and convicted in this, to test our lives against this standard. Living sacrifices. True hearts after God’s own heart. Peaceable and quiet lives. PRAYERFUL.
* God above, thank You for Your word. Make us a PRAYERFUL people today, convict us of our desperate and daily need to commune with You, to wrestle with You, to bring our cares and worries to You, to give You thanks.