Hebrews 10:6-7 What Pleases God

 

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with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. Then I said, ‘Here I am–it is written about me in the scroll–I have come to do your will, my God.’ Hebrews 10:6-7

Determining what pleases a god is what a lot of people are trying to do all over the world. People in every religious belief are striving to please their god in whatever way possible.

The majority of people and religions focus on sacrifices to please their god. Several religions will offer animal or food sacrifices, while many will focus on physical sacrifice of self. People will beat themselves or deny themselves of pleasures of food or things in order to attempt to please their god.

While in false religions, where people are worshipping false gods, this is often expected, it also occurs within Christianity. There are many people who are offering sacrifices to attempt to please God. They give up certain things, they get rid of certain things in their attempt. At times this is needed because God has called them to do that sacrifice, but often it is just trying to please God without doing what pleases God.

In the verse today, it is quoting from Psalm 40:6-8 and what Jesus, Himself had also quoted about Himself. God did not really want all of the sacrifices that were prescribed in the Old Testament Law. What He wanted was an obedient heart, a person who would do His will–the very thing Jesus did.

Believers today need to focus on doing God’s will in every area of their lives. There will be times that they must offer a sacrifice, but in order for that sacrifice to mean anything, they must be doing God’s will and desire.

God’s will is for every person to love Him with all of their life and love others also. This means one will do whatever God wants, when He wants and how He wants it done. This means people will strive to be a living example of Jesus to the world.

You are a disciple of Jesus, so you are to live your life just as Jesus did.

Sacrificing your time and money does some good, but to please God focus on doing His will. Find out what God wants you to do and do it with a cheerful heart to the best of your ability. In this way you will please God.

I pray today that you will know what God wants you to do; that you will do what God wants you to do; that your life and heart will please God; that your life will be just like that of Jesus; and that God will be pleased with your thoughts and actions.

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Deuteronomy 14:27 Don’t Neglect Ministers

And do not neglect the Levites living in your towns, for they have no allotment or inheritance of their own. Deuteronomy 14:27

After telling the Israelites to set aside a tenth of all the produce they grow, Moses tells the people not to neglect the Levites. The setting aside of the tenth was their way of paying tithe. The Levites were the leaders who ran the tabernacle in the wilderness, and later the temple in Israel. These men did not have a regular job on the side to provide for themselves. All their needs were met through the tithes and other offerings.

Today there are no more Levites in a temple or tabernacle. These people are now the ministers or pastors and other full-time leaders in the church. Many of these men and women do not have a full-time job outside of the ministry. They have dedicated their life to the work inside the church.

People look at many of these ministers and expect them to completely live on faith in God. They are often expected to live on very little or no money. Yet, it is through the offerings and tithes of the people who God meets the needs of these ministers.

God requires tithes to be paid. Offerings are an option for people. They are above and beyond the required tithes. These are what help build the minister and church beyond just the little that they are.

If every believer gave their tithe faithfully, the needs of the church would be met. If every believer gave offerings above those tithes, the needs of the ministers and others would be met.

God uses you to meet the needs of the church and its leaders. When you hold back any part of your tithe or offerings, you hold God back from meeting a need.

Just as you want your needs met, you should also want the needs of others in the church met.

How are you doing at giving God  your tithe?

How are you doing at giving God offerings above the tithe?

Are neglecting the ministers and church, or are you supporting them?

I pray today that God will help you to pay your tithe; that God will lay it on your heart to give offerings; that God will use you to meet the needs of ministers; and that as you help others, you will see God meet your own needs.

Leviticus 1:3 Correct Offerings

“If the offering is a burnt offering from the herd, you are to offer a male without defect. You must present it at the entrance to the tent of meeting so that it will be acceptable to the LORD.” Leviticus 1:3

The book of Leviticus is a book of regulations of all requirements for the Israelites in following God. A large portion of it deals with the various animal sacrifices that are required. One of the common rules with all of the sacrifices of animals is that it must be without defect. This is stated over and over throughout the book.

An animal with a defect is one that has been injured, born with an abnormality, dirty, or weak. This animal had to be in perfect condition. If it was not in excellent condition, the sacrifice would not be accepted by God.

The idea behind God’s rules on this was so that people would not offer their worst or their leftovers. God only wants the best from every person. God was making a way to get right with Him. In the Old Testament it was through sacrifices of animals that the way was cleared.

In the New Testament it had changed. There was no longer any need for a sacrifice for salvation. Jesus became the perfect sacrifice without any defects.

Despite the idea that sacrifices are not needed for salvation, sacrifices to God are to be made on a regular basis by believers. Sacrifice of time, money, energy, material items, and the list goes on.

God pours blessings into your life so that you may in turn pour blessings into the lives of others. What God does not want from you is the leftovers. Many Christians get their paycheck, pay their bills, set aside their retirement, take some “fun” money, and then with what is leftover give some to God as an offering. This is a defective offering.

God wants the best from you. Give God your best time, efforts, and materials. He will pour out many blessings on you when you put Him first in everything. Don’t give Him the leftovers or the junk, but only the best offerings.

I pray today that you will understand the offering God gave  you in Jesus; that you will only give God the best of everything  you have and are; that you will learn to offer proper sacrifices to God daily; and that you will have the right heart towards loving and worshipping God.

Hebrews 10:5-7 Not Sacrifice, But Service

“Therefor, when Christ came into the world, he said: Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. Then I said, Here I am–it is written about me in the scroll–I have come to do your will, my God.” Hebrews 10:5-7

Even though God had set up the Old Testament Law of offerings and sacrifices, it was not what He ultimately wanted. All of those sacrifices could not remove sin nor change the heart of a person. The Law was just a set up to get the people ready for Jesus, who was prophesied about while Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden, several thousand years before the Law came into existence.

People have a love-hate relationship with rules and regulations. They like them because then they know what they can get by with and still be legal. At the same time they hate them because it points out what they cannot do legally.

Look anywhere in the world and you can see that rules do not change hearts. People will still break the rules and follow their own ways, trying to not get caught.

When Jesus came, He came saying He was there to do the will of His Father. His heart was in the right place. As a believer you are to be just like Jesus.

Just like a parent wants their children to want to do the right thing, God wants His children to want to do the right thing. You were also prophesied about as being one of the many children of Abraham and one of the many to follow Jesus. In a sense “it was written about” you “in the scroll.”

How are you living your life?

Are you trying to offer sacrifices and offerings to God to please Him?

Or are you trying to please Him by doing His will?

Find out what God wants you to do and do it. That will please God. He wants your heart and service, not the sacrifice and offering.

I pray today that you will know God’s will for your life; that God will have your heart; that your life will be one of service to and for God; and that God will use you to reach this world for Jesus.

Hebrews 9:14 A Greater Cleansing

“How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!” Hebrews 9:14

Throughout the Old Testament high priests had to offer goats and other animals as a sacrifice for the sins of the people. It was looked upon as a great thing. Yet, all it did was cover up the sins of the people. Those sacrifices were unable to remove the sins.

When Jesus came, He came as the High Priest. He had to offer a sacrifice, not for His owns sins, but for the sins of all the people of the world. The sacrifice He chose was the perfect one–Himself.

He went into God’s presence as the High Priest to offer His sacrifice. He laid Himself upon the altar of God–the cross. There He shed His blood for every sin of every person throughout all time.

The author of Hebrews now is saying think about this. If the blood of those animals was great, even though they really did not do anything of eternal value, how much more valuable is the blood of Jesus?

His blood does not just cover up your sins, it removes your sins. It not only removes the sins, it clears your guilty conscience so that you may serve God.

Many believers condemn themselves because of past sins. They feel guilty about committing some sins over and over. Jesus shed His blood to remove the guilt and to cleanse your past. You may now stand holy and righteous before God.

Since you are now holy and righteous, you may also stand before God to serve Him. What does God want you to do for Him?

Kings have servants who clean floors, provide food, provide entertainment, and many other things. God wants you to reach His lost children, be the witness of Jesus, and be His hands, feet and voice in this lost world.

You may be small in the world’s and your own eyes, but to God you are a great servant if you are doing what He wants you to do.

How are you serving God today?

I pray today that God will reveal ways He wants you to serve Him; that God will provide the strength to do His work; that you will be willing to do what God wants; and that you will be holy and righteous in Jesus.

1 Peter 2:4-5 A Living Building

“As you come to him, the living Stone–rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him–you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 2:4-5

Jesus is the living Stone. He is the foundation of salvation for all mankind. Men rejected Him when He walked on the earth, ultimately killing Him on the cross. Although men rejected Him, God chose Him. Jesus is precious to God.

Now Peter tells you that you also are precious to God. You also are a living stone. You are no longer dead in your sins. Your sins have been washed away and you have been given a new life in Jesus. You are a new creation.

With being a living stone, you are now being built into a spiritual house. When you started following Jesus it did not mean that all work was done and you are to sit back and wait for His return. In a building every nail, screw, and board has a purpose. If any part does not fulfill its purpose, the integrity of the building is broken.

You are called to be a holy priesthood. This means you are responsible for the guilt offerings and the praise offerings to God. Although you cannot forgive anyone of their sins, you can pray for them and lift them up before God. Not only can you offer sacrifices of praise to God for what He is doing in your own life, you can also do so for what He is doing in the lives of others.

All of these sacrifices are to be done in and through Jesus Christ. As a priest, you now have the ability to stand directly before God for yourself and for everyone else.

Seek God today on how to best offer spiritual sacrifices to Him. Be willing to stand in the gap for the lost. Be willing to praise God for the good things He is doing in the lives of others. Build each other up in Jesus. Only God can show you what your purpose is in His building.

I pray that today God will guide you in your offerings to Him; that God will reveal His purpose for you in His building; that God will give you His strength to do your part; that God will keep you living and alive for Him as He builds His spiritual building; and that God will find your offerings acceptable through Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 10:5-7 Pleasing God

“Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: ‘Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. Then I said, ‘Here I am–it is written about me in the scroll–I have come to do your will, my God.'” Hebrews 10:5-7

When Jesus made this statement, He was talking to God the Father and was quoting from Psalm 40:6-8. He states that God does not really want burnt and sin offerings. Under the Old Testament Law this was what was required of God…burnt offerings and sin offerings for all the sins of the people.

Why did God not desire these offerings that He put in place?  God wanted fellowship with all men. In order to have that fellowship, all the sin in the lives of men had to be destroyed forever. These offerings could not completely get rid of sin out of a person’s heart and life.They were only a symbol of what was to come.

God saw this problem from the beginning and had a solution in mind. Jesus also understood the mindset of God. Jesus went before God the Father and stated that He was available to do whatever was needed to accomplish God’s desires. Jesus was ready to do God’s will. This was not an easy task. He knew that He would have to die for the sins of the people in order to please God. The death and resurrection of Jesus provided for the removal of all sins in our lives. We no longer have to sacrifice ourselves to get rid of sin, Jesus had done the work.

Often people feel like they must spend hours in prayer or Bible reading, or go to church every Sunday just to please God. This is not the case, although God desires those things also. What God wants from each person is to be willing to do His will in every area of their life. What is God asking you to do today? It may be a sacrifice in an area of your life. Or it may be to go speak to someone, or help someone. Or it may be to witness to a group. Or may be something crazy, like jumping up and down in the street. Only God can reveal His desires to you. He knows the big picture and what needs to happen and when. Ask God what He has for you each and every day. His will may not be the same each day for you.

Today I pray that God will reveal His will for your life to you; that God will open your ears to hear from Him; that God will open your eyes to see Him; that God will give you the strength to do His will; and that God will help you to say “Here I am, I have come to do your will, my God”.