Text: “Neither by the blood of bulls and goats and calves, but by His own (sinless) Blood He entered in once into the Holy Place, having obtained Eternal redemption for us.”
Good morning, Open-eared Christian! Your ears and mine are Spiritually unique, there are no other ears like the God-given ears of a true and genuine, Bible-believing, Spiritually regenerate Christian.
Your ears and mine were first Divinely opened by God the Holy Spirit in order that we might effectively hear the Gospel message of Eternal Salvation in Christ and in His one-time Sacrifice for sin alone, and be saved. Once saved, our ears were then, Spiritually, drawn to the Cross of Christ Jesus, and there pierced through. We were granted the Divine privilege of being willing bond-slaves of our Redeemer King, Jesus Christ. Hallelujah! We are bought-and-paid-for slaves of King Jesus! Yet, our Master and Lord has set us Eternally FREE! Hallelujah! What a Saviour!
“What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
“He/she that hath an ear, let him/her hear what the Spirit (God the Spirit) saith unto the churches.” (Revelation 2:29)
Verse 6. “Sacrifice and offering Thou didst not desire; mine ears hast Thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast Thou not required.” (Psalm 40:6)
All the animal ‘sacrifices’ and ‘sin-offerings’ of the Jewish Nation could never and can never ever take away the guilt, shame, or punishment required of mankind by a Holy Lord God of wrath against all sin. Only a sinless and perfect Sacrifice would do.
Each and every such animal ‘sacrifice’ or ‘sin-offering’ was a type, a symbolic illustration, pointing forward in the history of God’s chosen people to the real and perfect Sacrifice of Christ Jesus the sinless Lamb of God, upon a cruel Cross at Calvary.
Only HIS Sacrifice of Himself on that Cross can pay the price required of our thrice Holy Lord God for our sin – original sin inherited from our progenitor, Adam, and the sins we have committed, and continue to commit, in our daily lives. (1 John 1:10
“Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own Blood He entered in once into the Holy Place (Heaven), having obtained Eternal Redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: how much more shall the Blood of Christ, Who through the Eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the Living God?” (Hebrews 9:12-14)
Verse 6. “Here we enter upon one of the most wonderful passages on the whole of the Old Testament, a passage in which the incarnate (God in bodily form) Son of God is seen not through a glass darkly but as it were face to face.
“Sacrifice and offering Thou didst not desire. In themselves considered, and for their own sakes, the Lord saw nothing satisfactory in the various offerings of the ceremonial law. Neither the victim pouring forth its blood, nor the fine flour rising in smoke from the altar, could yield content to Jehovah’s mind; He cared not for the flesh of bulls or of goats, neither had He pleasure in corn and wine and oil.
“Typically these offerings had their worth, but when Jesus, the Antitype, came into the world, they ceased to be of value, as candles are of no estimation when the sun has arisen.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 194)
Genuine, Spiritually regenerate, Bible-believing Christians are sinners who have had our Spiritual ears opened, literally ‘digged’, like the willing bond slave of Exodus 21:5-6 (Please read these two verses of Scripture and understand.).
Verse 6. “Mine ears hast Thou opened. The literal translation is , ‘mine ears hast Thou digged (or pierced) through’, which may well be interpreted as meaning ‘Thou hast accepted Me at thy slave,’ an allusion to the custom (Exodus 21:6) of masters boring the ear of a slave who had refused his offered freedom, in token of retaining him.” (Daniel Cresswell1776-1844)
Such ‘open-eared Christians’ have, by God’s quickening power and grace, committed our entire lives to the service of Christ Jesus, our Redeemer King. We fail to maintain a perfect obedience to His will due to the natural infirmities of our fallen flesh and mind. However, our committed motivation is to serve the Lord Jesus to the very best of our Spirit-aided abilities, trusting in Him for the Eternal outcome of our efforts, and all to the greater glory of His Holy Name. The Lord knows the intents of our hearts and minds and rewards us accordingly as our motivation to serve Him remains faithful. Wow! What a Salvation plan! Hallelujah! What a Saviour Lord God!
“Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect; but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended; but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind (past failings?), and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:12-14)
Thought: “My sheep hear My voice…” Open-eared Christians not only hear with the physical ear, but listen and understand with a born again heart. Obedience is better than sacrifice. Let us go forth and serve the Christ of God more obediently? The Lord bless your every new day, amen.