“To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.”
I’m not sure we realize how powerful this verse is. We all know it’s better to do right than to not do right. But to say that it’s more important than sacrifice, we need to dig a little deeper.
Remember sacrifice during this time period, meant killing an animal, and that usually meant a sin offering. So what this means here is that is better to not sin – then to have to make it right later! Oh wow!!
So how does this apply to us today? Since we don’t sacrifice animals in our times, what is our sacrifice in the modern world setting? Praise. It is actually better for us to not sin at all, then to pray or praise God, with our hearts and minds not right. Oh wow again!
I was told once of a missionary overseas that could not forgive her sister. I don’t know what the sister did, but the missionary was helping the poor in another country. This missionary had a bitter attitude though, and would say things like, “I could never forgive my sister!!” She seethed with anger almost like a snake.
Friends it would have been better for that missionary to go home, and work it out with her sister, and especially to forgive her. Yes, it was even more important than helping the poor. This reminds me so much of Matthew 5 and Matthew 18, in the New Testament.
Lord God, thank You that You have our best interest at heart. Help us to have a strong faith in You, the type of faith that says I will do what is right! I will forgive and move on if needed. We don’t want to offer any bad sacrifices to You Our God. You are holy! Amen and amen.
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quote from the NIV Bible