Out with the Old, In with the New

Previously saying, “Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire (require), nor had pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the law)… – Hebrews 10:8

What did God require of man? Obedience. He said by Samuel, “To obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.” He saith in another place, “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” The requirement of the law was love to God and love to men. This has always been God’s great requirement. He seeks spiritual worship, obedient thought, holy living, grateful praise, devout prayer-these are the requirements of the Creator and Benefactor of men. Ritualistic matters were so far required as they might minister to the good of the people, and while they stood they could not neglect them without loss; but they were not the grand requirement of a just and holy God, and therefore men might fulfill these without stint or omission, and yet God would not have of them what He required. Yes, He asks, “Who hath required this at your hand, to tread My courts?” To see His law magnified, His justice vindicated, His sovereignty acknowledged, and His holiness imitated, is more to His mind. Absolute conformity to the standard of moral and spiritual rectitude which He has set up is His demand, and He can be content with nothing less. These things are not found in sacrifice and offering, neither do they always go therewith, and therefore the outward sacrifice was not what God required…The rites appropriate to priests are abolished with the Aaronic priesthood, and can never be restored: “He taketh away the first, that He may establish the second.” When He cometh into the world these carnal ordinances must go out of the world. Sacrifice and offering, burnt offering and sin offering, and all other patterns of heavenly things, are swept away when the heavenly things themselves appear. ~ C.H. Spurgeon


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