10 Hear the word of the Lord,
you rulers of Sodom;
listen to the instruction of our God,
you people of Gomorrah!
11 “The multitude of your sacrifices—
what are they to me?” says the Lord.
“I have more than enough of burnt offerings,
of rams and the fat of fattened animals;
I have no pleasure
in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.
12 When you come to appear before me,
who has asked this of you,
this trampling of my courts?
13 Stop bringing meaningless offerings!
Your incense is detestable to me.
God instituted the sacrificial system as a type of Christ.
The Israelites perverted it to make it easy on themselves.
They did what modern day capitalists would do: turn the offerings into something to buy and sell, which stripped the sacrifices of their meaning. To quote King David in 2 Samuel 24:24: ut the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will certainly buy it from you for a price. I will not offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God which cost me nothing.””
The sacrifices were mere commodities for the people but the Lord wanted it to cost them something, hence the term ‘sacrifice.’
Of course we know God’s ultimate sacrifice was his Son Jesus Christ.
He provided the model for us so that we might sacrifice our all for Him. That’s a tall order to be sure but He helps us every step of the way.
We are to be living sacrifices (Romans 12:1), but as the old adage goes, the problem with living sacrifices is that they walk off the altar.
We have a choice each day, and it is a choice: follow Him or not. That’s a strong statement but something we have to wrestle with regularly (in varying degrees).