Here’s my devotional thought from one of the verses I considered, pulled from one of today’s portions of the R. M. M’Cheyne’s “Daily Bread” Bible Reading Schedule.
“Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.” —Psalm 40:6
As the Son of man, Jesus Christ was sufficient in, of and by Himself. He was holy as God’s Messiah and possessed perfect humanity as a the Man from heaven. God the Father did not desire Him to bring sacrifices and offerings to the brazen altar in Jerusalem’s temple. Neither did God require it of His Son.
Until He hung upon the cross, the Lord Jesus enjoyed perfect, intimate, unbroken, and unbridled fellowship with His heavenly Father, a fellowship far deeper, wider, longer and higher than any man, including Adam before the fall, has ever experienced, or can ever imagine. Moreover, the sound of God’s voice was ever in Christ’s ear.
Then, at Calvary’s cross, when Jesus suffered separation from that intimate fellowship (Matt 27:46; Psa 22:1), when He drank down the cup of God’s holy wrath to the dregs (Psa 75:8), the sacrifice and offering of Himself for the sins of God’s people was sufficient to restore fellowship with God to those who would receive its truth by faith alone (Eph 2:8-9).
In the truest and fullest sense, God never desired or required sacrifices from mankind after the fall of Adam. Yes, although the sacrifices were commanded by God, they were only foreshadows of Christ’s sacrifice to come, for “it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins” (Heb 10:4). Faith in God was the issue behind the sacrifices offered through the blood of animals, and even for those meal and grain offerings ordained in God’s Law (Heb 11:4)
The Lord Jesus is sufficient
To save and sanctify;
His sacrifice was whole, complete,
When dying He did cry,
“It is finished!” O, what glory!
Son of God, Son of man;
We’re made partakers of His story,
Heirs eternal of God’s plan;
Bless’d receivers of God’s plan!
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4/29 Reading Portions: Num 6; Psa 40-41; Song 4; Heb 4
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