15 Days - Psalm 40:6-8
"Sacrifice and offering you did not desire— but my ears you have opened— burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require. Then I said, “Here I am, I have come— it is written about me in the scroll. I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart." (Psalm 40:6–8)
One thing I love about the fulfillment of prophecy leading to Jesus's birth and ministry is that these prophecies existed hundreds of years before Jesus was born. That means, the Jewish people were studying these prophecies intently for hundreds and hundreds of years before the Messiah, Jesus, ever set foot on earth. And the Jewish people really tried to understand them. Their own analyzing of these prophetic passages of Scripture moved them to envision what the Messiah would be like, how His reign would be on this earth, when He would come... and truthfully, many of their humanly guesses were far from what would actually be true. This had many Jewish people missing the Messiah's ministry because they had limited human expectations on a universal God.
If you read Psalm 40:6-8 again you may not see how this is prophetic. But thank God we have the New Testament that shows us how these very important verses were indeed prophecy and how Jesus confirmed them. The New Testament is full of proof showing the fulfillment of Old Testament Scriptures, all thanks to the birth and blood of Jesus Christ.
In this Psalm, four different types of offerings are mentioned:
· Sacrifice (with blood).
· Offering (without blood).
· Burnt offering (of total consecration).
· Sin offering (to atone for sin).
King David, the Psalmist of Psalm 40, is saying here, "God, you've opened my ears! It wasn't the sacrifice and offerings I could make that you want. You want, first and foremost, my obedience, my servitude." There is commentary that suggests that King David was referring to the mark of a bondservant. A bondservant was someone who willingly followed their master, by choice, due to their love for their Master, not because of any debt. Back in Exodus 21, it states a bondservant should be marked with an open, pierced ear, that this servant should serve his master forever. King David is singing to God saying, "I will be your bondservant and serve you for the rest of my life because of my love for you. You don't want my sacrifices, they could never be enough, you just want my obedience."
All of this foreshadows the greatest sacrifice of all: the great Lamb Jesus Christ. This sacrifice of the Messiah would have the ultimate servitude and the ultimate submission to God. It points to how God was dissatisfied with their sacrifices and offerings, and how one day all the sacrifices and offerings would be fulfilled by the blood of His Son: without and with blood, an offering of total consecration, for the atonement of all sin. “It is remarkable, that all the offerings and sacrifices which were considered to be of an atoning or cleansing nature, offered under the law, are here enumerated by the psalmist and the apostle, to show that none of them, nor all of them, could take away sin; and that the grand sacrifice of Christ was that alone which could do it.” (Clarke)
"Therefore, when Christ came into the world, He said: 'Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased.' "Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll— I have come to do your will, my God.’” First he said, 'Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them'—though they were offered in accordance with the law. Then he said, 'Here I am, I have come to do your will.' He sets aside the first to establish the second. And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all." (Hebrews 10:5–10).
Hebrews 10 is a passage from the New Testament, written after the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus spoke this Himself and fulfilled the prophecy by explaining Psalm 40 and stating that He has been written about in the scroll, He has come to do the will of God -- to be the ultimate sacrifice for all mankind, to make everyone holy by this sacrifice, once and for all.
This is a public introduction of the Messiah confirming that He is the great theme in the Old Testament, that these scrolls were written about Him! It shows Jesus's great dedication and bondservant nature to do the will of God despite the intense suffering and pain, for the law is within His heart.
“It was Jesus who was the doer of the work. The Father willed it; but he did not do it. It was Jesus who did it, who wrought it out; who brought it in; who carried it within the veil, and laid it as an acceptable and meritorious offering at the feet of his well-pleased Father. The work then is done; it is finished. We need not attempt to do it. We cannot do it. We cannot do that which is already done; and we could not do it, though it were yet undone.” (Frame, cited in Spurgeon)
Have you ever loved something so greatly you gave your life for it? A career, a child, a relationship, etc.
When you gave your life for that thing, that person, or that idea, did you find fulfillment in it?
If you give your life for something you are saying: I love you, pierce my ear, I will be your bondservant, I will serve you. Did serving this human being, thing, career, or idea bring you further from Jesus or closer to Jesus?
Read the following verses:
Write down your thoughts.
4. Pray to God and ask Him to remove any idols in your life and to give you peace.