Psalm 040:06

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Psalm 40:6

Ritual or Learning, Which is Better


6 Sacrifice [zebach] and offering [minchah] thou didst not desire [chaphets]; mine ears [‘ozen] hast thou opened [karah]: burnt offering [`olah] and sin offering [chata’ah] hast thou not required [sha’al].   KJV-Interlinear


6 In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted, but you have given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering you have not required. ESV

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Just as the candlelight of night has no further use when the bright sunshine of day is risen, so too, the sacrifices and offerings of the Mosaic law had no further use after Christ had fulfilled their purpose, on the cross.

However, God wanted something more than the ritual fulfillment of sacrifices and offerings. For these things taught principles of doctrine and truth, regarding the work of Christ, and the work of the spiritual life.

Methodically stepping through a ritual, without learning the principle that it teaches, is a total waste of time. Unfortunately, the Jewish people had become habitual ritual keepers, without learning the spiritual principles that were being taught.

Likewise, too many Christians, step through life without learning Bible doctrine, and that too is a total waste of ones life.

Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings, refer to four cornerstones of the spiritual life.

Beginning with the sacrifice of Christ on the cross, and believing, through faith, for salvation, and then following that with confession and living within the framework of the spiritual life, while learning and growing up, and fulfilling ones purpose within the spiritual life, these rituals demonstrate the total picture of a relationship with God through Christ, and a functional spiritual life through doctrine.

God did not desire ritual only. What God desires is that each of us learn and grow, and thereby fulfilling our spiritual destiny, in our relationship with Him.

To live in this world, and reject Christ, by rejecting faith, is the worst of all possible scenarios.

To live in this world as a believer in Christ, while rejecting the learning of Bible doctrine, is the worst of all spiritual scenarios.

To be saved and learn nothing, is a wasted life.

Therefore, the objective of the individual, after having been saved through faith, is to learn Bible doctrine by means of a daily study through instruction, and advance in ones spiritual life to spiritual maturity. Thus, fulfilling ones own personal meaning and purpose and destiny for life.

Study [by instruction],

to show thyself approved [spiritually mature]

unto God,

a workman [student]

that need not be ashamed [ignorant],

rightly dividing [learning, understanding, discerning]

the word of truth [Bible doctrine].

If you can dream and not make dreams your master,

If you can think and not let thoughts narrow your views,

If you can meet triumph with disaster equally,

If you can learn and see your full meaning and purpose in life,

Then you can believe in Christ, learn Bible doctrine, and grow far beyond the potential that God has prepared for you.

Welcome to your Psalm 04006

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These studies are a part of the massive daily study web site at DailyBibeStudy.Org, and are written, so that you can come to Christ if you have not done so already, and therefore not be lost forever.

And if you have already believed in Christ, then these studies are written so you can learn and understand and grow in your spiritual life, so that you can come to the full knowledge of Christ, so that you can fulfill your meaning and purpose in life as God intended for you, and so you can qualify for a phenomenal eternal reward which you will have forever.

To ignore this opportunity to pursue a daily study means you will be incomplete, unfulfilled and you will lose out, big time.

The Daily Bible Study is online, making it possible as never before in all of human history, to advance in ones relationship with God, through Christ, and to complete yourself beyond your imagination.

But each person has to decide to make that commitment. No one else can study for you. You have to do that yourself.

Keep in the Word, Isa. 41:10.

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