OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST came to offer His body on the Cross for us as a sacrifice

PSALM 40:6-8 “You take no delight in sacrifices or offerings. Now that You have made Me listen, finally understand – You don’t require burnt offerings or sin offerings. 7 Then I said, “Look, I have come. As is written about Me in the Scriptures: 8 I take joy in doing Your will, My God, for Your instructions are written on My heart.”

           Two cultic requirements were placed on the king. First, he was to have sacrifices offered up (2 Samuel 6:13; 1 Kings 8:62.). Second, he was to show his loyalty to God’s law by making a personal copy of it (Deuteronomy 17:14.). These obligations of the king find their fullness in Christ (Hebrews 10:5.), who offers himself as the final sacrifice and who, as the Word of God, faithfully and delightfully fulfills the law (Hebrews 2:18; 4:15). mine ears hast thou opened – The Hebrew literally means “ears you have dug for me,” referring to the penetration of God’s word into the psalmist’s heart, which responds in obedience (cf. Exodus 21:6, where a servant voluntarily had his ear pierced). Hebrews 10:5 follows the Septuagint reading “but you prepared a body for me.” The writer of Hebrews does not lay any stress on this clause, and his argument is complete without it. It is, perhaps, to be regarded as an interpretation or free translation by the Septuagint (cf. Isaiah 53). Either way, the sense is substantially the same, as a body was essential to the required obedience (cf. Romans 7:4; 1 Peter 2:24). volume of the book—a scroll of book length, most likely the law of Moses. it is written of me – The king makes an enthronement affirmation declaring his loyalty to the law (Deuteronomy 17:14.; 2 Kings 22:13). This was fulfilled by Christ’s perfect keeping of the law (Matthew 5:17).

Hebrews 10:5-7 qouted, 5 “That is why, when Christ came into the world, He said to God,
“You did not want animal sacrifices or sin offerings. But you have given Me a body to offer. 6 You were not pleased with burnt offerings or other offerings for sin. 7 Then I said, ‘Look, I have come to do your will, O God – as is written about Me in the Scriptures.’”

Although sacrifices were necessary to pay the price of sin, this quotation reveals that God never took pleasure in sacrifices – You did not want animal sacrifices and grain offerings. In many places in the Bible, God revealed that He didn’t want the sacrifices of a person whose heart was not right. God wanted His people to obey Him. The sacrifices were necessary, however, because the people did not live up to the regulations that God had given them.

Applying to Christ the words of Psalm 40:6-8, our Lord Jesus Christ came to offer His body on the Cross for us as a sacrifice that is completely acceptable to God. God’s new and living way for us to please Him comes not by keeping laws or even by abstaining from sin, but by turning to Him in faith for forgiveness and then following Him in loving obedience. This was what set Christ’s sacrifice apart. He followed God’s will, obeyed Him, and offered the perfect sacrifice of perfect obedience.
The entire Old Testament (the Scriptures) had written about Christ and His coming. The law and the sacrificial system was a shadow of what was to come. Our Lord Jesus Christ fulfilled the law as well as the prophecies that announced the coming of the new covenant.

Matthew 5:17 stated, “Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose.”

Our Lord Jesus Christ did not come as a rabbi with a brand new teaching; He came as the promised Messiah with a message heard from the beginning of time. “Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to fulfill them.” Our Lord Jesus Christ completes and transcends the law. The Old Testament law is not rescinded but now must be reinterpreted and reapplied in light of our Lord Jesus Christ. God does not change His mind. Our Lord Jesus’ coming had been part of God’s plan from Creation (see Genesis 3:15).

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