The point of animal sacrifices…

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Micah 6: 6 “With what shall I come before the LORD,  and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? 7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?” 8 He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

This is a fairly well-know passage of scripture. It speaks to the same basic issue I mentioned a couple of days ago, but here it is again. Apparently it deeply troubles God when people make offerings and sacrifices and perform other forms of worship/piety – yet remain fundamentally unchanged on the inside.

Sacrifices were intended to be an act of submission to the Lord God. I mean, killing a perfectly good animal doesn’t make much sense from a logical standpoint. And God most certainly doesn’t need dead animals. But returning some of what the Lord gave to people in the first place indicates a trust in the Lord, in his provision. And the hope is that the heart of the giver comes more in more into alignment with the heart of God – who cares deeply about the poor and dispossessed, the ones who are preyed upon by those with privilege and power.

The question I’m asking myself today is, “Is my heart changing as a consequence of my worship?”

Lord let it be so. Amen.

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