David says in Psalm 40, “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire; My ears You have opened. Burnt offering and sin offering You did not require.” David knows that God looks at the heart, and faith in Him is what pleases the Lord, not an outward performance. “Without faith it is impossible to please him…” (Hebrews 11:6) The sacrificial system points to the Savior to come bc it‘s the shedding of the blood of the innocent that atones for the sins of the guilty. As we discussed on Feb. 23, the sacrificial system does not take away sins but it reminds people of their sin and their need for a Savior, the perfect sacrifice, who will shed His blood to remove our sins. Later in the Story after the death and resurrection of Jesus, Paul quotes David in Hebrews when explaining this concept to the Jews. Paul says the Lord does away with the first, the sacrificial system, in order to establish the second, salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ. David prophesies of the coming Savior when he says, “Then I said, Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is written of me. I delight to do Your will, O my God, and Your law is within my heart.” Jesus is willingly coming, as written about all throughout Scripture, to fulfill the law which no human can. “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.” (Matthew 5:17-18) We will read about Jesus’s fulfillment of the Scriptures later in the Story so keep reading.
(Psalms 39-41, Psalms 53, 55, 58)