“…in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure.”
Verse six here is the later part of verse six in Psalms 40. The psalm does not use the phrase ‘no pleasure’ but instead says ‘not required.’ The Hebrew writer tells us what the psalmist was thinking. It’s another way of putting it. The burnt offerings were a substitute for the real thing. They were lacking in many ways, especially since they involved the lives of animals and not people. Under the new covenant, the only sacrifice that matters is the one that causes the person to die.
This is the same theme that Paul raises in Romans after talking about the process of sin and death. Sin brought death through Adam, but life was achieved in Christ. Sin caused death, and so to be saved, a person must die to sin. We quote from Romans 6:1-4, “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”
Task for Today: Read the rest of Romans 6. Especially verse 14. Big question: have you been baptized into Christ that your old man could die. Were you buried with Christ so that you could be raised a new person, free from sin? If not, sin still has dominion over you, and you are missing out on grace. Seek the new birth today.