Psalm 50

ps50.jpgGreetings! 

God wanted authentic sacrifices that showed that the people took the problem of their sin seriously.  It was so serious that the life of an animal had to be sacrificed as an atonement.  Jesus was the perfect sacrifice, once and for all, so animal sacrifices were no longer required.  But we often ignore and overlook Jesus’ atonement for our sins just as the Israelites went through the motions of worship.  Look at all the preachers who focus on anything but the cross.

Our hypocrisy can deceive ourselves and it does great damage to the church.

Psalm 50

A psalm of Asaph.

1 The Mighty One, God, the Lord,

speaks and summons the earth

from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets.

2 From Zion, perfect in beauty,

God shines forth.

3 Our God comes and will not be silent;

a fire devours before him,

and around him a tempest rages.

4 He summons the heavens above,

and the earth, that he may judge his people:

5 “Gather to me my consecrated ones,

who made a covenant with me by sacrifice.”

6 And the heavens proclaim his righteousness,

for God himself is judge. Selah

7 “Hear, O my people, and I will speak,

O Israel, and I will testify against you:

I am God, your God.

8 I do not rebuke you for your sacrifices

or your burnt offerings, which are ever before me.

9 I have no need of a bull from your stall

or of goats from your pens,

10 for every animal of the forest is mine,

and the cattle on a thousand hills.

11 I know every bird in the mountains,

and the creatures of the field are mine.

12 If I were hungry I would not tell you,

for the world is mine, and all that is in it.

13 Do I eat the flesh of bulls

or drink the blood of goats?

14 Sacrifice thank offerings to God,

fulfill your vows to the Most High,

15 and call upon me in the day of trouble;

I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”

16 But to the wicked, God says:

“What right have you to recite my laws

or take my covenant on your lips?

17 You hate my instruction

and cast my words behind you.

18 When you see a thief, you join with him;

you throw in your lot with adulterers.

19 You use your mouth for evil

and harness your tongue to deceit.

20 You speak continually against your brother

and slander your own mother’s son.

21 These things you have done and I kept silent;

you thought I was altogether like you.

But I will rebuke you

and accuse you to your face.

We should never confuse God’s patience with his approval.  As Galatians 6:7-8 says, Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.

22 “Consider this, you who forget God,

or I will tear you to pieces, with none to rescue:

23 He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me,

and he prepares the way

so that I may show him the salvation of God.”

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

 

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