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And Samuel said,

“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,
as in obeying the voice of the Lord?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
and to listen than the fat of rams.
For rebellion is as the sin of divination,
and presumption is as iniquity and idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,
he has also rejected you from being king.”
-1Samuel 15: 22-23 (ESV)

In the Old Testament God established a very strict set of laws for His people. These laws included many many sacrifices. It would seem at first glance that what God wants is sacrifices. But that is not what He wants for us. Saul discovers this in 1 Samuel when he keeps out a portion of the spoils of war for “sacrifice” (I’m not convinced that was really the reason) instead of devoting it all immediately to destruction as he had been commanded. Samuel comes to Saul and tells him that what God really wants is obedience.

And I knew it would happen, I now have the Keith Green song stuck in my head so I might as well share it with yall.

“To obey is better than sacrifice
I don’t need your money
I want your life
And I hear you say that I’m coming back soon
But you act like I’ll never return

Well you speak of grace and my love so sweet
How you thrive on milk, but reject My meat
And I can’t help weeping of how it will be
If you keep on ignoring My words
Well you pray to prosper and succeed
But your flesh is something I just can’t feed

To obey is better than sacrifice
I want more than Sunday and Wednesday nights
Cause if you can’t come to Me every day
Then don’t bother coming at all
La,la,la etc.

To obey is better than sacrifice
I want hearts of fire
Not your prayers of ice
And I’m coming quickly
To give back to you
According to what you have done
According to what you have done
According to what you have done”

So what God wants is not meaningless outward motions, He want our hearts!

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