Jesus In 1 Samuel
Jesus in 1 Samuel
“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.’”
1 Samuel 15:22 NKJV
This quote in 1 Samuel 15 precedes the judgment against Saul who was King of Israel. He was instructed to kill all of the enemy even their livestock. However, Saul did not obey and made the excuse that it was the people, and that the best was saved for a sacrifice to God. God was not pleased because He desired obedience.
Meditating on this passage I remembered a very similar phrase used in reference to Jesus. The difference is that Jesus obeyed the Father, and ironically it was with His sacrifice. Hebrews 10:5-10 says, “Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: ‘Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a body You have prepared for Me. In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You had no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Behold I have come – In the volume of the book it is written of Me – To do Your will, O God’’…By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
Where Saul failed Christ succeeded. And by His obedience, we have a sacrifice that God used to sanctify all once and for all. Will you be sanctified by His sacrifice? To be sanctified, you must begin by obeying. Obedience begins by believing in Him which includes confessing Him (Romans 10:8, 9), repenting of our sins (Acts 2:28), being baptized into Christ (Galatians 3:27), and living faithfully until death (Revelation 2:10).