to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice *
September 24, 2019 – Tuesday
Daniel 9:9-11a NIV
9 The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against Him;
10 we have not obeyed the Lord our God or kept the laws He gave us through His servants the prophets.
11 All Israel has transgressed Your law and turned away, refusing to obey You.
This chapter is about a prayer of Daniel’s that begins in verse three So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with Him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes and continues through verse nineteen Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For Your sake, my God, do not delay, because Your city and Your people bear Your Name.
Thus it is in the midst of Daniel’s prayer we find our verses of the day, a confession about the rebellion and disobedience of God’s chosen people. The confession began immediately in the prayers as seen here
4 I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed: “Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant of love with those who love Him and keep His commandments, 5 we have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from Your commands and laws.
Something really unusual in the opening of Daniel’s prayer. First he reminds himself God is one who keeps His covenant of love with those who love Him and keep His commandments before confessing the sinning and doing wrong to the point of wickedness and rebellion. This is very much like our verses of the day where Daniel remembers The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving before stating what He will forgive and extend mercy for we have rebelled against Him. As a result the rebellion grew until we have not obeyed the Lord our God and it became a full scale rebellion against God where All Israel has transgressed Your law and turned away, refusing to obey You.
Let’s now take a look at the second part of verse eleven “Therefore the curses and sworn judgments written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against You.”
While Daniel was still in prayer confessing and calling upon God’s mercy and forgiveness, Gabriel whom he had seen in an earlier vision came to him and
He instructed me and said to me, “Daniel, I have now come to give you insight and understanding. 23 As soon as you began to pray, a word went out, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed. Therefore, consider the word and understand the vision:
I am not going to go much into the vision Gabriel gives Daniel in the succeeding verses other than to say they speak of Jesus as the Anointed One or the Messiah the Prince depending on the version of the Bible you are reading and using for study. If you wish to consider how the numbers of the vision work out in those verses I recommend the following sources Peter Pett’s commentary and David Guzik’s commentary for starters. However, bottom line is God’s mercy and forgiveness follows repentance for our sins for which I am very very grateful.
(to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice)
* Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. (1 Samuel 15:22)