To obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice *
August 22, 2019 – Thursday
Isaiah 50:10-11 NIV
10 Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the word of His servant?
Let the one who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on their God.
11 But now, all you who light fires and provide yourselves with flaming torches,
go, walk in the light of your fires and of the torches you have set ablaze.
This is what you shall receive from My hand: You will lie down in torment.
As we read through this chapter the question asked in verse ten may be asked of any servant of the Lord and clearly here speaks of Isaiah, but is prophetic in nature speaking of the Servant Jesus the Christ. This may be seen in verse six especially, for while this happened to Isaiah, it also happened to Jesus.
6 I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard;
I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting.
The latter half of verse ten and eleven addresses those who walk in the dark and that the way out of the darkness is to trust in the name of the Lord and rely on their God. What fails is noted in verse eleven, depending on our own lights while refusing to trust in the name of the Lord and rely on their God. The Apostle John addressed this in John 1 as follows (emphasis added)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. 11 He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him. 12 Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
Trust and believe in His name! Trust in the light that comes from Jesus, not light/fire of our own making. Remember what happened to Aaron’s sons when they acted on their own creating their own fire.
1 Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them and added incense; and they offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, contrary to His command. 2 So fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord. Leviticus 10
While this chapter and especially the verses for today specifically addresses those who are disobedient and rebellious there is a message for the faithful remnant of Israel as well that may easily be seen as applicable to Christians today, us, in our fallen world
The faithful remnant are not to escape their share in the national calamity. But while it lasts, they are to wait patiently on the Lord, and not to cast away their confidence, though all seems dark and dreary. MacLaren’s Expositions
Now when we face our own trials and tribulations, do we continue to put our trust and confidence in Jesus or do we try to create our own light, our own solutions? Do we turn to the Lordin prayer as the first solution or as the last after all of our own efforts have failed? We know the source of the light we need, will we turn to it?
(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)