Proverbs 21: King James Bible
A Wicked Mind – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty one, Verse 27
27 The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?
Daily Inspiration from This Verse
Well, I have to admit… I jumped to conclusions upon reading this verse, and was forced to think about what to write about concerning it that didn’t seem at least to me anyways, to be completely obvious.
My initial thoughts on it were people that belonged to whatever form of cult, commiting sacrifices to their demonic small “g” gods. That was the instant connection I made.
Make no mistake, these things go on today, and include both animal as well as human prey as sacrifices. However, that didn’t rest well in my spirit, there seemed to be something more to it than that.
After some prayerful contemplation on this verse, the Lord reminded me who he’s talking to. He’s not speaking about people involved with Satanic or Luciferian cults, making sacrifices for whatever their reasons would be.
He’s speaking to his people, about his people. Back in the time this was written, the Israelis were making sacrifices to the Lord, for several reasons. So with that mindset, the one which he’s talking about his people, we ought to bump it up to our ideas of sacrifices, so that we can better relate to the meaning behind this verse.
We as Born Again Christians, don’t partake in the shedding of blood, as to make sacrifices to the Lord. This was already done for us 2000 years ago. Without the shedding of blood there is no remission for sins. Therefore Christ came and fulfilled that for us for all time, removing that as a necessary step for us to have to do over and over again, as was necessary before Christ.
But there are personal sacrifices that we choose to make, in order to be obedient or to please the Father. But what if our reasoning was different than that? What if we make personal sacrifices for all the wrong reasons?
This is where I believe this verse is going. I can imagine a selfish man or someone harboring a wicked mind thousands of years ago, bringing his sacrifices to the temple, so that the shed blood of those sacrifices would cover all of the sins he’s committed purposefully. Doing this while knowing that afterward, he’ll continue in those same sins, with a sense of security, that they’ll just be covered at the next time of sacrifices.
This is a wicked minded (twisted) way to think, but is extremely relevant in the body of Christ today. All kinds of folks believe, that it’s A-Okay to sin without repentance because Jesus already paid for it all, and we’re forgiven. The Apostle Paul dealt with this train of thought with the early church (scriptures below).
We all find a way to sin, even when we have no intentions to do so. It’s either brought to our attention through the Word of God, or happens in times of weakness, and we realize it shortly thereafter. Whatever the case, we seek forgiveness and repent (change direction), and get back on the right track.
But whatever we may personally sacrifice, to make us feel better about being in sin, the Lord calls an abomination. What he finds even worse (I never realized there was anything worse than abomination), is when we do it with the clear intents and purposes of continuing on in that which we shouldn’t do, and think that it’s no problem.
There’s no repentance when one intends or plans to jump back into sin. As always, it’s the intentions of the heart that’s at work. And if the heart isn’t moved to repentance, iniquity will abound, despite whatever we “think” we’re doing to make everything smoothed over with the Lord.
How many times do we believe that Christ must be re-crucified?
Related New Testament Scripture
Romans 6: King James Bible
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. 15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? 17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
Thank you for every time you take a moment through your Spirit, and lead us by the hand through your written Word. Thank you for everything that you’ve made available for us. Lord, if we are somehow taking part in abominable sacrifices in your eyes, or harbor a wicked mind, darkening our hearts, cleanse us from this iniquity, and lead us into a repentance that will end the problem. Cause for us to do things concerning you, for all the right reasons, and not to simply comfort ourselves and our wicked desires. All so that we may please you, and be better servants, and more obedient children unto you. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever caught your renewed heart arguing with your wicked mind?
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