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Part 3, Your Upbringing Does Not Have To Determine How You Turn Out

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Pt 3, Your Upbringing Does Not Determin How You Have To Turn Out.

We will look at the life of King Manasseh whose father King Hezekiah was godly, but Manasseh got off to a horrible start to his reign as king. Yet Manasseh found repentance and though he started horribly, he was able to finish right.

Pt 2: Your Upbringing Does Not Have To Determine How You Turn Out.

Yesterday we saw how Jotham learned from the mistake of Uzziah his father and walked faithfully before God. Today we will see the opposite, how a king named Jehoram turned out very bad despite his father Jehoshaphat’s godly example as king.

Then Jehoshaphat rested with his ancestors and was buried with them in the City of David. And Jehoram his son succeeded him as king. Jehoram’s brothers, the sons of Jehoshaphat, were Azariah, Jehiel, Zechariah, Azariahu, Michael and Shephatiah. All these were sons of Jehoshaphat king of Israel. Their father had given them many gifts of silver and gold and articles of value, as well as fortified cities in Judah, but he had given the kingdom to Jehoram because he was his firstborn son. (2 Chronicles 21:1-3)

After Jehoshaphat dies, Jehoram the first born son of Jehoshaphat became king after him. We will see what he did and how some choices he made in his personal life led to his downfall.

When Jehoram established himself firmly over his father’s kingdom, he put all his brothers to the sword along with some of the officials of Israel. Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years. He followed the ways of the kings of Israel, as the house of Ahab had done, for he married a daughter of Ahab. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord. (2 Chronicles 21:4-6)

-Jehoram commits a horrible act and has his brothers killed along with some of the officials of Israel. We see part of his issue was in whom he chose to be his wife, it says “For he married the daughter of Ahab.”

His choice in making Athalia his wife undoubtedly probably influenced him in a bad way. She was the daughter of Jezebel and Ahab, and in her case it was true, “Like mother, like daughter”

Jehoram after he does this unspeakable evil is confronted by Elisha the prophet through a letter that says: “Jehoram received a letter from Elijah the prophet, which said: “This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: ‘You have not followed the ways of your father Jehoshaphat or of Asa king of Judah. But you have followed the ways of the kings of Israel, and you have led Judah and the people of Jerusalem to prostitute themselves, just as the house of Ahab did. You have also murdered your own brothers, members of your own family, men who were better than you. So now the Lord is about to strike your people, your sons, your wives and everything that is yours, with a heavy blow. You yourself will be very ill with a lingering disease of the bowels, until the disease causes your bowels to come out.’” (2 Chronicles 21:12-15)

Jehoram eventually dies and to no one’s regret at the age of only forty years old.

The Scripture says : “Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years. He passed away, to no one’s regret, and was buried in the City of David, but not in the tombs of the kings. 2 Chronicles 21:20 –

He was not even given a burial worth a king. No one missed him really nor mourned his loss. What a sad way to finish one’s life. He was so ruthless that people were glad he was dead.

We see that Jehoram turned out a terrible life lived and was a wicked king. His godly upbringing had little impact on his life and we see having Jehoshaphat as his father did not rub off godly values on him. It is true to today, just because one is raised going to church all their lives or have good godly parents, that does not guarantee they turn out to follow the Lord. There is no doubt value in godly parent’s example but as we see here, at the end of the day it is our choice how we choose to live our lives.

We also see whom we marry will impact us more then we can every fully realize. Jehoram did not seem to consider how the Lord at one time rebuked his father Jehoshaphat for allying himself to go to battle with Ahab, to recapture Ramoth Gilead. God was angry at Jehoshaphat for being a partner with Ahab only in battle, how much more displeased must God have been that Jehoram actually married Ahab’s godless daughter!

Earlier on God reprimanded Jehoshaphat several times for being too close and friendly with ungodly people

See:

In 2 Chronicles 19:1-3 after Jehoshaphat escapes with his life from the battle for Ramoth Gilead, (after Ahab is killed as a result) the prophet rebukes Jehoshaphat for even being mixed up witn Ahab.

In 2 Chronicles 20:35-37, the Lord destroyed Jehoshaphats trading ships because he was in a business venture with Ahaziah, Ahab’s son.

Jehoshaphat did fear and obey God despite his weaknesses and shortcomings. Yet he suffered several occassions for his foolish alliances.

Then we see Jehoshaphat’s son Jehoram go to the length of marrying Athalia, daughter of Jezebel and Ahab. He ends his life as a wicked king sadly and does not follow in the reverance his father had for the Lord!

Part 1. Your Upbringing Does Not Have To Determine How You Turn Out.

We all have heard the quote, “The apple never falls far from the tree” yet we will go through this series and discover that this is not always the case. Perhaps you grew up in a broken home and your parents were not ideal ones. Yet truth is how we were raised does not have to spoil our future.

We will examine the story of Jotham today. He was a good man of God and godly king who it says “Jotham grew powerful because he walked steadfastly before the Lord his God” (2 Chronicles 27:6)

Jotham grew powerful and was under the Lord’s blessing. Yet let us look at the life of his father Uzziah, also known as King Azariah. Uzziah was good and godly, yet he became powerful, and with the power came pride. We see this sad verse drscribing the downfall of Uzziah,

But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the Lord his God, and entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense. (2 Chronicles 26:16)

Uzziah ended the rest of his years leprous as a result of his arrogant move. We see,

King Uzziah had leprosy until the day he died. He lived in a separate house —leprous, and banned from the temple of the Lord. Jotham his son had charge of the palace and governed the people of the land. (2 Chronicles 26:21)

Yet Jotham learned seemingly from his father’s mistake and it says “He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father Uzziah had done, but unlike him he did not enter the temple of the Lord . The people, however, continued their corrupt practices. Jotham rebuilt the Upper Gate of the temple of the Lord and did extensive work on the wall at the hill of Ophel. He built towns in the hill country of Judah and forts and towers in the wooded areas. (2 Chronicles 27:2-4)

Jotham grew in strength and learned from his father’s poor choice and did not repeat it. We also can learn from this. None of us had perfect parents. Our parents were humans and made mistakes. Uzziah was still remembered as a king who for the most part was good and godly. It says: “He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father Uzziah had done,”

Just as his father Uzziah had done. So Uzziah was mentioned somewhat favorably even though he blew it that one time. Jotham seems though to learn from his father’s mistakes and shortcomings so he won’t repeat them. Most of us can say “I had great parents, they were not perfect people but were good ones.”

And the truth is even if our human parents made mistakes, it does not mean we cannot learn from them. Sure we too will make mistakes if we are parents too, and would hope our children learn from our mistakes also. Often parents in their love will say “Now son” or “Now daughter” – “I want you to learn from some of the mistakes I made in my life so you can be successful.”

And this is what Jotham does. He I assume remembered the mistake of his father Uzziah and learned from it.

The Prince Of Peace

The Lord will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Lord, and his name the only name. Zechariah 14:9 –

Ephraim was one of the tribes in northern Israel and Judah and Benjamin made up two tribes that were the southern kingdom. There were continual bitter wars between these two kingdoms, north and south. Yet eventually both kingdoms were taken into captivity- North (Israel) was taken by the Assyrians first. Generations later Judah was captured by the Babylonians and remained in captivity for 70 years.

During the days of Nehemiah and Ezra, these people finally got to return to their home land and rebuild and there was no longer a king in Israel even up to the present time.

Yet there will be a King here in the future. The rightful heir to the throne, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

One day He will rule and be King over both Judea and Israel. Christ’s kingship means peace and harmony between those fractured kingdoms, as well as peace between God and sinful humanity who will believe His Gospel and be saved from this “corrupt generation”

In Acts chapter 2 Peter explains what Jesus Christ meant for the Jews he was addressing

The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off —for all whom the Lord our God will call.” With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”
Acts 2:39-40 –

He says “The promise is for you and your children” (Israelites) but also “For all who are far off”

Meaning Gentile people’s who would turn from sin to embrace Israel’s Messiah. Meaning that salvation from sin and eternal life was made possible not just for Jews but to all whom will believe this gospel

For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile —the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:12-13)

Tentpeg

Today’s Sermon: Tentpeg

God is known to use unlikely means and people to bring Him victories and accomplish his saving work. When the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord in the book of Judges, in this particular story he used Barak and Deborah to help free the people from their oppressors.

Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, now that Ehud was dead. So the Lord sold them into the hands of Jabin king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor. Sisera, the commander of his army, was based in Harosheth Haggoyim. Because he had nine hundred chariots fitted with iron and had cruelly oppressed the Israelites for twenty years, they cried to the Lord for help.
Judges 4:1-3 –

The Lord responds by using Deborah to tell Barak

She sent for Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali and said to him, “The Lord, the God of Israel, commands you: ‘Go, take with you ten thousand men of Naphtali and Zebulun and lead them up to Mount Tabor. I will lead Sisera, the commander of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his troops to the Kishon River and give him into your hands.’” Barak said to her, “If you go with me, I will go; but if you don’t go with me, I won’t go.” “Certainly I will go with you,” said Deborah. “But because of the course you are taking, the honor will not be yours, for the Lord will deliver Sisera into the hands of a woman.” So Deborah went with Barak to Kedesh.
Judges 4:6-9 –

What ended up happening was Baruch was a little intimidated and basically said “Oh Debbie, please come with me, I need some emotional support.” To that she agrees but predicts that the victory will be truly won by a woman.

When Sisera the commander of the Canaanite army flees for his life as the battle turns south on him. He hides in the tent of Jael. Jael speaks reassuring words to him as a guise ans then when he is not suspecting it drives a tent peg through his head killing him instantly.

We may read this story and just say, “Oh brutal! what is the point though?”

Well God used ordinary people to accomplish a salvation for his people of Israel. Yet human enemies were never Israel’s greatest enemies. Human oppressors as terrible as they can be are not as great as the enemy of sin in us, in the world around us. It was because Israel did evil in the eyes of the Lord that he allowed the human foes to oppress them:

Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, now that Ehud was dead.
Judges 4:1

They repented and the Lord brought a physical solution to a physical problem. Yet the Lord all those years had planned a spiritual solution to their spiritual problem, that is another Savior would come to save His people from their sins

Years and years later Zechariah prophesies of a “cornerstone” and “from him the tent peg”

From Judah will come the cornerstone, from him the tent peg, from him the battle bow, from him every ruler. Together they will be like warriors in battle trampling their enemy into the mud of the streets. They will fight because the Lord is with them, and they will put the enemy horsemen to shame. “I will strengthen Judah and save the tribes of Joseph. I will restore them because I have compassion on them. They will be as though I had not rejected them, for I am the Lord their God and I will answer them.
Zechariah 10:4-6 –

Finally years after the book of Zechariah was written God uses a woman again to bring salvation, though she was just an instrument to carry the true Deliverer

But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” (Luke 1:30-33)

Yet we see God use an ordinary woman to be a part of His plan of salvation He had in mind throughout all ages

The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.
Luke 1:35 –

Back in the Old Testament we see similar language. When God raised up a deliverer, it would often say “The Spirit of the came on” certain individuals enabling them to bring victory (See Judges 3:10, Judges 6:34, Judges 11:29, Judges 14:6, Judges 14:19 – exct)

Yet this time it came on a lowly humble woman and we read about how Christ was born.

And we who know Him know he has truly become our Savior and Deliverer from the power of sin, the greatest enemy their ever was.

She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
Matthew 1:21 –

And just as Jael in Judges drove a tent peg through the head of Sisera, so it is the case with Christ who crushed the head of Sin and Satan

Even in Genesis we see this prophesy forshadow

And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” (Genesis 3:15)

Satan has been totally defeated. And we can live true and transformed lives. The cross became that tentpeg through our enemy and through turning to Christ Jesus, we no longer have to be oppressed by our sin, enslaved by addictions and evil passions and vices. He made it possible to have freedom and deliverance from everything that holds you back and tries to trap us.

Jesus Christ is not just interested in giving us external relief from outward problems, but rather he wants to free us from foolishness that so often creates the problems we make for ourselves! And spiritual freedom is greater then just a quick solution to an outward challenge.

We may also look at a practical take away. Barak felt inferior to this task the Lord gave him and kind of shrank back when hearing what Deborah said, yet we must realize ourselves also, if God calls us to something He goes with us to empower us. We see in Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength”

And God often challenges us to step out in faith. We often feel we are not qualified or equipped to do what He is pushing us to, but must trust His power to do the real heavy lifting.

What do you feel God is pushing you to take on reader? Some step of faith that will call you to help advance the kingdom? For others- Maybe its a besetting sin he wants you to make war with and overcome? Maybe God is calling someone who reads this out of their comfort zone in some way. Yet trust that if the Lord commands your obedience in any area, He will strengthen you to do what He has called you to do!

Live your life for the Lord, and trust him to take care of you (Part 2)

Yesterday we saw how in the passage of 1 Kings 17 God faithfully provided for the life of the prophet Elijah. Yet today let us look at how God took care of a poor widow who so kindly gave Elijah some food.

We will start by taking a look at this passage.

Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. Then the word of the Lord came to him: “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.” So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.” “As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.” Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’” She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.
1 Kings 17:7-16 –

Before Elijah even goes God says, “I have directed a widow there to supply you with food”- we see that is interesting. Of all people God could use to meet his prophet’s needs he chose a lowly widow. Yet that says alot about who God can use! Some think “well Im not that important, how could God use me?” Yet God is not looking for strong, capable, powerful people but willing people. Just take a look at

Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not —to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.
1 Corinthians 1:26-29 –

And here we see God use a humble lowly widow. God can do more with a humble person of low estate then a powerful arrogant person by far! He desires to receive glory and display his power, so he gets praise and will often pass over those who are too full of themselves.

Yet here we have God take this widow and use her to meet Elijah the prophets dire need for food.

The widow obviously had some questions though. She was wondering how she and her family would eat if she gave up her last little bit to feed Elijah,

So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.” “As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.”

Yet Elijah responds, “Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’”
1 Kings 17:13-14 –

Why does she say that if it says before God already directed her to do that? Well I think there was a part of her that needed an encouraging word, and Elijah said “Don’t be afraid. “

The widow obviously had some fear but receives an encouraging word “Don’t be afraid” Then Elijah explains “Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’”

So here we have God giving this widow an opportunity to put Him first. She obeys and God richly blesses her for her faith and trust.

If the widow had said, “Too risky Elijah” then likely she would have made her last meal and ate it with her son then died. Yet God uses this opportunity for her obedience and faith not just to meet Elijah’s need but supply her enough until “The day the Lord sends rain on the land”

It was truly a test of faith and trust, she passed with flying colors. Yet God also prompts us too to put Him first even if we are not sure what to do next. When we honor the Lord first He honors us by providing what we truly need and He takes care of us.

Live your life for the Lord, and trust him to take care of you. (Part 1)

When it comes down to it, as believers who follow Christ Jesus, we have the promise of Philippians 4:19, “And my God will supply all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”

Today in my message I’d like to camp out on the story of Elijah.

Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah: “Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there.” So he did what the Lord had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook. Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. Then the word of the Lord came to him: “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.” So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.” “As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.” Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’” She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.
1 Kings 17:2-16 –

Just before that Elijah predicted a great drought over Israel and in a agricultural society, this meant scarcity of food too. After all, grain, vegetables and other foods they grew needed rain to grow. Thus the lack of rain meant likely a shortage in food supply for the entire nation.

Why did God send this drought? There was sin in the land and God was using harsh measures to turn the nation from sin ans turn their hearts back to him. We see shortly before that the king at the time was Ahab, Ahab did evil in God’s eyes and many in the nation followed his example as well from the least to the greatest.

Ahab also made an Asherah pole and did more to arouse the anger of the Lord, the God of Israel, than did all the kings of Israel before him. (1 Kings 16:33)

So God struck the land with a great drought. Yet we see God give specific instructions to Elijah-

Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah: “Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there.” So he did what the Lord had told him.

So he did just that, and God uses an unusual way to meet Elijah’s needs in that time where the rest were suffering for want of food.

Sometime later, “Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. Then the word of the Lord came to him: “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.”

I find it very interesting that God did not just give Elijah the full set of instructions at the very start. The Lord did not say “Here is what is going to happen Elijah, you will be fed by ravens and drink from a brook then after that a widow in Zaraphath will start providing for you after.”

No! God first gave him instructions to go into the wilderness. Then when the brook dried up, only then did God give him further instructions. Elijah likewise did not say to the Lord, “Lord ok so after these ravens feed me and I drink from the brook, then what?”

Elijah plainly just obeys and stays where he was told to be until God gave him further directions. So likewise with us, we should be first willing to obey whatever God tells us without demanding all the details up front. That is where our trust in the Lord does come in. We need to have faith enough to first obey and then have listening ears to receive further directions when time comes for God to give us the next step.

Yet until Elijah heard otherwise he stayed put. It may have been interesting being in his sandles. There he was out in the wilderness by himself. He was in solitude. There is also something to be said about that. Elijah was in a quiet spot which may have made it easier to clearly hear the still small voice of God. He was not rushing around being busy, he was in solitude. There is also a principle here I think we can take home, actually two principles.

1.) Innactivity does not mean we are not accomplishing anything worthwhile and busy does not always mean we are accomplishing anything worthwhile.

  • Basically, Elijah was doing something right. How? What on earth was he doing out there in the wilderness. He was not preaching or prophesying? How was he accomplishing anything? Some may ask. Yet he was obeying God’s directions, therefore he was doing the greatest thing of all.

We often view success in the Christian life as accomplishing alot, preaching, teaching the Word or evangelizing! Yet these are good activities, they can never replace time alone with the Lord, and Christian activity is no substitute for obedience either. So if God says “Be still, and know I am God” that is just as much a act of obedience as what Jesus said “Go into all the world and preach the gospel”

Yet the key is knowing when God is saying “Be still” and when he is saying “Move forward” or “Do this”

And both are important excercises we all must learn. Mary was commended by Jesus for sitting at his feet to listen, while Martha, Jesus gently reminded her serving in the kitchen and efforts to be a good host caused her to forget Him as her guest.

Let us not become so busy with the Lord’s work that we miss Jesus saying, like he said to his disciples

“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
Mark 6:31

Prayers That Please God

Funny thing I got this pack of incense for a dollar at a place near my house. Yet the fragrance is called “Angel” and just now thought to myself, “Reminds me of Revelations 8:3-5.”

Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the throne. The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand. Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake.
Revelation 8:3-5 –

It says “The smoke of the incense together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angels hand.”

There is something I just love about the smell of incense, it pleases the sense of smell. Ah and the Scripture in various places talk about how as people saved by the Lord Jesus, our prayers are fragrant to God.

The Psalmist says: “May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.
Psalm 141:2 –

Did you know reader, your prayers can please God and be a fragrant aroma before him!

Yet this is only true if we approach God through faith in Christ, and apart from Him we cannot please the Lord.

The Proverbs says: “The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him. (Proverbs 15:8)

Who is the wicked though? Why does God detest their sacrifice?

Truth is there is only one sacrifice that can make us acceptable to God and enable us to become the people who please him,

That is the forgiveness of sins through Jesus’s sacrifice of love for us, by offering himself up in our place.

We also see in 1 Samuel 15:22-23 that obeying the Lord’s voice is more pleasing to him then anything we could sacrifice. In Romans 12:1-2 we are told to be “Living sacrifices” and – “Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice” and “Do not conform to the patterns of this world”

So a lifestyle of faith that motivates obedience is better then anything else we could possibly give.

God already makes it clear in the book of Micah what pleases him most

With what shall I come before the Lord and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:6-8 –

Well “With what shall I come before the Lord and bow down before the exalted God” and “

“Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? “

Certainly we cannot give God a sacrifice good enough to take away our sin

No one can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for them— the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough— so that they should live on forever and not see decay.
Psalm 49:7-9 –

Yet behold God already

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:6-8 –

Only His sacrificial death was enough to cleanse us.

So “What shall we come before the Lord” with as saved people?

that I may declare your praises in the gates of Daughter Zion, and there rejoice in your salvation.
Psalm 9:14 –

Rejoice! Rejoice in the Lord, and praise Him for what He did for us!