Sunday, April 23, 2006

Ecclesiastes 5:1



5:1
Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong.

2 comments:

Ryan Van Sickle said...

tom,

What do you think this verse means?

Tom said...

Here's some awesome commentary from J. Vernon McGhee. http://www.gracenotes.info/ecclesiastes/ecc10.html

Remember in the Keith Green book, where he calls for repentence, recalling how God said he "hated your festivals?" I think that is the gist of this passage - how a form of churchianity that is not focused on Jesus and repentance is just blowing smoke.
In case you don't read the above commentary, the most important part is when Psalm 51:16-17 is quoted:

For Thou dost not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it; Thou art not pleased with burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.