Jeremiah 7:22-24 - Obedience Brings God's Blessings.

Jer.7:22-24: Obedience Brings God's Blessings.

CONTENT; What's in the verse; Translations; Paraphrase; Word 

Jer 7:22 (CEV)  At the time I brought your ancestors out of 
Egypt, I didn't command them to offer sacrifices to me. 
Jer 7:23 (CEV)  Instead, I told them, "If you listen to me and 
do what I tell you. I will be your God, you will be my people, and 
all will go well for you."   
Jer 7:24 (CEV)  But your ancestors refused to listen.  They were 
stubborn, and whenever I wanted them to go one way, they always went the 

Jeremiah 7:22 (AMP)  For in the day that I brought them out of 
the land of Egypt, I did not speak to your fathers or command them 
concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices. 
Jeremiah 7:23 (AMP)  But this thing I did command them: Listen 
to and obey My voice, and I will be your God and you will be My 
people; and walk in the whole way that I command you, that it may be 
well with you. 
Jeremiah 7:24 (AMP)  But they would not listen to and obey Me or 
bend their ear [to Me], but followed the counsels and the stubborn 
promptings of their own evil hearts and minds, and they turned their backs 
and went in reverse instead of forward. 

CONTEXT; What's around the verse; Overview; Topic:

Jeremiah's stunning "temple sermon" condemned Judah's 
superficial religion (7:1-19) and warned of coming slaughter (v. 20-8:4). 
Judgment must strike the tainted land; divine punishment was fixed and 
certain (v. 5-9:26). Yet after scorning Judah's idolatry (10:1-22), 
Jeremiah prayed that the suffering which was ahead would correct, not 
destroy (vv. 23-25). [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary] 

7:1-34 Understand Shiloh's Judgment
In Jeremiah's "temple sermon," which he delivered at the gate of 
the temple, he warned that the people could not expect to be 
delivered from attack simply because of the presence of the temple in 
Jerusalem (7:4). They were reminded of God's past judgment on Shiloh 
(7:12), where the tabernacle had been set up. What had happened at 
Shiloh could also happen to Jerusalem. The theme of Jeremiah's temple 
sermon was presented in 7:3. Jesus quoted 7:11 in Mark 11:17; cf. Luke 
19:46. Shiloh (7:12), located about twenty miles north of Jerusalem, 
was the location of the tabernacle in the time of the judges (Josh. 
18:1). The city was destroyed by the Philistines around 1050 B.C. The 
"queen of heaven" (Jer. 7:18) referred to the heathen fertility goddess 
Astarte, known in Babylon as Ishtar (cf. 44:17). With stinging sarcasm, 
God rebuked the people whose sacrifices meant nothing as expressions 
of genuine worship (7:21-22). Obedience, not ritual, had been God's 
overriding concern when he instituted the sacrifices at Sinai (1 Sam. 
15:22; Hos. 6:6). [New Bible Companion] 


Message at the Temple Gate
The People's Disobedience
Obedience Is More than Sacrifice

CROSS REFERENCES; What's in verses elsewhere.

1 Samuel 15:22 (KJV)  And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great 
delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of 
the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken 
than the fat of rams.  

Psalm 51:16-17 (KJV)  For thou desirest not sacrifice; else 
would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. [17] The 
sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O 
God, thou wilt not despise.  

Proverbs 21:3  To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to 
the Lord than sacrifice.  

Hosea 6:6 (KJV)  For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the 
knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.  

Matthew 9:13 (KJV)  But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I 
will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the 
righteous, but sinners to repentance.  

Matthew 12:7 (KJV)  But if ye had known what this meaneth, I 
will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the 

Mark 12:33 (KJV)  And to love him with all the heart, and with 
all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the 
strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole 
burnt offerings and sacrifices.  

Micah 6:6-8 (KJV)  Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and 
bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt 
offerings, with calves of a year old? [7] Will the Lord be pleased with 
thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my 
firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my 
soul? [8] He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the 
Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to 
walk humbly with thy God?  

Exodus 15:26 (KJV)  And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to 
the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in 
his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his 
statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have 
brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.  

Exodus 19:5-6 (KJV)  Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice 
indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto 
me above all people: for all the earth is mine: [6] And ye shall be 
unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words 
which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.  

Deut. 5:29 (KJV)  O that there were such an heart in them, that 
they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it 
might be well with them, and with their children for ever!  

Deut. 11:27 (KJV)  A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of 
the Lord your God, which I command you this day:  

Deut. 13:4 (KJV)  Ye shall walk after the Lord your God, and 
fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall 
serve him, and cleave unto him.  

Jeremiah 31:33 (KJV)  But this shall be the covenant that I will 
make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I 
will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; 
and will be their God, and they shall be my people.  

Romans 16:26 (KJV)  But now is made manifest, and by the 
scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting 
God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:  

2 Cor. 10:5 (KJV)  Casting down imaginations, and every high 
thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing 
into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;  

Hebrews 5:9 (KJV)  And being made perfect, he became the author 
of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;  

COMMENTARY / APPLICATION: Moving From The Head To The Heart
What is God teaching here? What does it teach about Jesus?

This verse is not to be understood as a denial that God 
commanded the sacrifices to be made. Rather it is an argument against 
substituting sacrifice for obedience. [Believer's SB] 

God had set up a system of sacrifices to encourage the people to 
joyfully obey him. He required the people to make these sacrifices, not 
because the sacrifices themselves pleased him, but because they caused 
the people to recognize their sin and refocus on living for God. 
[Life Application SB] 

All sacrifices were not rejected, only those offered without 
true repentance and a commitment to obey the Lord. [Nelson SB] 

Sacrifices are valid only when accompanied by sincere repentance 
and joyful obedience. [NIV SB] 

God's desire for His people involves relationship rather than 
ritual. God's ideal is that He should be the God of all people with all 
serving Him. Being God's people means obeying Him. [Disciple SB] 

A sacrifice was a ritual transaction between man and God that 
physically demonstrated a relationship between them. But if the person's 
heart was not truly repentant or if he did not truly love God, the 
sacrifice was a hollow ritual. Religious ceremonies or rituals are empty 
unless they are performed with an attitude of love and obedience. 
"Being religious" (going to church, serving on a committee, giving to 
charity) is not enough if we do not act out of devotion and obedience to 
God. [Life Application SB re 1Sa.15:22] 

Is God pleased when you use company time to prepare your Sabbath 
school lesson? How about driving 65 m.p.h. in a 55 m.p.h. zone so you 
won't be late for church? Is it okay to cheat on your income tax if 
you give the benefits of your "creative arithmetic" to God?  There 
is a fundamental question behind these situations and countless 
others you may face during your lifetime: How important is obedience to 
the Word of God? Is keeping His commands more important than trying 
to do something else you think will please Him more?  For King 
Saul, the question carried life-or-death importance. He concluded that 
God would overlook his incomplete obedience because of the generous 
sacrifices he offered, the money he gave to God's service, the time he 
spent in God's house. The decision cost him his kingdom--and eventually 
his life.  When God speaks, do you listen? And then do you act? You 
cannot learn too well the lesson which Saul failed to learn at all: 
"Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as 
in obeying the voice of the LORD?  Behold, to obey is better than 
sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams" ( 15:22 ). Obeying God with 
half a heart can only lead to a broken heart--every time! [Your Daily 
Walk SB re 1Sa.15:22] 

Saul had lost his early humility (9:21) and became proud and 
disobedient; he had rebelled against the Word of the Lord and had tried to 
make up for his disobedience by sacrifices (vv. 21-23). Saul had 
substituted saying for doing (15:13); excuses for confessions (15:15 and 
21); and sacrifice for obedience (v. 22). [Wiersbe Expository 
Outlines re 1Sa.15:22] 

The one thing that ruined Saul's life and destroyed his future 
was his inability to trust God, expressed in his failure to obey. 
This is what's so encouraging about Saul's story. As we read it we 
come to understand the central issue in the spiritual life. Saul's 
story teaches us that the one thing we must do is to trust God, and 
that trust will free us to obey.  When you or I feel fear or sense 
panic, that's the time to pause and remember who our God is. To think 
about His greatness. To remember His power. To meditate on His love. 
When we keep our hearts fixed on who God is, we trust ourselves to 
Him. And we obey. [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary re 1Sa.15:22] 

Saul's stubborn disobedience was essentially an act of idolatry 
because it elevated his will above God's will. [Nelson SB re 1Sa.15:22] 

Only he who believes is obedient; only he who is obedience 
believes. [Your Daily Walk SB re 1Sa.15:22] 

God is more glorified and self more denied by obedience than by 
sacrifice. It is much easier to bring a bullock or lamb to be burnt upon 
the altar than to bring every high thought into obedience to God and 
the will subject to his will. [Matthew Henry Commentary re 

The promise is very encouraging. Let God's will be your rule, 
and his favour shall be your happiness. [Matthew Henry Commentary re