Today's verse says:
“To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.”
Sacrifice today is not the same as it was in ancient times. This verse is talking about actual, literal sacrifice. I imagine that it would be rather easy to think while in the midst of sin, "Oh well, this is fun for now...I can just kill a lamb to atone for it later." Of course the Father would have found doing the right thing better than killing a lamb. I imagine a whole lot of animals were killed back then for all the wrong reasons--in other words--the people weren't really sorry; they just paid their atonement and went back to sinning.
But writing this, it makes my heart hurt. How often have I done the same? Sinned, even though I knew it was wrong. Sinned with God looking down, knowing my heart, knowing HE sacrificed a Perfect Lamb for me. So undeserved was that Lamb.
Praise God that He is so forgiving. We can find joy in that. It makes me want to try to do better, doesn't it you?
Thank you, God, for casting my sins as far as the East is from the West.