A Broken Heart
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart—these, O God, You will not despise.
Recommended Reading – Matthew 5:3-6
The role of a tutor is temporary; his mission is to move a student to a new level of understanding. When Paul says that the Mosaic Law was “our tutor to bring us to Christ” (Galatians 3:24), he illustrates the law’s temporary status. We can even see glimpses of the changing status of the law in the Old Testament.
In spite of the central place of animal sacrifices, by the time of King David we find him writing that God does not desire sacrifices (Psalm 40:6-8). The focus was moving from external sacrifice to internal sacrifice: “the sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart” (Psalm 51:17). We find Jesus helping the Pharisees make that shift in Matthew 23:23—moving from the letter to the spirit of the law. Now that Christ has come, when we sin, God desires that we act as living sacrifices with broken and repentant hearts (Romans 12:1), confessing (agreeing with God about) our sins, that we may find His forgiveness (1 John 1:9).
If you have sins to confess, let them spill out of a broken heart before God. The sacrifice of Christ means our only sacrifice is humble confession.
The way to cover our sin is to uncover it by confession.