A BODY YOU HAVE PREPARED ME

A BODY YOU HAVE PREPARED ME

HEBREW 10:5-7; PSALAM 40:6-7

STEVEN RITCHIE

Hebrews 10:5-7 states that Jesus said, “A body you have prepared me.” Since Heb. 10:5-7 is a direct quote from Psalm 40:6-7, we need to read the whole passage in context to discern its proper meaning.

“Therefore, when he comes into the world, he said, sacrifice and offering you have not desired, but a body you have preparedfor me. In whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin you have taken no pleasure. Then I said, behold I have come (in the scroll of the book it is written of me) TODO YOUR WILL, O GOD.”

Hebrews 10:5-7An alleged pre-incarnate God the Son Person could not have said, “behold I have come (in the scroll of the book it is written of me) to do YOUR WILL, O GOD.” For a pre-incarnate God the Son Person would have already been fully God in the first place. Heb. 10:5-7 is a direct quote from Psalm 40:6-7 which accurately predicted the things that Jesus would say before he actually said them on the earthas a man.

Hence, Psalm 40:6-7 predicted the words that Jesus would speak on the earth when he said, “sacrifice and offerings you have not desired, but a body you have prepared me. In whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin you have taken no pleasure ... behold I have come (in the scroll of the book it is written of me) to do Your will, O God.”

Jesus spoke these words on the earth justas Psalm 22:1 predicted that Jesuswould say, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me” while on the cross (Psalm 22:1/ Matthew 27:46).” Psalm 22:10 goes on to state that Jesus would have a God by saying, “You have been my God from my mother’s womb.”

Therefore the OT prophecies prove that the man Christ Jesus would say these things on the earth as a man rather than an alleged pre-incarnate God the Son Personsaying them in heaven.Some may argue that Jesus never cited Psalm 40:6-7.

However, just as we do not have a New Testament Scripture stating that Jesus ever prayed saying, “ You have been my God from my mother’s womb” from Psalm 22:10, so we do not have to have a specific verse where Jesus prayed saying, “Sacrifice and offering you have not desired, but a body you have prepared for me. In whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin you have taken no pleasure ... behold I have come (in the scroll of the book it is written of me) TO DO YOUR WILL, O GOD.”John 21:25 proves that there were many other things that Jesus said and did that were not written.

Therefore the four gospel narratives did not address every single word that Jesus spoke. That is why Acts 20:35 states that Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” -but these words were never recorded in the four gospels. In conclusion, Hebrews 10:7 clearly states that Jesus prayed on the earth as a man who had a God, saying, “... I have come (in the scroll of the book it is written of me) TO DO YOUR WILL, O GOD.”

This proves that Jesus could not have spoken these words as an alleged pre-incarnate God the Son in heaven. Therefore Hebrews 10:5-7 is a quote from Psalm 45:6-7 which is a Messianic prophecy that came to pass when the man Christ Jesus was actually in the world.

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