Leviticus is a book that looks at the question: how may a person be clean before God? The burnt offering was wholly consumed on the altar. Nothing was eaten. The offering had to be without defect. All of this helps us understand the meaning and purpose of Jesus’ death.
Offerings with a pleasing aroma to the LORD.
We read here the prescribed pattern for burnt offerings, food offerings.
And that phrase is repeated, “… With a pleasing aroma to the LORD.”
Paul pushes deep into this understanding in Ephesians chapter 2 where he says,
“And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
Here is the heavenly truth writ large! That while Moses was given the law of burnt offerings, we see that it was only a precursor to Jesus – Who gave Himself up for us!
His sacrifice was a fragrant offering.
And so we can imitate Him, offering up ourselves as living sacrifices (Romans 12).
Through Jesus we can be sweet-smelling offerings to our God. This is a wonderful thing to remember, and to dwell on.
How am I offering up myself as Jesus did today?
* Gracious Lord God,
Thank You for Your word that points us to Jesus from start to finish.
Please help us to imitate You in our lives, each day.
Please help us be Jesus to those around us, offering up ourselves to our neighbours, our friends and family, those we meet.
Thank You for Your love for us!