A Pleasing Aroma

Wendy Pope

Day: 6 | Plan: Leviticus-Hebrews

Today's Reading: Leviticus 3

Leviticus 3:5b (NIV) “It is a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the LORD.”

When I hear the words pleasing aroma, I think of my favorite scented candle, not an animal carcass burning over an open flame. It’s difficult for us to understand how such an aroma could be pleasing to God. Might I suggest the Israelites’ expression of gratitude made the unpleasant pleasing.

The fellowship offering, also known as the peace offering, was unlike the sin offering we will learn about in Leviticus 4. Rather than atoning for sin as a way to make peace with God, an individual voluntarily brought the fellowship offering to the altar to express thanksgiving for the peace they enjoyed by the means of God. This enjoyable peace may have been experienced through the deliverance from a harmful situation, the praise for His provision, or in conjunction with a vow made to God. 

Jesus’ death fulfilled the sacrificial system (Romans 10:4) so animal sacrifices are no longer required. However, we can still voluntarily express our gratitude for the sacrifice He made so that we might enjoy the peace with God that He provides.

Each day we open our eyes should be a day we offer a fellowship offering to God. Perhaps our offering is to show care for someone who has health issues. Each time we go to a store to purchase food or turn on our lights should remind us to offer assistance to someone less fortunate. The sacrifice will be just as pleasing to God as the offerings made by the Israelites in the days of the Old Testament.

Prayer: Lord, open the eyes of my heart to see the needs of others. Help me live my life as an expression of thanksgiving to You for providing the sacrifice of Your Son so that I might live in peace with You eternally. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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