A Burnt Offering
“... An offering made by fire, an aroma pleasing to the Lord.” (Leviticus 1:9, 13, 17)
This is a recurring statement throughout Leviticus 1-3. The Lord gave the Israelites this important instruction as to how to bring a burnt offering of sacrifice to the Lord in worship. Thanks to the sacrifice of Jesus, the lamb of God, we no longer have to do these rituals. However, knowing that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, how can we still apply this as modern day Christians? Well we know that by the power of the cross, we can boldly go into the throne room of God and offer our worship unto him. But how does our worship become a pleasing aroma to God?
If we go back to the original form of worship, a burnt offering signifies a burning away of the fat—or the impurities—of the animal. The word says, “all of the fat is the Lord’s,” (Leviticus 3:16) and it is the smell of the fat burning away that is pleasing to God.