In Leviticus 1, the concluding statement for each of the burnt offerings, whether bull, sheep, goat, dove or pigeon, is "a food offering with a pleasing aroma to the LORD." In Leviticus 2-3, we see the same thing is true for grain offerings and peace offerings. Through the rest of Leviticus, food sacrifices are a pleasing aroma to the LORD until we reach chapter 26. Beginning in Leviticus 26:14 God tells the Israelites if they refuse to listen to His instruction and do not keep His commandments, their food offerings will no longer be a pleasing aroma to Him.
The Hebrew word for "pleasing aroma" means soothing or appeasing, as in that which brings reconciliation. The first use of "a pleasing aroma to the LORD" is found in Genesis 8:21. Noah, a righteous, blameless man who walked with God (Genesis 6:9), built an altar to offer a burnt sacrifice immediately after God delivered him and his family from the flood in Genesis 8:20. The sacrifice came from every clean animal and bird. Upon smelling the "pleasing aroma" God said even though man's intention is evil, He will never again destroy all living creatures.
The root word from which "pleasing aroma" is derived means quiet, restful, a place of rest. In Genesis, this root word is used three times before Genesis 8:21. It is used in Genesis 2:15 (when God put man in the Garden of Eden, a restful place), Genesis 8:4 (when the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat) and Genesis 8:9 (when the dove could not find a place to land).
Therefore, the food offering with a pleasing aroma to the LORD brought a quiet, soothing, restful reconciliation between two parties. God's attitude toward man's sin had not changed, but the appropriate sacrifice brought peace and reconciliation between God and man.
LORD God, thank You for the detailed explanation in Leviticus of the sacrifice that was pleasing to You. Reading the specific in-depth instructions You gave Moses concerning an acceptable sacrifice causes me to think, what or who could meet all the requirements necessary to satiate Your just wrath. Thank You, Jesus, that through You there is peace, rest and reconciliation with the LORD God.
Many of the proverbs today deal with the words of our mouth. Some I struggle to understand (verses 4, 8, 20), some I found easy (verses 6-7, 17), but two caught my attention.
Proverbs 18:13 - "If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame".
Father, when I read this proverb, I am convicted. Holy Spirit, You know as soon as I think I have the answer, I am ready to speak. However, I know Your answer is the one for which I should be listening. Please teach me to listen not just to the person with whom I am talking, but to You before I answer. Stir within me a greater desire for Your answer than my own.
Proverbs 18:21 - "Death and life are in the power of the tongue."
Please, Holy Spirit, convict me of the way I use my tongue. I desire what I speak to be life, not death. I know that if I speak "Jesus," I am speaking life since He is the "Way, Truth and Life." May my conversation reflect the One who has life in Himself.