Okay, real quick. Just started Levitcus today. I feel like Levitcus is one of those books of the Bible that people tend to skip over…and flip to James to get a smack in the face…then, call it a day. Right. But, God’s Word (which includes books like Levita-wah and Malacawhaazit) is awesome. So, read it sometime.
The first chapter talks about burnt offerings. The burnt offering is the most costly offering because it requires the offering to be completely burned up with nothing left over. Burnt offerings were offered for various reasons, but, one of the reasons was for self-dedication. The text mentions three different burnt offerings a person could offer. At the end of each offering description, it says “…with a pleasing aroma to the Lord”. This signified the results in which the Lord’s favor was upon the offerer.
In Romans 12:1 (my small group’s memory chapter. holla. Awesome chapter, btdubs), Paul urges Christians to offer their bodies as living sacrifices to God.
Okay, here’s the part that I thought I was super cool. The first offering is “…a burnt offering from the herd, he shall offer a male without blemish.” The second offering is “…a burnt offering is from the flock, from the sheep or goats, he shall bring a male without blemish.” Lastly, the third offering is “…a burnt offering of birds, then he shall bring his offering of turtledoves or pigeons.”
A bull was a more costly animal than a goat or sheep, and a goat or sheep was more costly than a bird.
They all achieved the exact same response and goal from the Lord. They were a pleasing aroma to Him.
God wants and deserves our very best, our “male without blemish” offering of ourselves to Him. When we give all of ourselves as sacrifices (willing to to lay down our lives and selfish goals…as the lives of the offerings were completely burned up), it’s pleasing to our Father in Heaven! You may feel really small and insignificant, but, you’re NOT. If you give your everything to God, it’s pleasing to Him. Bull, goat, sheep, bird, whatever!…Wholehearted devotion and offering of ourselves to the Lord, is a pleasing aroma to Him.
…I think that made sense. Maybe?