KJB Daily Devotion – Following Jesus Through Every Chapter
Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Chapters: Leviticus 1-4
Message: A Sweet Savor Unto God
Hello My Friend,
You know when you walk into a place and get the aroma of food cooking or baking, it is such a lovely smell, and can even bring a sense of hunger, even if you are not hungry. This is the aroma God gets when we receive His Son as our Saviour, His sacrifice still today sends up a sweet smelling odor that not only pleases God it makes Him hungry for our attention. Does He need our attention to exist? No. But just like anyone else who feels loved and appreciated when we give them our attention so does God. Remember, we are created in His image, therefore, the things we feel God feels too. “Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:” – II Corinthians 2:14-15.
Atonement; Agreement, reconciliation. Sin separates us from God, it literally makes us enemies with Him, and there is only one way to reconcile with Him when we sin, and that is through a blood sacrifice. The first three chapters of the Book of Leviticus explain the offerings that the people were to bring to God in order to be able to fellowship with Him, these offerings were to be voluntary and set according to a persons wealth, God allowed what they could afford (bulls for the wealthiest, pigeons for the poorest), but gave specific instructions for each one. The first offering is the burnt (sin) offering, also known as the atonement offering.
“If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD. And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him. And he shall kill the bullock before the LORD: and the priests, Aaron’s sons, shall bring the blood, and sprinkle the blood round about upon the altar that is by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And he shall flay the burnt offering, and cut it into his pieces. And the sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire upon the altar, and lay the wood in order upon the fire: And the priests, Aaron’s sons, shall lay the parts, the head, and the fat, in order upon the wood that is on the fire which is upon the altar: But his inwards and his legs shall he wash in water: and the priest shall burn all on the altar, to be a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.” – Leviticus 1:3-9.
“the altar that is by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.” We cannot stand before God without first having atoned for our sins. Therefore, we must offer our sacrifice by the altar that leads to God’s throne. The problem with the blood of bulls is that it never removed the sin, only covered it up, Jesus became the burnt offering necessary to not only make an atonement for our sin, but remove it completely. The second we accept Him as our Saviour we send a sweet savor unto God, and then we are atoned for our sin and it is permanent. “But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.” – Hebrews 10:3-4.
Oblation; Anything offered or presented in worship to God, an offering, a sacrifice. The meat offering was not the flesh of an animal it was flat bread, or crackers baked or fried in olive oil and spices, this was the only offering offered that was able to enter the tabernacle. It was offered to God as a way to show thanks for the atonement as well as all that God had given them.
“And if thy oblation be a meat offering baken in the fryingpan, it shall be made of fine flour with oil. And thou shalt bring the meat offering that is made of these things unto the LORD: and when it is presented unto the priest, he shall bring it unto the altar. And the priest shall take from the meat offering a memorial thereof, and shall burn it upon the altar: it is an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD. And that which is left of the meat offering shall be Aaron’s and his sons’: it is a thing most holy of the offerings of the LORD made by fire. No meat offering, which ye shall bring unto the LORD, shall be made with leaven: for ye shall burn no leaven, nor any honey, in any offering of the LORD made by fire. As for the oblation of the firstfruits, ye shall offer them unto the LORD: but they shall not be burnt on the altar for a sweet savour. And every oblation of thy meat offering shalt thou season with salt; neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meat offering: with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt.” – Leviticus 2:7-13.
“with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt.” Salt; Taste. Salt brings flavor to food that you put it on, it also is used to preserve food. Being saved does not mean we are to live in sin and not face any consequences for it. We need to be careful that we do not take that for granted because God will not allow us to remain that way. “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” – Matthew 5:13.
Next we have the peace offering, it was to be of animal flesh, and could be an unblemished male or female. This was an offering given after the sin and meat offerings for one to be able to fellowship with God.
“And if his offering for a sacrifice of peace offering unto the LORD be of the flock; male or female, he shall offer it without blemish. If he offer a lamb for his offering, then shall he offer it before the LORD. And he shall lay his hand upon the head of his offering, and kill it before the tabernacle of the congregation: and Aaron’s sons shall sprinkle the blood thereof round about upon the altar. And he shall offer of the sacrifice of the peace offering an offering made by fire unto the LORD; the fat thereof, and the whole rump, it shall he take off hard by the backbone; and the fat that covereth the inwards, and all the fat that is upon the inwards, And the two kidneys, and the fat that is upon them, which is by the flanks, and the caul above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away. And the priest shall burn it upon the altar: it is the food of the offering made by fire unto the LORD. It shall be a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat nor blood.” – Leviticus 3:6-11,17.
“that ye eat neither fat nor blood.” The fat, the best or richest part of the animal, was forbidden for anyone to eat, this was offered solely to God. The blood, also forbidden, is the life of any living person or animal, therefore, God would not permit the blood that made atonement to be used as a common thing for them, nor does He allow us. This taught the Jews to observe the distinction between common and sacred things, and it kept them separate from idolaters. Today, through Christ, as the Prince of peace, we make peace with God through His blood on the cross. Only through Christ can we have peace with God and be able to fellowship with Him. Now, God gives instructions on who, how, and when they were to offer the sacrifices.
“Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a soul shall sin through ignorance against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which ought not to be done, and shall do against any of them: If the priest that is anointed do sin according to the sin of the people; then let him bring for his sin, which he hath sinned, a young bullock without blemish unto the LORD for a sin offering. And if the whole congregation of Israel sin through ignorance, and the thing be hid from the eyes of the assembly, and they have done somewhat against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which should not be done, and are guilty; When the sin, which they have sinned against it, is known, then the congregation shall offer a young bullock for the sin, and bring him before the tabernacle of the congregation. When a ruler hath sinned, and done somewhat through ignorance against any of the commandments of the LORD his God concerning things which should not be done, and is guilty; And if any one of the common people sin through ignorance, while he doeth somewhat against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which ought not to be done, and be guilty; Or if his sin, which he hath sinned, come to his knowledge: then he shall bring his offering, a kid of the goats, a female without blemish, for his sin which he hath sinned.” – Leviticus 4:2-3,13-14,22,27-28.
“If a soul shall sin through ignorance against any of the commandments of the LORD” Ignorance; Absence or destitution of knowledge. Ignorance will not save us, we must acknowledge that we have sinned and once we do repent of it in order to be forgiven. None of us are without sin, yes, we who walk with Christ and serve God ought to be following God’s commandments, but we are without sin also, we mess up, we do stupid things out of ignorance, but that does not justify the sin. Only through Jesus can we be justified for our sin. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:” – Romans 3:23.
Jesus Christ Magnified: “If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD.” – Leviticus 1:3.
Today’s Prayer: God, In a world full of wickedness and corruption it is nice to know that we have a better option, You. You sent Your Son to give us a way to not only fellowship with You, but be with You for eternity. Our sins are what cause us to lose our savor to You. I will never forget what You have done for me, but I know I get weighed down with life that I lose my savor. Lord, I give myself to You as a living sacrifice, all that I have is Yours, do what You will with it, and let me be the salt that seasons the world. Show me what to do, keep me looking to You, and help me keep You first above all things. In ask these things in the name of Jesus, Amen.
God Bless You, I am praying for you,
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