PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Leviticus 1-3
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“It is a burnt offering, a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the Lord.” (Leviticus 1:17)
How can all these sacrifices be “an aroma pleasing to the Lord”???
And yet, “I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.” (Isaiah 1:11)
Was God really pleased by this ugly, disturbing destruction of life?
“Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (Ephesians 5:2)
God did not WANT Jesus to die a sacrificial death, but He did value it.
God did not enjoy the crucifixion, but He loved the selfless act of love.
Sacrifice represents killing self-pleasure, denying self for the sake of others.
Sin is an ugly violent distortion, sacrificing everyone and everything for my pleasure.
We sacrifice everyday, but usually for ourselves, not for God and others.
The OT sacrifices were an ugly and dramatic reminder of how awful sin is.
They also pointed to the kind of sacrifice needed to break free from sin.
Jesus loved God and us more than Himself, sacrificed Himself to free us, and this pleased God.
As a Jesus follower I am called to sacrifice myself for God and others (Romans 12:1-2).
“Do good and share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” (Hebrews 13:16)
Lord, death and blood do not please God. The death of sin and the sacrifice of love do! Help me to change my sacrifices for selfish pleasure into the kind of sacrifices of self that please God.