A sweet aroma and memorial to the Lord

Leviticus Bible Background

Old Testament: Lev 6.14–18

To read the Bible in a year, read Leviticus 4–6 on February 8, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

The children of Israel could make grain offerings to the Lord and they were to mix something with it that gave it a sweet aroma. The Lord said:

“This is the law of the grain offering: The sons of Aaron shall offer it on the altar before the LORD. He shall take from it his handful of the fine flour of the grain offering, with its oil, and all the frankincense which is on the grain offering, and shall burn it on the altar for a sweet aroma, as a memorial to the LORD. And the remainder of it Aaron and his sons shall eat; with unleavened bread it shall be eaten in a holy place; in the court of the tabernacle of meeting they shall eat it. It shall not be baked with leaven. I have given it as their portion of My offerings made by fire; it is most holy, like the sin offering and the trespass offering. All the males among the children of Aaron may eat it. It shall be a statute forever in your generations concerning the offerings made by fire to the LORD. Everyone who touches them must be holy.”

– Leviticus 6.14–18

Have you smelled frankincense burning before? It is a wonderful aroma and it would certainly have enhanced the grain offering, which was also a memorial to the Lord. Notice also that the high priest was to eat what remained.

When sacrifices of various kinds were offered under the Law of Moses many things took place, both on earth and in heaven.

Questions:

  • What condition did anyone have to be in who touched the grain offering?
  • To what other offerings did the Lord compare the grain offering?

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