Consecration offerings that made a sweet aroma 

Old Testament: Lev 8.22–29

To read the Bible in a year, read Leviticus 7–9 on February 9, In the year of our Lord Christ 2023

By Don Ruhl 

The consecration of Aaron and his sons for the priesthood of the children of Israel was one of the most special things in Israel, and so it required a special consecration offering: 

And he brought the second ram, the ram of consecration. Then Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the head of the ram, and Moses killed it. Also he took some of its blood and put it on the tip of Aaron’s right ear, on the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot…Moses took them from their hands and burned them on the altar, on the burnt offering. They were consecration offerings for a sweet aroma. That was an offering made by fire to the LORD…

– Leviticus 8.22–29 

When Moses did all that the Lord instructed, he took all the organs from the sacrifice and burned them before the Lord, and he accepted it as a sweet aroma. 

Man’s sin made such offerings necessary, but when they were offered as the Lord directed, it was like a sweet aroma before him, pleasing him that he might let Israel continue to exist. 

What we offer to the Lord today, he also accepts as a sweet aroma, although we do not burn animals as Israel did. When we support the work of gospel preaching, for example, it pleases him well, as Paul told the Philippian Church (Philippians 4.14–20). 


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Don preaches with the Savage Street Church of Christ in Grants Pass, Oregon. 

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