Numbers 29:2 and others scriptures say that burnt offerings are a pleasing aroma to God. These scriptures have troubled me in the past. I would think, “Why, God, would you like the smell of sacrifices being burned?” I believe I have one answer. Let’s take an analogy from our Thanksgiving traditions.
“Hey, Mom, that smells delicious! I can smell the turkey. You have leg of lamb too. Not surprising because dad loves that And you made lemon pie and homemade rolls. Wow, the smell of that banana bread.”
Those kinds of comments do not mean that my son loves turkeys and lambs being killed. No, he is pleased because we have the holiday together with all the traditional elements of a prosperous and successful harvest. We still have an income that allows for this extravagance! Bring on those delicious aromas. The aroma heralds the meal!
For God, the lamb was to be perfect. No roadkill for his kids. The sacrifice was a time of spiritual renewal. No half-heartedly turning over a new leaf. It was a festive time as families ate of the sacrificial lamb. A time of tradition, forgiveness, and thanksgiving.
************** Prayer: Lord, I thank you for the pleasing aromas of my Thanksgivings. How thankful I am that pleasing aroma is rising in the homes of my loved ones! My thoughts turn to those who have no abundance of pleasing aromas, no family with whom to celebrate, no knowledge of your forgiveness, no peace that comes with giving thanks to you. May your grace, comfort, and peace be a sweet aroma to those who seek you. Thank you, Heavenly Father