A Pleasing Aroma

Scripture: Leviticus 2:9, ‘He shall take out the memorial portion from the grain offering and burn it on the altar as an offering made by fire, an aroma pleasing to the Lord.’


Observations: The ‘he’ in this passage refers to any Israelite who brings an offering to the Lord. Leviticus chapter 2 deals specifically with ‘the grain offering.’ The grain offering consisted of fine flour and oil (and salt, v13) and could be made into cakes or wafers and could be cooked in an oven (v4), or on a griddle (v5-6) or in a pan (v7). The grain offering was to contain no yeast or honey (v11). The grain offering was made as a ‘memorial.’ It doesn’t actually say what they were remembering, but it seems that it was an opportunity to remember God. Regularly in Scripture God’s people were called to remember specific things that he had done for them. In the same way the ‘grain offering’ was an opportunity to remember God’s provision and blessing. This was certainly the case when the grain offering was the first fruits of the season (v14). This memorial portion (a handful) was burnt on the altar (along with incense, v2) as an offering pleasing to the Lord, while the rest belonged to the priests (v10). God finds the aroma of the roasted flour ‘pleasing’ because it is an act of honouring him.


Application: Firstly, it’s so easy to forget God in the midst of all our busyness, so how do you remember the Lord? I’m not suggesting that you burn a portion of your breakfast, but maybe you need to set aside a portion of each day to remember the Lord and everything that he has done for you in Christ Jesus. Secondly, how is your life a pleasing aroma to the Lord? Paul says that we are to offer our lives as a living sacrifice pleasing to God (Rom 12:1). How is your life honouring God? The thing about smoke is that it’s easily seen, but I wonder if our love for Jesus is so easily seen by others!


Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I want to start each day by remembering You, Your majesty and power, Your love and grace, Your faithfulness and mercy. And Lord, I want to start each day by remembering Your Son Jesus, who died on the cross so that You might be pleased with me. Lord, may I never forget You today, but may You always be in my thoughts. And may my life be a pleasing aroma before You, as I honour You today. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen. 

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