Friday, January 19, 2018

March 4: A Fragrant Sacrifice

March 4_altarBAs you read through Exodus and other parts of the Old Testament you become increasingly aware of how much sacrifice plays a part in man’s relationship with God whether on a physical altar or through Jesus Christ.

The activity in the outer court was centered around sacrifice…an animal was killed, the blood used for holy purposes, and the flesh was put on the altar as a burnt offering to the Lord.  And, God said it was a “sweet savour” unto Him…“an offering made by fire unto the Lord.”

God entered into a better covenant with man through the sacrifice of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ.  In him the sacrifices of the Old Covenant are fulfilled and since He was offered up at Calvary, there is no longer any need for an ordinary ram upon the altar of sacrifice.

But consider today’s verse: “And thou shalt burn the WHOLE ram upon the altar: it is a burnt offering unto the Lord: it is a sweet savour, an OFFERING MADE BY FIRE unto the Lord.” (Exodus 29:18)

What was it that God considered to be a “sweet savour”?  It’s the consuming of flesh that pleases our God.

Our human nature must become that “offering made by fire unto the Lord”.  Every bit of our “flesh” must be laid upon that altar of sacrifice…we must decrease that He might increase.  As we partake of Christ’s sufferings, as we lay down our will, our dreams, our schemes, our desires…willingly and sacrificially allowing them to be consumed by God’s holy fire, we will have become that sweet smelling savour unto Him.

Do you want your life to be fragrant?  Lay down your will and allow it to be consumed on the altar.  You will be transformed into His likeness as the image of His glory will be seen in you and your life a pleasing fragrant to our God.

Father, help me each day to lay my life down…every bit of me, withholding nothing from Your consuming fire.  Lord, consume me, purify me, and make me into Your image, that You might be glorified in me and my life become a sweet-smelling savour unto You, amen.

“And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.”  (Ephesians 5:2)

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