Leviticus – Be Holy or be hitch hiking in the desert.
If I where to depict the writings of Leviticus it would be a book of ritual worship and guides to holiness. God is holy and deserves our unshackled worship and holy living.
All the offerings where both and act of worship to a Holy God and a means of imputing temporary holiness to a people called to be in right relationship with Him.
Leviticus 8:19 – 21 “He washed the inner parts and the legs with water and burned the whole ram on the altar as a burnt offering, a pleasing aroma, and offering made to the LORD by fire, as the LORD commanded Moses.”
The burnt offer is one of five offerings to God. The root verb meaning is “To ascend.”
It is an offering of ascention. The offering was burned and it ascended to God.
God breathes in our offerings of worship to Him. Part of that aroma may be a knowledge that your humanness has been covered over, your viewed in right standing with our Creator.
Fire consumes all of the sacrifice, as prescribed, to alleviate the sin it represents and leaves nothing unsettled. It is consumed on the altar with nothing left behind but the appeasing smell that elevates to where God resides. God give us senses as he has…nothing like the smell of steak on a BBQ.
God demands and deserves our worship. It is a pleasing aroma from an otherwise repulsive stench that sin produces.
Note to self:
Burn all old running shoes in the burn-barrel altar. It would be the best way to get 300 miles of running-odor completely removed. Fire consumes everything leaving nothing left behind but the ashes of a reminder…it’s cheaper to run barefoot.
Anyway…short attention span re-directed:
Departing from God’s worship/sacrifice directive landed people dead or hitch-hiking in the desert. Nadab and Abihu offered unauthorized fire, and the same fire that consumes, reduced them to a couple of ash heaps. You play with fire and…well I’m sure you know the phrase.
Hebrews 12 :28 might have been written with them in mind:
28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.”
Worship in awe with reverence. God deserves that at a minimum.