Good Morning June 10

I take a walk in the mornings around our neighborhood. Up at the end of our cul-de-sac there is a very sweet smell. Honeysuckle has filled the bushes along the fence row. It is a very pleasant odor as I make the turn around the end of our street. The Bible talks about another pleasing odor in relation to the sacrifices that were made by the Old Testament Jews. God told them, “Then burn the entire ram on the altar. It is a burnt offering to the LORD, a pleasing aroma, a food offering presented to the LORD.”(Exodus 29:18) Of course we think this quite strange. What can be pleasing about the smell of burning animal flesh? The smell was not that of the animal, but of the obedience of the people. They were in a proper relationship with Him, and following His commands. God would later say, I hate your offerings, (Isaiah 1:14) because they were done by rote, devoid of meaning, obedience, and grace. God has given us His Word as the true guide for life. We are to be a pleasing aroma to our Lord when we heed that Word and seek to live a life that brings glory to His name.

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