Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the Lord smelled a soothing aroma. Then the Lord said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.
-Sacrifice is written as zebach in Hebrew & means slaughter, immolate, vow, feast, offering, gift, tribute & oblation.
-Sacrifices can be classified into two, those that involved pouring of blood & those that did not. The ones that involved blood include: – burnt offerings, peace offerings & sin offerings. The other class includes: – first fruit & tithes, meat & drink offerings & incense. The first class defined animals of sacrifice as either clean or unclean. Noah took seven of every clean animal & two of each unclean animal, male & female into the ark. He only sacrificed clean animals to God which was pleasing to Him. After this, only clean animals were given to man for food & later in the New Testament, both clean & unclean animals were permitted.
-Just as Noah’s sacrifice had a soothing aroma, Christ; Who was without sin offered Himself as a sacrifice & offering to God for a sweet-smelling aroma in His love for us by dying for our sins, that we may also walk in love emulating His word (Eph 5:2).
We give You thanks Father for we have begun a new week in perfect health. We thank You for Your love for us & for offering Yourself for our salvation. We humbly ask You to cleanse us from all unrighteousness & help us in all our challenges. Help us to walk in Your love that our lives may always produce a sweet-smelling aroma for Your name sake. There is no one like You Father, we praise You & worship You; forever. Amen
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