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Today’s Torah Devotional from Leviticus 1:14-2:6
The Third Book of the Torah, “Vayikra,” “And HE Called.”
This weeks reading is, “Vayikra,” “And HE Called”

Today we read about the specifics of how the burnt offerings of birds are to be carried out, as well as the specifics for the meal offerings.

The bird offerings are to be chosen from only two varieties of birds, the turtle dove or the young common dove.

Once again the preparation and offering of this offering is specific in that the head is to be clipped off and burned, the crop and adjacent feathers are to be cast into the place of fatty ashes (or where the daily ashes are dumped every morning), the blood drained on the wall of the altar and the body split and burned as "a fire offering that is an appeasing fragrance to GOD."

The meal offerings have specific instructions depending on the way the meal is prepared. It is to be the highest quality wheat meal. Whether it is brought cooked or not, there is always the addition of olive oil to it. If it is not cooked, frankencense is also added to it.

All of it is to be burned "on the altar as a fire offering, an appeasing fragrance to GOD."

All of these sacrifices and burnt offerings are to be done in a specific fashion and burnt as an appeasing fragrance to GOD.

The animal sacrifices are worth by virtue of what they are... young, pure, without blemish and of a specific type (calf, sheep or goat). The meal sacrifices are consecrated and made worthy by the oil or anointing to make them worthy. All are to be burned as an appeasing fragrance to GOD.

As was discussed yesterday concerning our own sacrifices, this begs a few more questions.

IF we do bring our daily sacrifices to GOD, are we bringing the very best? The choice set aside sacrifices? The best of what we have produced?

Have we taken the time to make sure that what we do bring is as an appeasing fragrance to GOD? Have we taken the time to consecrate or anoint our sacrifices?

Do we "sacrifice" things or attitudes with a grudge "just because we have to do it?" Do we sacrifice that which is second best or our "half-hearted effort?"

Or to we take a moment to recognize that which we are called to lay down and put aside and do so with a heart of reverence and willing and grateful obedience? Do we consecrate our sacrifices by recognizing what we have been told to lay down and do it eagerly out of obedience? Is there respect, honor and fear of GOD behind our actions?

Which sacrifice brings an appeasing fragrance?

What are your thoughts on these scriptures?

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