The Lord called Moses, and spoke to him from the tent of meeting, saying, “Speak to the people of Israel… .”
Hearing the Word of God comes before speaking the Word of God. First, we hear the Word of the Lord. Then, we speak the Word of the Lord.
“a pleasing odour to the Lord”
As we read, in Leviticus, about many sacrifices offered to the Lord, our thoughts turn to the New Testament, where we read about Jesus Christ, “the atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 2:2; 4:10). In Romans 12:1, we read about our response to what Christ has done for us: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God. This is your true spiritual worship.” In Hebrews 13:15, we are called to praise the Lord, “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise, the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.” As we think about our response to what Christ has done for us, we nust take special note of these words, “in view of God’s mercy” and “through Jesus.”
When we speak about our salvation, we begin with what the Lord has done for us and, then, we move on to thinking about how we are to respond to his great love for us.