When Noah finally gets off the ark, what is the first he does? He sacrifices some of the animals he just saved! (Genesis 8:18-21)
we missing something here? Doesn't he need those animals? Isn't God
going to be a little upset with him for killing the creatures that He
specifically told him to preserve?
Or maybe God told Noah
to bring seven pairs of each kind of animal planning for some of them to
survive and replenish the earth, and some of them to be sacrificed (Genesis 7:2-3).
Maybe God provided the sacrificial animals ahead of time to give Noah
enough to be able to sacrifice and to have what he needs for growing the
In fact, Noah didn't gather any of the animals himself. God brought them to Him (Genesis 7:8-9).
God provided the animals for Noah to keep and the animals to give back
to Him, just like God provides our opportunities for making an income,
the time that we have to live each day, and the talent for the
activities that we are able to do.
So God provides,
but the idea of the sacrifice is still bothersome. Why would God give
Noah those animals just to sacrifice them? Would would He give me an
income if He's just going to ask for some of the money back? Why give me
24 hours in a day, 168 hours in a week, and 8,736 hours in a year if
He's just going to ask me to spend some of that time with Him and for
Him? Why give me a talent if He's just going to ask me to use it to His
If God wanted my money, He could have kept it
and never given it to me. If He wanted my time, He could have taken my
life and transported me to Heaven early. If He wanted my talent, He
could have done the deeds Himself. He can do everything better than I
If He wanted the animals dead, He could
have left them to drown in the waters of the Flood rather than saving
them on the ark and having Noah sacrifice them as soon as they got off.
But it's all about the pleasing aroma of the sacrifice. Scripture isn't talking here about God salivating over the scent of barbecue or slow-roasting meat. What makes the aroma of the sacrifice pleasing is that it was a freely given act of worship and thanksgiving.
didn't need the animals from Noah, and He doesn't need our money or our
time or our talents, but He is pleased when we freely and thankfully
give them to Him.
How can you please God this week by
giving more freely to Him in the finances, the time, or the talents that
He's provided for you?