Leviticus 17

“This is to the end that the people of Israel may bring their sacrifices to the LORD … as sacrifices of peace offerings to the LORD” (v5).  The Israelites were prohibited from sacrificing animals outside the tabernacle (or later Temple), so that they would not be tempted to “sacrifice to goat demons” (v7) or other false gods that promised wealth, protection, and power.  Animal sacrifice was carefully regulated to preserve its purpose: to bring the worshipper closer to the God of Abraham, symbolically covering their sins.

Right worship is a “pleasing aroma to the Lord” (v6). As we reject false sources of satisfaction and comfort, we are drawn closer into God’s presence through Jesus.