Does God Eat?

Question

Did God actually eat some of the offerings provided by the Israelites as He instructed? Is eating one of the activities God was doing with the presence of the cloud in the Tabernacle? God said some of the offerings were for the Levite Priest, but not all of them. God must have eaten some of the offerings. After all, man is made in His image.

Answer

The person who submitted this question referenced Numbers 28:2 in the New Living Translation, which reads:

(NLT) Give these instructions to the people of Israel: The offerings you present as special gifts are a pleasing aroma to me; they are my food. See to it that they are brought at the appointed times and offered according to my instructions.

This verse is translated differently in other Bible translations:

(KJV) "Command the children of Israel, and say unto them, 'My offering, and my bread for my sacrifices made by fire, for a sweet savour unto me, shall ye observe to offer unto me in their due season.'"

(NKJV) "Command the children of Israel, and say to them, 'My offering, My food for My offerings made by fire as a sweet aroma to Me, you shall be careful to offer to Me at their appointed time.'"

(NASB) "Command the sons of Israel and say to them, 'You shall be careful to present My offering, My food for My offerings by fire, of a soothing aroma to Me, at their appointed time.'"

We can understand that the offerings given to God are food, but the question is, how does God receive these offerings? In all of these translations, it is clear that it is a pleasing aroma, or sweet savor, to the Lord. Let's look more closely at what that means.

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