Uncommon Smell 

Uncommon Sense(s)

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Smell—aroma, fragrance, odor, scent

  • Smell the atmosphere—salty ocean air, fresh mountain air, storm air, forest air, after-the-rain air
  • Smell nature—fragrant flowers, fir trees, ocean brine, a baby’s breath
  • Smell what we created—air fresheners, detergents, shampoos, lotions and perfumes—clever and close, but poor imitations
  • Smell your home—clean sheets, Christmas branches, chili on the stove, cookies in the oven, candles on the table
  • Smell the repellent—forgotten food in the fridge, garbage in the summer, ashes on the grate, sweat on warm bodies

Spiritual smell

  • The priests burned fragrant incense and burnt offerings—pleasing aromas to the Lord.[1]
  • They carried a censer of burning coals and fragrant incense before God so they wouldn’t die.[2]
  • Christ gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.[3]
  • We are the aroma of Christ.[4]
  • Through us, God spreads His fragrance everywhere.[5]
  • The gifts we give in His name are fragrant offerings, acceptable sacrifices, pleasing to God.[6]

Tomorrow’s smell—our prayers

Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all the saints, on the golden altar before the throne. The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints, went up before God from the angel’s hand.[7]

 

[1] Ex 29:18; 30:7-8 [2] Lev 16:12-13 [3] Eph 5:1-2 [4] 2 Cor 2:15 [5] 2 Cor 2:14 [6] Phil 4:18 [7] Rev 8:3-4
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