“Soothing Aromas”

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I recently was running the back-roads between Quinton and Salem–– with the car windows wide open. It was a warm day and there was a steady breeze blowing along Quaker Neck Road. Suddenly, the air was filled with the sweet scent of a freshly cut field. Having grown up in a small, farming community–– the fragrance of newly cut field grass immediately (and nostalgically) took me “back home.” There is something very “soothing” for me–– on a sensory level, about the aroma of a freshly cut field.

Later that same day, I began looking for any references I could find in the Scriptures that talked about “soothing aromas.” Honestly, I was somewhat surprised to realize that between the books of Leviticus and Numbers alone… there are thirty-five specific references to “an offering… as a soothing aroma to the LORD.” In the immediate context, most of those passages were references to burnt and grain sacrifices, given to God; as required under the Law. But what would God require of us, today–– we who live; not “under the law” but “under grace?” (Romans 6:15)

In his second letter to the church in Corinth, the Apostle Paul said this: “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. And who is adequate for these things?” (2. Corinthians 2:14-16, NASB) Using the O.T. imagery of smoke from a sacrifice which, rose up to God as a sweet aroma–– he reminds us that we are the sweet, scent of Christ… in the world around us! Our lives are a fragrant offering to Him–– those around us are both watching and “whiffing” (if you will) how we live! Live well…

In His Joy,
Pastor Daryle