There are certain smells that you just can’t get out of your mind. And every time you smell them again those smells remind you of something good. Roast and garlic were the smells of every Sunday afternoon’s family dinner after church. Therefore, it not only came to smell like a delicious meal but also family fun, fellowship and love between one another. Visitors would come over and the kids that filled the home would play and laugh – and eat!
These smells carved out a memory. I never forgot them, and now any time I’m around them again they make me think of Sunday family dinners.
In the Bible we are told of smells that are not only physical in nature, but spiritual. They are called Memorials.
Memorials remind God of us. They draw Him near to us. And they remind Him to care for us even after the action that caused the memory is done, because we touch His heart with the action.
The action causing the memorial is offered with a sweetness of worship or love or attitude, so they also remind Him of what we were doing when He smelled it.
The part of a sacrifice which was burned on the altar together with the frankincense, that its fragrance might ascend to heaven and commend the offerer to God…
Leviticus 2:8-9 – When you bring in the grain offering which is made of these things to the LORD, it shall be presented to the priest and he shall bring it to the altar. The priest then shall take up from the grain offering its memorial portion, and shall offer it up in smoke on the altar as an offering by fire of a soothing aroma to the LORD.
Giving is a memorial. The bible tells us that giving to others in Love, in the name of the Lord, so as to be an extension of the Lord is one of those acts that releases an aroma to God that draws Him near.
Philippians 4:10-20 – “I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
“Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need. Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account. I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.”
Let’s attract the Lord with a sweet smell. Let’s lift up memorials to Him. Let’s give liberally in His love and with His heart.
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