July 22, 2012

The Aroma – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2 and walk in love, just as Christ also  loved  you and  gave Himself up for us, an  offering and a sacrifice to God  as a  fragrant aroma,” Eph.5:1-2.

Incense in Scripture has a variety of rich and meaningful usages, particularly as related to the blood sacrifice.

“Moreover, you shall make an altar as a place for burning incense; you shall make it of acacia wood.: “You shall put this altar in front of the veil that is near the ark of the testimony, in front of the mercy seat that is over the ark of the testimony, where I will meet with you.” Ex.30:1, 6.

Without this incense, it was impossible to meet with God in this prescribed way. It was to be offered both in the morning and in the evening.

“Aaron shall burn fragrant incense on it; he shall burn it every morning when he trims the lamps. “When Aaron trims the lamps at twilight, he shall burn incense. There shall be perpetual incense before the LORD throughout your generations.” Ex.30:6-7.

Great care was to be taken in its preparation.

“Then the LORD said to Moses, “Take for yourself spices, stacte and onycha and galbanum, spices with pure frankincense; there shall be an equal part of each. “With it you shall make incense, a perfume, the work of a perfumer, salted, pure, and holy. “You shall beat some of it very fine, and put part of it before the testimony in the tent of meeting where I will meet with you; it shall be most holy to you.” Ex.30:34-36.

It was not to be used for any other purpose.

“The incense which you shall make, you shall not make in the same proportions for yourselves; it shall be holy to you for the LORD. “Whoever shall make any like it, to use as perfume, shall be cut off from his people.” Ex.30:37-38.

In the New Testament we find a totally different application of this principle. As in our text, we see that Jesus Christ Himself has become an offering and a “fragrance of Christ” to God. His freely offering Himself is an example to us to live a life of sacrifice and love.

While He was the final sacrifice, we are

“to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” Rom.12:1.

This may even take the form of material things.

“But I have received everything in full and have an abundance; I am amply supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you have sent, a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God.” Phil 4:18.

In the mind of God, our life of sacrifice is a sweet-smelling savor.

“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;” II Cor.2:14-15.

Without our willing, living sacrifice, we cannot approach God, but with it, we are a “a fragrance of Christ.”

Adapted from an article by Henry Morris

 

 

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