The Smell of God's Presence!
Okay, I know this sounds a little far out, but when I was reading from the book of Exodus the other day, I decided that God must like the sweet smell of perfume!
Maybe He doesn't go for the same perfumes that I do,
like these that are below,
but He was choosey in what He wanted in His tabernacle.
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As you read, you'll find the instructions God gave to Moses
regarding making fragrant anointing oils to be used in the tabernacle.
I tried to imagine why God would want this good smelling incense
in His tabernacle or "tent of meeting".
I thought about the sacrifices that were offered back then,
and how hard it must have been to keep the tabernacle clean.
The priests were probably kept very busy with all the regulations of
preparing and offering the various sacrifices.
It must have smelled a little like a steak house,
a perpetual barbecue with steak always on the grill.
(That made me think God must like the smell of steak, too!)
It interested me that although God required the sacrifices of animals for atonement,
that was not the smell that He wanted to be remembered by.
He wanted the sweet smell of incense to be associated with His presence.
He was very specific in how this fragrant anointing oil was to be made,
where it was to be used,
and who could use it.
...And it wasn't available for everyone;
It was to be used on various items in the tabernacle,
and only used by the priests.
So, this got me thinking...
What kind of fragrance do I leave behind?
Can people tell I've been in God's presence?
...Or maybe, even more so, when I have not?!!!
I could not end this post without being thankful to God
for the sacrifice of His Son Jesus,
who died in my place so that I need not have to offer
an animal sacrifice to atone for my sin!
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