But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? – 2 Corinthians 2:14-16 ESV
We have portals into our experience. There are 5 portals and they are our senses. We let things into our experience in these 5 ways: We see things, we hear things-or speak them, we feel things-both emotionally and tactile, we taste things and we smell things. The five modalities are called: Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic, Olfactory and Gustatory. Diane Ackerman in her book, “Natural History of the Sense”, tells us that of the senses, the sense of smell, olfactory, is the most primitive of all. Each sense goes through a filtering process before it hits the main part of the brain. However, the Olfactory sense is unique because it goes directly to the main part of the brain. Our ‘state of mind’ is the way we feel. A smell can CREATE a STATE OF MIND, quicker than anything else; the second quickest way is through music. Then Aaron’s sons shall burn it on the altar on top of the burnt offering, which is on the wood on the fire; it is a food offering with a pleasing aroma to the Lord. (Leviticus 3:5) I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. (Philippians 4:18)
Leader, an Aroma, a smell can set the stage for many things; hunger, waking up, being peaceful, being agitated, making us feel better and making us feel worse. The smell of freshly brewed coffee in the morning, fresh buttered popcorn at a movie theater, the smell of fresh garlic being roasted as you walk into your favorite restaurant: smells can set a good standard. Aromas can also set a bad stage, create an uncomfortable state of mind; animal odors in a house, walking into a bathroom and knowing that this place is filthy. God speaks in language that we creatures can understand. God the Father is Spirit, essence, power- He does not have features like a man- that is Jesus, He is not physical in form. When we read that God is pleased with the aroma, it is anthropomorphism; the idea of referring to God by human characteristics. For example, God is said to have a “face.” He sets His face against evil (Leviticus 20:6). God the Father is often spoken of in Scripture as having human body parts in a figurative manner. Deuteronomy 33:27 mentions the arms of God, yet it is clear the writer did not intend to communicate that God has physical arms like people do. Genesis 6:8 mentions the eyes of the Lord. Exodus 6:6 speaks of God’s outstretched arm. God the Father; Jehovah, Yahweh, Allah, Adonai…has no nose yet; And when the Lord smelled the pleasing aroma, the Lord said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done. (Genesis 8:21)
Conduit, during the Christmas time celebration I love the smell of pumpkin, and sweets baking. The smell triggers corresponding feelings associated with it from my past. It is not just the aroma that I love, it is the feelings that come with the smell, everything that I associate with it: contentment, happiness, love, famiia… memories. How this particular aroma stirs me is beyond explanation. It runs deep. We can meet someone and automatically like them, or not like them. We do not know why, but we say, “it’s a gut feeling’… something about them. Either you really like them, or you do not but you are not sure why you feel the way you feel. What if it is an aroma, at the unconscious level that is telling you a story that you are not aware of, but you feel it, because you smell it? There is a saying when we know something is awry; “Something smells fishy”. There is a slang saying for being conceited, full of yourself; ‘Smellin’ yourself’, thinking you’re better than you are. If you are a child of God and you share the Gospel openly- in other words you are not separating God from other aspects of your life, some people are not going to like you. They might NOT know why they have a problem with you, but maybe they think you are ‘Smellin’ yourself’- it might be that your GOD FRAGRANCE might make them extremely uncomfortable. Conversely, if you are a child of God and you walk boldly with that GOOD NEWS and want to share it whenever and wherever you can- that smell of GRACE, MERCY and FORGIVENESS might just move someone close to you- without them knowing why. Smells create an unconscious feeling, a feeling that is at the cellular level. So today be a FRAGRANCE of GOD and also PUT A SONG ON YOUR HEART for the LORD and you will either be moving HIS CHILDREN closer to HIM, or you are moving the Devil’s children away from you. Either way SMELL WELL, for the LORD, WARRIOR!