When We Stink before God

March 9, 2012 at 10:10 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 14 Comments
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Have you ever noticed that some odors are so strong that it’s like you can actually taste the thing you are smelling?

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The word for this characteristic is “savour.” We enjoy the savour of a delicious food.

smelling good food

It smells good, and tastes even better. We do not, however, like the savour of rotting food.

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It has the hint of something that used to be pleasant, but has turned to rot, and the taste is nauseating.

In Genesis 8:21 and Ephesians 5:2 the word “savour” is used for the first and last times in the Bible. In the first instance, Noah and his family have exited the ark after the world-wide flood, and the Lord acknowledges the smell of Noah’s burnt offerings.

And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.

Genesis 8:21

As the Lord recognizes man’s sinful condition, and tells us that our hearts are completely depraved through-and-through from the time of our infancy, He nevertheless makes a gracious covenant never to destroy the earth with water again. God can never enjoy the smell or taste of sin. He is holy and pure, and He loves righteousness. However, being longsuffering, God chose for several centuries to delight in the sweet aroma of His Own grace, and to set aside the foul wrath-inducing odor of man’s iniquity.

If God was pleased with the sacrificial smell of Noah’s burnt beasts and birds, we can not even begin to imagine the great satisfaction (Isaiah 53:11) and pleasure (Isaiah 53:10) He must have taken in the greatest, most potent, and sweetest-smelling Sacrifice of all eternity.

And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

Ephesians 5:2

Jesus Christ, our mighty Savior, loved us enough to cover the wicked stench of all His people’s sins with the savour of His Own divine life-giving blood. Will we refuse to walk in a love such as this?

Rehearsing Repetitive Roman Reigns Really Recognizes Right Reckoning

November 5, 2010 at 10:53 am | Posted in A Little Alliteration, Romans | 14 Comments
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God wants us to understand the significance of Adam’s one sin and Christ’s one sacrifice. Count how many times you see the Word “one” in Romans Chapter 5: Verses 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19. I believe there are eleven “ones.”

Now count how many times you see the Word “reign?” Verses 14, 17, 21, for a total of five “reigns.” The Holy Spirit is emphasizing and comparing Adam’s kingdom and Christ’s kingdom.

Now look for the Words “much more:” Verses 9, 10, 15, 17, 20, for a total of six. The blessings that were gained by Christ’s obedience are “much more” – or much greater – than those lost by Adam’s disobedience.

That is the key difference in what Christ did so that He was victorious, and what Adam did so that he was defeated: Obedience. Adam was DISobedient unto death, so we have to die. Christ was OBEDIENT unto death, so we can live.

Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

Romans 5:20, emphasis added

This expression – “the law entered” – reminds me of the stage directions found in the manuscript of a play. (Falstaff enters, stage right.) The Law entered, like an actor, so that the Law could put on a show. It showed us how holy God is and how helpless we were to keep His commands in our fallen state. The Law is not “bad.” It is our schoolmaster – to bring us to Christ.


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