sermonette: Holy for the Lord
Sweet Smelling Sacrifice
Martin G. Collins
Given 10-Apr-15; Sermon #1261As; 14 minutes
Martin Collins, reflecting on the foulest smelling item on the earth, namely the Titan Arum flower, emitting the odor of rotting flesh, contrasts it with the wonderful aromas recorded in scripture, sweet aromas from burnt offerings, fragrant incense, symbolic of prayers. If the Israelites were to use this incense for profane or personal purposes, they would be cut off from their people. A righteous man compromises with God's Law, resembles dead flies in perfume. Incense symbolizes the prayers of the saints; sweet aromas are as horrible as the odor of Titan Arum if offered by people in defiance. Our offerings, as our prayers, should remain holy for the Lord, exuding a fragrant aroma.
Aroma of burnt offering mentioned 42 times in the scripture Ecclesiastes 10:1 Ephesians 5:1 Exodus 30:37-38 Foul odors Fragrant incense Garbage piles Golden altar before the throne Leviticus 26:30-31 Philippians 4: 14-18 Prayers of the saints Psalm 142: 2 Prayers of the saints Revelation 8:4 II Corinthians 2:14-17 Smells Stench Sulphur based compounds