READINGS for 2007-02-14
And the Lord smelled the soothing aroma; and the Lord said to Himself, ?I will never again curse the ground on account of man?? ? Genesis 8:21
Do you know that of all our senses, smelling is the most primal? In fact, animals can?t survive without it. A blind rat, they say, can still fend for itself. But if it loses its sense of smell, it won?t be able to find food or even a mate! Animals and insects excrete certain chemicals called pheromones to transmit a number of messages. Some kinds of insects that are ready for breeding give off sex pheromones that can be detected by a potential mate 10 kilometers away.
Today, while we no longer offer burnt sacrifices, I believe that we still release aromas that our Lord can smell. Instead of animals, we are the living sacrifice and, many times in the New Testament, the Bible speaks of the fragrance that our witness and our lives give off. Second Corinthians 2:15-16 says, ?For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life.?
Is the Lord irresistibly attracted to your scent? Rissa S.
Lord, let my life be a pleasing fragrance to You.
Genesis 8:6-13, 20-22
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DIFFERENT KINDS OF BLINDNESS
I do not have any doubt at all that Jesus cured the physical blindness of many in His time. In fact, I believe that this still happens today! However, I cannot help thinking every time I read one of the stories of these healings in the Gospels that God is saying more to us than that He has the power to heal physical blindness. I think God is telling us that we should be looking deep into our hearts and minds for different sorts of blindness that are contributing to our inability to perfectly follow His will.
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