“And the Lord smelled a soothing aroma. Then the Lord said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake” (Genesis 8:21).
When the destruction through flood came to an end and the water receded Noah came out of the Ark and the first thing he did was to build an Altar to the Lord and worship God with burnt offerings on the altar. The Lord smelled that soothing aroma and it reduced His resentment over the world and pacified Him. As a result, He made a covenant with the mankind and placed a rainbow on the cloud. It stands as a sign of the covenant made between God and all the earth. Whenever the rainbow is seen in the cloud God will remember that the water shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh (Genesis 9:`13-16).
We all have committed sin and have lost the divine glory. We have become the enemies of God (Romans 5:10). Jesus voluntarily delivered Himself on the cross of Calvary for the purpose that the hardships which happened during the days of Noah should not happen again in our time. God smelled the sacrifice of Noah as a soothing aroma and in the same way God willed to command Salvation to us accepting the sacrifice of Christ.
If a sinner wishes to turn into the God’s soothing aroma, he must turn and look at the Saviour of Calvary. Not only that. You need to dedicate yourself as a burnt offering to God just as Jesus Christ dedicated Himself to God. “…you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God” (Romans 12:1).
One side of an old Roman coin had been designed in such a way that a plough and an altar found a place on either side of an ox. Below this description, the following words had been engraved “Both are Acceptable”. The meaning is that “I am prepared to work hard and at the same time I am also prepared to sacrifice my life on the altar.” If the mere Roman Kingdom expected so much how great will be the expectation of the Heavenly Kingdom from us!
Thousands of aromas would have been to the liking of the Heavenly God in the glittering Heavenly Kingdom. But He accepts the earth’s smell of sacrifice as the soothing aroma. Yes, it shows the nature of obedience to God. One who presents his life as a living sacrifice is beloved in the sight of God. God accepts the smell of the sacrifice he offers.
In chapter 28 of the book ‘Numbers’ and chapter 27 of the book ‘Exodus’, it has been detailed how a ‘sin offering’ and a ‘burnt offering’ should be offered. We should dedicate ourselves in the Altar with a strong determination that” it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me”. This alone will be the soothing aroma to God.
To meditate:”And you shall burn the whole ram on the altar. It is a burnt offering to the Lord; it is a sweet aroma, an offering made by fire to the Lord” (Exodus 29:18).