Admittedly, I don’t like sharks! Swimming off the coasts of Australia, there are plenty of sharks and oftentimes, we’ll get news of another swimmer or surfer getting attacked by a Great White. What is it about some sharks that they just happen to get attracted to humans? Perhaps it is our smell? After all, sharks are famous for their acute and superior sense of smell. Indeed, their ability to smell the smallest traces of blood dispersed within gallons and gallons of seawater has long been a source of fear and dread amongst swimmers and surfers. In addition, they can smell just a tiny part of their prey, even if this part or substance makes up only 1 out of 10 billion parts of the victim’s body! This ability also extends over hundreds of metres.
Studies about the vast animal kingdom of earth reveals that the African elephant has the strongest sense of smell. Also, a bloodhound is often referred to as a nose attached to a dog since these pooches have an amazing ability to scan any terrain with their nose. And strangely, even the male silk moth has a large and elaborate, feathery antennae filled with scent receptors that enable it to sense a single pheromone scent particle from a female from more than seven miles away!
Spiritually, our creator Yehovah also has a profound sense of smell, yes, and even greater than all of the creation’s creatures combined! So, exactly what is it about smell that we should know? The New Testament writer Paul had this to say in 2 Corinthians 2:15-16:
For we are to God the fragrance of Messiah among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life.
In this episode of Real Israel Talk Radio, Program 4, Episode 57, “What is Biblical Salvation?” we are going to continue with our study about Yeshua and Salvation. Salvation involves a scent, a smell of something sweet as compared to Sin which involves a scent or smell of decay and rottenness.
We will have a close look into the ancient Jewish and biblical idea of salvation based on a teaching of Genesis 3:19, Isaiah 26:19, and Revelation 20:14 as it all relates to Genesis 2:17. All of this should be understood if we want to really appreciate the smell of Divine Eternal salvation through Yeshua.