A sweet savour to the Lord: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

What makes a sweet savour (smell, aroma), to the Lord?  We find it mentioned 46 times in the Bible, most in the Old Testament.  All concerning burnt offerings.

The first offering was spontaneously made by Cain and Able.  (A freewill, giving back to the Lord).  Long before  the Priesthood, and formal offerings were  implemented.

It is interesting to note:
There is no mention that it was a burnt offering. 
Cain was the first to bring an offering, the fruit of the ground.  Followed by Able, with a perfect lamb.
The Lord rejected Cains offering but excepted Ables. 


I believe it was because Cain was proud of his accomplishments, the tilling, weeding, picking the best.  (Because of him, it was a good crop).

Where Able brought a perfect lamb, without spot or blemish, acknowledging the Lords perfect work.

After this Cain killed Able and left the presence of the Lord.   There was no sweet savour.


We first find the term a sweet savour after God remembered Noah and sent a wind to dry the earth.

This was Worship, a Freewill offering of thanksgiving for the Salvation of all Noah loved.

Genesis 8:20-22
King James Version (KJV)
And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.

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.

While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”  (climate change)

Abram was next to build altars to the Lord.

Genesis 12:7
And the Lord appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the Lord, who appeared unto him.”

Abram built altars to Worship the Lord, all Freewill offerings of thanksgiving for the Lords leading and provision.

Then one, by the Lords command, to sacrifice Issac.  There is no mention of a sweet savour until the Priesthood is initiated.

Exodus 29:18
King James Version (KJV)
And thou shalt burn the whole ram upon the altar: it is a burnt offering unto the Lord: it is a sweet savour, an offering made by fire unto the Lord.

Then the altars and burnt offerings were no longer Freewill Worship, but works to please the Lord.  To provide a sweet savour of obedience.

44 times in the Old Testament we find the sweet savour mentioned, only twice in the New. 

It is no longer about burnt sacrifices.

Ephesians 5:1-2
King James Version (KJV)
Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;  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 sweet smelling savour.

Christ by His life and death, became the ultimate sweet savour for the Lord. 

A Freewill love offering, for whosoever will give themselves to Him.  His sacrifice gives us a sweet savour to the Father.

2 Corinthians 2:14-16
King James Version (KJV)
Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.  For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:  To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?”

To the lost, we aren’t so sweet, our love, obedience, devotion, trust and reliance on Jesus, causes them to understand their path to perdition.

They recognize we are different and  resent our sure knowledge of Salvation  and refuse to walk in the light.


Lord, help us to be to guides that lead the lost to You.  May we display Your Love, Mercy and Grace.  That those who will, find You in us.


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