34 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Take fragrant spices—gum resin, onycha and galbanum—and pure frankincense, all in equal amounts, 35 and make a fragrant blend of incense, the work of a perfumer. It is to be salted and pure and sacred.36 Grind some of it to powder and place it in front of the ark of the covenant law in the tent of meeting, where I will meet with you. It shall be most holy to you. 37 Do not make any incense with this formula for yourselves; consider it holy to the Lord.38 Whoever makes incense like it to enjoy its fragrance must be cut off from their people.” (Exodus 30:34-38, NIV)



You can almost smell this chapter. I wish the onion skin Bible here or your online Bible were "scratch and sniff."

Can you smell the incense? Do you see the tools of atonement? Washing basin? Sacrifices of animals? Anointing oil? Even Tabernacle Tax served the dual function of providing for the service of the tent of meeting while also being a "memorial for the Israelites before the Lord, making atonement for your lives." (Exodus 30:16)

All these smells, physical washings, giving hard earned money or precious jewelry, being anointed with oil are very direct signs of the tangible presence in worship of God. 


What are tangible ways you worship today in your church? Family? Individually?


Lord, return our hearts to the tangible kingdom of smelling, knowing, seeing, feeling your presence in the world. Jesus, when you came to earth, heaven came down and touched us and renewed the call for tangibility in our lives of worship. You healed bodies as well as souls, and we ask you to heal us from head to toe.


Greg Taylor

Greg Taylor preaches for The Journey. Greg's wife, Jill, teaches math at Broken Arrow High School and Tulsa Community College. Greg and Jill have three adult children, Ashley, Anna, and Jacob. Greg is the author of many books, including his latest co-authored with Randy Harris, Daring Faith: Meeting Jesus in the Book of John.

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