We have heard it said in the Psalms, "Taste and see for the Lord is good". This is another part of the sensate, taste, where the image is borrowed from the common idea of things tasting bitter or sweet. God commanded Ezekiel to eat the scroll for the words of the scroll contained an oracle of judgment by which God was calling Ezekiel to digest God's word of judgment. Ezekiel ate the scroll and was astonished when he discovered that it tasted sweet.  He made the comment that it tasted as sweet as honey. God wanted the people to remember the bitterness of their stay in Egypt and the sweetness of the redemption that was accomplished in the Exodus. 

     The communion table shares with us both the bitterness of the wine in our sin imputed to Christ as well as its sweetness in His grace imputed to us.There is the  association of certain truths with certain tastes.  Jesus broke the bread and gave it to His disciples and said this is my body broken for you. Jesus attached a redemptive significance to that image, to that bread, and He told His Church to do that over and over again, for the bread symbolized life itself. God designed worship to include our sense of taste. With taste we can couple the olfactory sense of smell where the fragrance of Christ is exemplified and the aroma of the presence of God is like incense.

     Have you ever experienced the presence of God in worship with a certain fragrance or certain aroma?  God designed worship to include the sense of taste, and the olfactory sense of smell. Paul encourages us to, "Walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God".

Jim LetiziaComment