Monthly Archives: January 2015

Making sense

Hello again readers. Here’s a post from guest-writer Nils Olson, BFI missionary in Japan. He and his wife, Andrea, have been serving on the island of Kyushu since January 1978. In case you do not have your Bible handy, the KJV scriptures are included in the article for quick reference as you read. 

5senses

The five senses are from God. They are and were His. He gave them to us when He created us in His image, after His likeness. Why? To show His glory in the earth!

Isaiah 42:1-8 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law. Thus saith God the Lord, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein: I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. I am the Lord:that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

Isaiah 43:21 This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.

SEEING:

Isaiah 40:26 Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.

Proverbs 15:3 The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

HEARING:

Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 29, 3:6, 13, 22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

TASTING:

Psalm 34:8 O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

Exodus 16:31 And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.

John 2:9-10 When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.

SMELLING:

Genesis 2:7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Leviticus 17:11 For the life (נֶפֶשׁ neh’·fesh: soul, self, life, creature, person, appetite, mind, living being, desire, emotion, passion) of the flesh (בָּשָׂר bä·sär’: the body of humans and animals) is in the blood. 

The soul contains the five senses. The soul is our emotional being where reside our senses of smell, hearing, tasting, feeling-touch and hearing.

Exodus 29:18 And thou shalt burn the whole ram upon the altar: it is a burnt offering unto the Lord: it is a sweet savour (scent, fragrance, aroma, odour), an offering made by fire unto the Lord.

God likes the smell of barbecues and a grilling steak. Incense, sweet smell, nostrils.

FEELING-TOUCH:

Genesis 1:26; 2:7 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

God used clay! Playing in the dirt! He liked the feel. Could playing in the dirt by gardening, pulling weeds or even throwing something on a potter’s wheel bring an individual closer to God in some kind of way? Perhaps we could call it “returning to one’s roots.”

The five senses connect us to God!