Sometimes as I walk up to my house I get a stimulating indescribable smell of what probably heaven smells like. It is a pleasantly sweet smell of hickory smoke that has permeated my offset-barrel smoker that is set near my office door. This intriguing smell is loved my most everyone (and I would dare to say) including God himself.
According to Genesis chapter eight, after the earth had flooded and Noah had exited the Ark; Noah offered sacrifices to God. God smelled the sacrifices and called them a soothing aroma…
Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. The LORD smelled the soothing aroma; and the LORD said to Himself, “I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done. Genesis 8:20-21
Maybe the best way to describe the first mentioned BBQ smell is “soothing aroma”. Or maybe, I am stretching here. Either way this is an interesting place in scripture as Noah is going to bring peace and rest (5:29) to mankind through his line since man needs a savior because “man’s heart is evil from his youth.” (vs. 20)
Even though the outward evilness of mankind was destroyed in the flood; evil is still present within every man and woman because “man’s heart is evil from his youth.” God set up the sacrificial system to cover the sins of the people since they are unable to save themselves.
In chapter nine of Genesis, God gives the charge for Noah’s family to be fruitful and to fill the earth. God gives direction that it was okay to kill animals for food but not to kill man because man is made in God’s image. God describes the importance of blood since it is the life source of the creature.
The blood could not be treated as trivial or common food but to keep it in their mind how precious life is. The blood could only be used for atonement for sacrifices and not as food. By doing this, it was a foreshadowing of the Peace that was to come. Ultimately, the foretold Peace, Jesus Christ would do the final one time act of shedding His own blood and dying for the sins of the world.
The first smell of “BBQ” was the beginning of the sacrificial system where blood was used to atone for man’s sins. This blood was also a foreshadowing of the blood which would be shed from the precious “Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world” (John 1:29).
Christ’s precious blood is the only thing that can cleanse your sins and give you the peace that you desire.
If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth; knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. 1 Peter 1:17-19