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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Smell (the sense of smell) (07/29/10)

TITLE: Sweet incense
By vincent lyons
08/02/10


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To tribes of millions camping there
A fragrance filled the desert air—
The smoke from sacrificial lambs
Offered up for the sins of man—
It signified God’s future plan.

It wafted through each dwelling place,
Reminding them of law and grace;
None could escape its testament
To God’s abiding covenant—
One day a Saviour would be sent.

Each morn and evening offering,
Before God’s throne a fragrant thing—
A covering for sinful deeds;
Though ash-heaps mount with death’s proceeds
The grace of God by far exceeds.

When Israel settled in the land
They built a temple, lofty, grand;
Yet still the smell of sacrifice—
The only thing that would suffice
Until the coming of the Christ.

The magnitude of sin is stressed
Which flowing blood could not redress;
The gulf twixt man and God portrayed—
A holy life’s no masquerade—
His word and law must be obeyed.

A rising stench of mounting sin!—
Behold the Lamb of God with men!
Lord Jesus Christ through virgin birth
Had come to save all souls on earth
By sacrifice of priceless worth.

The blood of bulls, of goats and rams
Covered sin ‘till the perfect Lamb;
His once shed blood for sin atones
For all who make His death their own—
They’ll cast their crowns before His throne.

These are the fragrance now of Christ,
Of death to death and life to life—
Their lives a living offering,
Mouths filled with praise and thanksgiving—
Sweet incense rising to their King.


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Patsy Hallum08/05/10
Wonderful! Thanks you.
Ruth Brown 08/06/10
Excellent. So meaningful. May God continue to bless you as you write for His glory!, Ruth
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/06/10
How beautiful the truth is.
Kate Oliver Webb08/06/10
And a very sweet read. Thank you for sharing your heart and your writing talent. This is a beautiful entry.
Elizabeth Cain08/07/10
I really enjoyed the visualizations you gave! This is an awesome reminder of how Israel must have longed for her redeemer. (I'm sure we share their anticipation as we wait for Christ's second return.)

May God indeed continue to bless your writing—and may He also use this gift (and the others I’m sure He’s given you ;) ) to fulfill the wondrous plan He has for you! :)

Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/12/10
Congratulations for placing in the top 15 of your level and the top 30 overall.