Making Sense Through Our Senses

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One of the elementary lessons we learn in science class is that humans have five basic senses: seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touch. Believers attribute these senses as gifts from the one true God, our Creator. For example, “The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the LORD has made both of them,” (Proverbs 20:12, New American Standard Bible, NASB).

God has created each of our body parts for the purpose of glorifying him: “…therefore, glorify God in your body,” (1 Corinthians 6:20). Logically, this is why we have eyes, ears, a nose, a tongue,  fingers and hands. When he wrote to the Corinthian church, the Apostle Paul compared members of the church body to members of the human body saying,

“I want you to think about how all this makes you more significant, not less. A body isn’t just a single part blown up into something huge. It’s all the different-but-similar parts arranged and functioning together. If Foot said, “I’m not elegant like Hand, embellished with rings; I guess I don’t belong to this body,” would that make it so? If Ear said, “I’m not beautiful like Eye, limpid and expressive; I don’t deserve a place on the head,” would you want to remove it from the body? If the body was all eye, how could it hear? If all ear, how could it smell? As it is, we see that God has carefully placed each part of the body right where he wanted it. (1 Cor. 12:14-18, The Message, MSG).

Indeed, our senses demonstrate how we are unique in the scheme of God’s handiwork or workmanship. God has created us with these abilities so that we can use them to be his witnesses and do good works for him through Christ. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them,” (NASB).

If you study the many Bible passages that specifically point to the five senses, you can see how they make a lot of sense when it comes to using them for serving the LORD. To show how this applies, I have compiled the following scriptures for your own study with fill-in-the-blanks just to make it more intriguing. Most of the passages are from the NASB, but you might like to compare them to the translation you prefer.

SEEING

1 Corinthians 13:2 For now we see in a __________ dimly
Psalm 119:18 ________ my eyes that I may behold wonderful things from Thy ________
Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in ___________ for they shall see God
John 1:14 We have seen his __________
Matthew 6:33 Seek first the ____________ of God

HEARING

John 5:24 He who hears my Word…has _________ _________
Romans 10:17 So _________ comes by hearing and hearing by the _________ of Christ
Matthew 11:15 ________ to hear (also, 13:9; Mark 4:9; Luke 8:8)
Revelation 2:7 Hear what the __________ says (also, 3:6)

SMELLING

Ephesians 5:2 Christ…gave himself…an _________and _________ as a fragrant aroma to God
Ezekiel 20:41 As a soothing aroma I will ___________ you
Philippians 4:18 …what you have __________, a fragrant aroma…
Ecclesiastes 10:1 Dead _________ make a perfumer’s oil stink, so a little __________ is weighter than __________ and __________
2 Corinthians 2:15 _________ are the fragrance of Christ to God; 16 to the one a (or, an) _________ from death to death and to the other a (or, an) __________ from life to life

TASTING

Psalm 34:8 Taste and see that the Lord is ____________
Psalm 119:103 Sweet are thy __________ to my taste (also, 19:10)
Hebrews 6:5 Tasted the good _________ of ________ and the __________ of the age to come
1 Peter 2:3 Tasted the ____________ of the LORD

TOUCH

Mark 10:13 And they were bringing __________ to him so that he might touch them           (blessing)
2 Corinthians 6:17 Touch no _________ thing (also, Isaiah 52:11)
Matthew 9:20-22 If I only touch his ___________
Isaiah 41:13 I am the LORD you God who upholds [takes hold of] your ________ _________ (also, Isa. 42:6)
Deuteronomy 33:27 Underneath are his __________ __________

Good News to YOU!
Pastor Michael

P.S. Here’s a catchy tune for kids from 1 to 101… http://youtu.be/vXXiyIGqliE

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