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Rev. Peter Greiner

Sun 24 Apr

Solomon wrote considerably on the subject of wisdom. How wise was he really? We are exposed to his wisdom when he was asked to determine who was the real mother of the living baby. 

We are exposed to his practical wisdom when it comes to studying books like Ecclesiastes and Proverbs. In Ecclesiastes 10 we are exposed to more of his proverbs when he compares wisdom and foolishness. 

Solomon will use dead flies and a jar of perfume to illustrate the fact that our life, our character will impact others. We can either have a sweet fragrance toward others of we will stink. 

However, being a sweet smell toward others is also found in Paul’s letter to the Church at Corinth. We read, “For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life.” (2 Corinthians 2:15-16). 

What aroma are we putting off to others? Are we the sweet smell of Christ who gives life? Or are we the smell of death? Are we the sweet smell of perfume, or the smell of dead flies?