Leviticus 1:9 You are to wash the internal organs and the legs with water, and the priest is to burn all of it on the altar. It is a burnt offering, a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the Lord.
How does God smell a sacrifice? Does he have a nose? And if so, is his nose omnipresent?
On sixteen different occasions in the book of Leviticus, an “aroma” is mentioned as something pleasing to the Lord. Specifically, the aroma of a sacrifice is important to God. So apparently God can smell and presumably has a nose. But where is his nose? Is his nose everywhere in the universe? Is it just on earth? Is it just wherever sacrifices to him are being burnt? Is he there with his nose in a physical way?
We know through scientific research that smells are a reaction in our brain to chemical stimuli caused by particles being intercepted in the nose. So by what means are particles interacting with God’s nose? Also, the transport mechanism we use to smell things is through the air. Presumably then God’s nose is similar to ours and could only smell things on planets with atmospheres so that limits the omnipresence of his nose. And then you have to ask, does he have lungs with which to inhale through his nose? And then what does he do outside our atmosphere? Does he hold his breath?
Does he limit his smelling capability to only burnt offerings? Does he avoid wastewater treatment plants? Does he smell everything at once the way he hears all the prayers at once?
Smell is a biological mechanism primarily used for survival on earth. Why would God use this mechanism? One one hand we are told that God is uncaused, beginningless, changeless, immaterial, timeless, spaceless. That he’s the creator of the universe and so powerful and immense that mere disbelief in him is grounds for eternal torture. But on the other hand, he’s here on earth sniffing our barbecues.
Genesis 8:21 The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.”