I awoke this morning with the word fragrance on my mind. Fragrance is mentioned in the Bible with reference to oils and anointing. In Exodus 30 we find a recipe for mixing of a sacred oil that is not to be used for any other purpose than for consecrating the altar. In Revelations 5:8 we read, “And when He took the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of the set-apart ones.”
If our prayers are incense then this would imply that our prayers are sweet smelling. This made me ponder if my prayers were sweet smelling, how could they be? Are my prayers lists of complaints and requests to fix things that are not working in my benefit? Do I groan and moan OR are my prayers petitions with thanksgiving? Do I worship Him Who sits on the throne and does my heart (that is what YHWH looks at) emit a fragrance that edifies Yeshua my bridegroom?
We read in Esther that in preparation for her wedding she spent six months preparing with myrrh and six months preparing with fragrant spices and oils. This was not synthetic perfume, but essential oils that would have seeped into her pores and she would have left a scent behind when she entered and exited a room. People would know she had been there because her fragrance would linger. I started to ponder, what fragrance do I leave behind? When we enter a room do we cause people to choke because we give off a toxic fragrance? Or do we walk into a room as the bride of Yeshua, with a fragrance that is unmistakably that of a bride preparing for the return of her Bridegroom? A spiritual fragrance from trimming our lamp, least we be caught sleeping when He returns.
I did a little bit of Googling and came across a website, that gave a good background into the use of perfume or fragrance in Biblical times. It reminded me that essential oils were expensive and used to mask odours during gatherings,for obvious reasons. (http://www.kubik.org/health/perfumes.htm). The article brought up the development of fragrance and the synthetic additions used to afford cheaper fragrances, and allow fragrances to hold their aroma longer. Here I pondered again…..
Some of us use perfume or aftershave to make ourselves smell good. We cover our natural smell with synthetic fragrance. How do we use synthetic, man-made doctrines and followings that cover the Truth, the true essential oils and fragrances? In addition, how many times do I leave a synthetic fragrance when I leave a room? Do I know what the Truth is, or am I unable to sense the Truth because I have become accustomed to synthetic faith? These are questions I asked myself, you may not need to ask them, however they may be applicable to loved ones you are lifting in prayer.
I have a very dear friend and she has shared her knowledge in essential oils with me, she is an example of a fragrant bride of Christ. She fills the room with a fragrance of acceptance, she never judges people, but rather actions. When she leaves a room she leaves a sense of peace, fellowship and love for her Bridegroom behind. She encourages and upholds. This fragrance is not from essential oils, it is a spiritual fragrance and being in her company is always so special because she oozes a love for Yeshua that is tangible, yet she will say in humility that she does not realise this. For guys this may be too warm and fuzzy…sorry.
Maybe a male version would be that person that encourages you by being loyal, honest and supportive. Someone that you can be yourself with, without fearing condemnation, competition or put downs. It does not matter, we are all called to be the body of Yeshua, the bride. We are all called to trim our lamps, gather oil and prepare for the return of Elohim. If we are in this state of preparation then surely we get oil on our hands, the fragrance of what we are busy with lingers in our hair and skin and permeates our houses. I recall my mum baking bread and making soup on a cold day. The whole house smelt so warm and inviting, when I gave Mum a kiss I could smell that aroma of baked bread in her hair…that is what I am getting at. If we are sitting in His presence, soaking in His word, breaking bread, filled with the Set-Apart Spirit of Truth, and fearfully and prayerfully using oils to set ourselves apart – then surely we should have a Heavenly, Christ-like fragrance as a bride preparing for her Bridegroom’s return.
YHWH, I thank You that You look upon the heart. I pray that as Your bride prepares herself for the return of Yeshua that we will be His fragrance to the world. That this fragrance will draw the lost to You, will bring esteem and honour to Your name. Amen
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.