(Aftershave for Mighty Men)
Quirasse is a Latin word meaning the 'armor' that is normally worn to battle/war!
The Bible constantly tells us about ‘fragrant’ oils and ‘perfume’.
One of Scripture’s most poignant, bittersweet scenes...
Mary of Bethany: took a jar filled with very expensive perfume,
approaches Jesus, breaks the jar, and begins pouring the precious oil over His head and feet.
As the house fills with the oil’s pungent fragrance, the Lord says to those nearby: “She has done a beautiful thing for me.
She poured this perfume on me to prepare my body for burial.
I tell you that throughout the whole world………what she has done will be told in her memory.”
Our Lord was deeply touched by Mary’s unselfish, thoughtful, heartfelt, sacrificial expression of devotion and profound love. Mary’s faithful act is deemed as the utmost example of what God desires in believers.
(Pure spikenard oil costs the equivalent of an average 1st century`s A.D. laborer’s wages for an entire year)
It is a precious oil made from aromatic dried roots of the spikenard plant. It grows in the Himalaya Mountains of India.
The “Magi from the east” honored the child Messiah with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
The gospels recount that before His death, Jesus was offered myrrh mixed with wine, which He refused, and that after His death His body was treated with “a mixture of myrrh and aloes.”
Song of Songs 3:6 the writer refers to Jesus as “who is He coming in a pillar of smoke smelling of myrrh & frankincense?
Many have suggested that the gold, frankincense, and myrrh represent the three roles of Jesus respectively: King, Priest and Prophet.
Frankincense has come to be associated with Messiah’s role as our intercessor (the bowl of incense in Rev 5:8 is frankincense, representing the prayers of the saints), myrrh with His suffering and death.
2 Co. 2:14-16
FRAGRANCE OF MESSIAH:
The apostle Paul writes: “…thanks be to God, who in the Messiah, constantly leads us in a triumphal procession and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of what it means to know Him!
For to God we are the aroma of the Messiah, both among those being saved and among those being lost; to the latter, we are the smell of death leading only to more death; but to the former, we are the sweet smell of life leading to more life.”
Why and when to use Biblical Fragrant perfume and oils today:
*As an act of dedication, a setting apart for a special purpose in God’s kingdom.
People, houses, structures, articles of worship and clothing can be anointed as a sign of consecration to God. Consider anointing yourself every morning, praying Scriptures over your mind, heart, ears, eyes, hands and feet. It WILL change your day!!
*As the Priests of the home, husbands are encouraged to anoint their wives and children for consecration, protection, peace, pronouncing a blessing upon them as did the Fathers of Old!!
*As a preparation to bible study, devotional time, fasting, and praise and worship
*In times of sickness, fear, anxiety, oppression of the enemy, end of mourning, ALSO in foot-washing ceremonies
* As bath oil—the olive oil is great
for your skin and the fragrance is divine!
BIBLICAL FRAGRANCES AND THEIR SPIRITUAL SIGNIFICANCE
Frankincense: used on the Altar of Incense in temple times, one of the 3 gifts brought to Messiah (intercession) Song of Songs 3:6, Isaiah 53:5,
Myrrh: Queen Esther bathed in oil of myrrh for six months before her presentation to the King (purification, dying to self, and preparation for the KING) Esther 2:12, Song of Songs 1:13
Cedars of Lebanon: fragrant wood used to build Temple and also to anoint a restored leper’s house (strength, permanence, restoration) Psalm 92:12
Pomegranate: highly prized fruit from ancient times, its motif was used to decorate the temple and was embroidered on high priest’s garment (fruitfulness, abundance, blessings, favor of God) Numbers 13:23
Spikenard: fragrant oil used by Mary to anoint head & feet of Jesus (intimacy, extravagant worship) John 12:2-3
Rose of Sharon: flower depicting the beloved Song of Songs 2:1
spice of the Holy Anointing Oil used to anoint priests, kings and their
garments. The Messiah’s robes will smell of cassia (humility, being stripped of
pride, set apart or holy with a servant’s heart) Psalm 45:8
Cinnamon: Sweet Cinnamon is one of the four aromatic ingredients of the Holy Anointing Oil described in Ex. 30:23.