Archive for September, 2010

Mor-iah: The Place of Myrrh

September 28, 2010

I WILL lift up my eyes to the hills [around Jerusalem, to sacred Mount Zion and Mount Moriah]–From whence shall my help come? -Ps 121:1

I will lift up my eyes to where the LORD is enthroned
… to where the LORD dwells -Ps 132:13-14; Ps 9:11

… to the hills -Song 4:6
… the mountain of Mor – myrrh, the hill of frankincense

For in the mount of the LORD it will be provided{seen} -Gen 22:2,14

To You I lift up{marry} my eyes, O You who are enthroned in the heavens! Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters; As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress; So our eyes look to the LORD our God, until He has mercy on us. -Ps 123:1-2

The Lover to His Beloved:
You who dwell in the gardens with friends in attendance, let Me hear your voice! -Song 8:13

O My dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the cliff(stairs), let Me see your face, let Me hear your voice; For your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely. -Song 2;14

The Beloved to Her Lover:
Make haste, my beloved, and be like a gazelle or a young stag on the mountains of spices. -Song 8:14

He who answered Abraham our father on Mount Moriah, He shall answer you, and hear the voice of your cry this day.

Why is it called Moriah? Because of the good Mor (=myrrh) that is there.

Moriah: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moriah
Myrrh: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myrrh

The Lover to His Beloved:
Until the day breaks and the shadows flee, I will go to the mountain of
myrrh and to the hill of incense. -Song 4:6

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Related:
Lift Up Your Eyes
Until the Day Breaks

Upon the Mountain of Spices

September 26, 2010

Song 4:6 Until the day breaks and the shadows flee away, I will go my way to the mountain of myrrh and to the hill of frankincense.

The hill of frankincense is Calvary, where, “through the eternal Spirit He offered Himself”{a fragrant offering (Eph 5:2)}; the mountain of myrrh is His embalmment & burial in the garden(Jn 19:39-42) till the resurrection “daybreak.” (Jameison-Fausset-Brown)

a woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil{usually made from myrrh}, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table . -Mt 26:7

Many commentaries think the mountain of myrrh – Heb mor, points to Mt Moriah- the place of myrrh(referring to the spices burnt as incense) where the temple was built(2 Chr 3:1) and where Abraham offered up his son Isaac, foreshadowing Christ’s sacrifice. (Matthew Henry, Wikipedia) Abraham called this place ‘The LORD Will Provide’. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided” (Gen 22:2,14).

Song 4:16 Awake, O north wind, and come, wind of the south; Make my garden breathe out fragrance, Let its spices be wafted abroad. May my beloved come into His garden and eat its choice fruits!

Song 6:2 My beloved is gone down into His garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies.

Song 8:14 Make haste, my beloved, and be like a gazelle or a young stag on the mountains of spices.

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Related:
Until the Day Breaks

The Fragrance of the Dove

September 22, 2010

The fragrance of the Dove

I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove …
………………… -Mt 3:16; Mk 1:10; Lk 3:22; Jn 1:32

The fragrance of love,
The fragrance of life,
The fragrance of Christ
The fragrance of sacrifice.

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. -Eph 5:1-2

But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him. For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. And who is adequate for these things? -2 Cor 2:14-15

The fragrance of peace, rest, tranquility

Then the dove came to him in the evening, and behold, a freshly plucked olive leaf was in her mouth; and Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earth. … Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. The LORD smelled the soothing{sweet savour} aroma; and the LORD said to Himself, “I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done. -Gen 8:11, 20-21

The fragrance of the fear of the Lord, righteousness

His delight(fragrance) is in the fear of the LORD, And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, Nor decide by the hearing of His ears; -Isa 11:3

The fragrance of incense
The fragrance of the oil of joy

Ointment and perfume delight the heart … -Prov 27:9

The Royal Wedding Procession
Who is this coming up from the desert like a column of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and incense made from all the spices of the merchant? -Song 3:6

The King’s Wedding Song
You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy. All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia; from palaces adorned with ivory the music of the strings makes you glad. -Ps 45:7-8

You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to You and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give You thanks for ever. -Ps 30:11-12

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favour and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of His splendor. …… I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. -Isa 61:1-3,10-11

The fragrance of His beloved, His dove

The fig tree has ripened its figs, and the vines in blossom have given forth their fragrance. Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, And come away! O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, In the secret places of the cliff, Let me see your face, Let me hear your voice; For your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely. -Song 2:13-14

Ephesians 5:1-2 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.

Romans 14:17-18 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men.

Romans 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.

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Word Study

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From NetBible Gen 8:21

smelled[07306]
perceive odour, accept with delight
From the root to breathe, blow
wind, breath, mind, spirit

sweet[05207]
soothing, quieting, tranquillising
From the root rest, resting place

savour[07381]
scent, fragrance, aroma, odour
odour of soothing (technical term for sacrifice to God)

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From NetBible Isa 11:3
1 tn The Hebrew text reads literally, “and his smelling is in the fear of the Lord.” In Amos 5:21 the Hiphil of רוּחַ(ruakh, “smell”) carries the nuance of “smell with delight, get pleasure from.” There the Lord declares that he does not “smell with delight” (i.e., get pleasure from) Israel’s religious assemblies, which probably stand by metonymy for the incense offered during these festivals. In Isa 11:3 there is no sacrificial context to suggest such a use, but it is possible that “the fear of the Lord” is likened to incense. This coming king will get the same kind of delight from obeying (fearing) the Lord, as a deity does in the incense offered by worshipers. Some regard such an explanation as strained in this context, and prefer to omit this line from the text as a virtual dittograph of the preceding statement.

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From NetBible Prov 27:9
ointment[08081]
often perfumed oil for anointing

Perfume[07004]
incense, smoke, odour of (burning) sacrifice
sweet smoke of sacrifice
From [06999]
to sacrifice, burn incense, burn sacrifices, make sacrifices smoke

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From NetBible Song 3:6
perfumed[06999]
to sacrifice, burn incense, burn sacrifices, make sacrifices smoke

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From NetBible Ps 45:7-8
oil[08081]
often perfumed oil for anointing

joy[08342]
gladness, exultation, rejoicing
From[07797]
to exult, display joy

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From Isa 61:1-3, 10-11
Spirit[07307]
From smelled[07306]
wind, breath, mind, spirit

oil[08081]
often perfumed oil for anointing

joy[08342]
gladness, exultation, rejoicing
From[07797]
to exult, display joy

greatly rejoice[07797]
to exult, display joy

joyful[01523]
to rejoice, exult, be glad
From root[346] to spin around, circle, leap, dance in joy

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From Ps 30:11-12
clothed[0247]
gird, encompass, equip

joy[08057]
mirth, gladness, gaiety, pleasure
From [08056], [08055]

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Related:
The Heart of a Dove

The Fragrance of Rest – Peace

September 13, 2010

Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

This morning I was feeling the Lord’s peace,
a peace beyond understanding,
a supernatural peace only given by the Lord,
a peace that descends as a dove
a peace that protects and guards
a beautiful peace that gives rest.

Genesis 8:11, 20-21 Then the dove came to him in the evening, and behold, a freshly plucked olive leaf was in her mouth; and Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earth. … Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. The LORD smelled the soothing aroma; and the LORD said to Himself, “I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done.

Noah’s offering – complete surrender and dedication to the Lord.
The Lord ‘smelled’ Noah’s offering and accepted it with delight.
The smell of Naoh’s sacrifice quieted God’s wrath and produced tranquility.

Amos 5:21 KJV I hate, I despise your feast days, And I will not smell in your sacred assemblies.

I had just been looking at the above verse yesterday and noticed that when the Lord rejects an offering He takes no delight in it and therefore does not release His scent, His fragrance or smell in the place where the offering is made. Putting this together with the above and Noah’s offering.
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The Lord not only smelled, accepted, delighted in Noah’s offering
— He was quieted,
— His wrath soothed and so He ‘smelled in’ this offering also.
He not only ‘inhaled’ the pleasing scent, He breathed it out.
The fragrance of rest
The fragrance of peace
The fragrance of the dove.
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From the NetBible Gen 8:20

Noah [05146] means rest
comes from the root word nuah [1323]

Footnote 1 sn Offered burnt offerings on the altar. F. D. Maurice includes a chapter on the sacrifice of Noah in The Doctrine of Sacrifice. The whole burnt offering, according to Leviticus 1, represented the worshiper’s complete surrender and dedication to the Lord. After the flood Noah could see that God was not only a God of wrath, but a God of redemption and restoration. The one who escaped the catastrophe could best express his gratitude and submission through sacrificial worship, acknowledging God as the sovereign of the universe.

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From NetBible Gen 8:21

sweet [05207] means soothing, quieting, tranquillising
Also comes from the root nuah [1323]

1 tn The Lord “smelled” (וַיָּרַחvayyarakh) a “soothing smell” (רֵיחַ הַנִּיהֹחַreakh hannihoakh). The object forms a cognate accusative with the verb. The language is anthropomorphic. The offering had a sweet aroma that pleased or soothed. The expression in Lev 1 signifies that God accepts the offering with pleasure, and in accepting the offering he accepts the worshiper.

Unless the Father Draws

September 10, 2010

John 6:44 AMP No one is able to come to Me unless the Father Who sent Me attracts and draws him and gives him the desire to come to Me, and [then] I will raise him up [from the dead] at the last day.

I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness{unfailing, faithful love}. -Jer 31:3

I drew them with gentle cords, with bands of love, And I was to them as those who take the yoke from their neck. I stooped and fed them. -Hos 11:4

Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth — For your love is better than wine. Because of the fragrance of your good ointments, Your name is ointment poured forth; Therefore the virgins love you.

Draw me after you and let us run together! The king has brought me into his chambers.”

“We will rejoice in you and be glad; We will extol your love more than wine. The upright love you.” –Song 1:2-4

John 12:32 And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.

From Netbible John 6:44; 12:32
draw: helkuo[1670]
to impel by a powerful impulse
The term here expresses the supernatural love of God of Christ which goes out to all(12:32) – but without which no one can come(6:44). The apparent contradiction shows that both the election and universality of grace must be taken seriously; the compulsion is not automatic.
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Heart Cry {Draw Me Away}
Longing Hearts
A Longing Heart Cry; An Answer{In My Eyes}
Fragrant Heart

Gifts of Grace

September 6, 2010

Romans 12:6-8 We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. 7If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.

1 Corinthians 12:31 But earnestly desire the greater gifts. And I show you a still more excellent way.

1 Peter 4:10 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.

It’s interesting that the word for gifts here is charisma.

From Netbible Rom 12:6; 1 Cor 12:31; 1 Peter 4:10

charisma gifts[5486]
1) a favor with which one receives without any merit of his own {due to the power of divine grace operating by the Holy Spirit}
2) the gift of divine grace

The gifts, received without any merit of one’s own, a sign of divine grace operating by the power of the Holy Spirit thru Jesus Christ – given to faithfully serve others.

Ephesians 4:7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

From Netbible Ephesians 4:7
charis grace[5485]
2a) of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtue

Gifts not to boast or rejoice about, not to be claimed as one’s own, but to serve faithfully, to grow up in all things into Him who is the head––Christ{ Eph 4:15} …

Luke 10:17-20 Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.”

And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”

1 Corinthians 1:31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.”
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Psalm 34:2-3 My soul will make its boast in the LORD; The humble will hear it and rejoice. O magnify the LORD with me, And let us exalt His name together.
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Related:
Sharpen Your Blade{prayer}

Son Light

September 2, 2010

2 Samuel 23:4 NIV He is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings the grass from the earth.

John 8:12 NIV When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Psalm 36:9 NIV For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light.

Malachi 4:2 NIV But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall.

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