As believers whether we want to admit it
or not most of us fear death even. With the comfort of knowing the promises of
heaven and the afterlife in the Holy Scriptures. Death remains a great mystery
something which every religion and philosophy has wrestled with since the
beginning of time. Death is a natural part of our existence yet our culture
tends to view death as a taboo subject. On today’s program rather than viewing
death is something feared that must be conquered by modern medicine, I want to
introduce you to a new way to embrace those final few hours with your lost
loved one using essentials in preparing their bodies for burial. For myself and
many others we are now rediscovering not a new way but an old way to cross over
that draws upon their faith and commitment to who we are and to the
creation called the green burial. You’re not going to want to miss, this stay
tuned for more on Rebecca at the Well. In this program we’ll be exploring the
healing oils of ancient Scripture, along with their powerful healing constituents. Time is something we all have and yet
it’s limited. So today I want to explore the spices of burials and those
that we’ve loved and have lost something that we’ve all experienced. One of
those spices used in ancient times for burials was Myrrh. Myrrh was used for
centuries as an ingredient for embalming the dead. But we read about preparation
with Myrrh in the scriptures, in fact in Easter 2:12 the Bible describes Easter’s
preparation for becoming a queen which involved six months of oil of Myrrh., a
spice that was used for burial, as I said. Now you’re probably thinking how does
that have anything to do with burials she was preparing as a queen. But see
this custom of using Myrrh was something that we can see there’s a revelation in
the scriptures of. There was a similar custom described in the Song of Solomon
revealing another tradition concerning the use of Myrrh. In the Song of Solomon
1:13 the bride responds to her king and says a bundle of myrrh is my
well-beloved unto me he shall lie all night betwixt my breasts. You see this
reflects a popular custom of laying a bundle of myrrh on one’s chest while
sleeping, as a beauty treatment in preparation for a wedding. Both of
these examples in the word teach us that this first step of becoming the Bride of
Christ is to spiritually put to death the flesh. Most believers know from
experience that the works of the flesh are the first issues that God’s going to
deal with when they come to know Yeshua as their Savior. The Scriptures list
those works in Galatians 5:19 through 21 and it reads now the works of the flesh
are manifest which are these adultery, fornication, uncleanness,
lavishesness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath,
strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, such a
like we should have nothing to do with these right of which I tell you as I’ve
also told you in the past that they which do such things shall not inherit
the kingdom of God. You see Esther didn’t do it alone, the
Scriptures tells us that she had the Kings unit Haggai to guide her and how
to prepare. Just like us as believers we have the guidance of the
Holy Spirit the ruach ha’qodesh, showing us all the things that we need
to do to make ourselves ready for his return. Keep in mind it says that we make
ourselves ready not him. So in the same way that Esther prepared the Spirit is
guiding us with the oil of Myrrh which represents the Fellowship of his
sufferings being conformed unto his death. In Philippians 3:10 and 11 it
reads that I may know him and the power of his resurrection and the Fellowship
of his sufferings , we don’t want to remember that part, do we? We always want to throw that off. Being conformed unto his death if by any means I might attain
unto the resurrection of the Dead. You see because of what you Yeshua did the
Lord’s bride can now share in his victory over sin and the world and the
flesh and so the scriptures are telling us that we have to rejoice when the
trials come. We’re supposed to be willing and participating in this as we die to
the flesh. Colossians 1:24 says who now rejoice in my sufferings for you and
fill up that which is behind on the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for my
body’s sake we are the body of Christ isn’t that right? Which is the church it
says. so the Bible is assuring the believer that when the Messiah returns
for his bride we will actually smell his coming because his garments have been
soaked in these fragrances in the midst of the throne room. Revelation 8, 3 and 4
tells us that the original alter of incense continues to be birthed
before Yahweh in the throne room of God in heaven. isn’t that good? Psalm 45 verse
8 describes Yeshua’s garments, it says all thy garments smell of Myrrh and
aloes and cassia out of the ivory palaces whereby they have made thee glad. So these spices are something you should become familiar with because they are a
picture a prophetic charade, if you will, they emit in our lives when we clothe
ourselves in these righteous acts and deeds as the Bride of Christ and when we
spend time with Him. Have you ever held somebody or give somebody a hug and they have on you know maybe a perfume or cologne and when you walk away from them you still smell that scent on you from them. It’s the same thing when you’re in
the presence of God when you spend time with your bridegroom Yeshua and you are
embracing him and spending time praying with them. You are gonna have that
fragrance on you when you go out into the world people are going to recognize
it they’re going to begin to say something’s different about you there is
something in your presence in your life that’s different from everybody else. In
Hebrews 1, 8 and 9 it affirms us that this Psalm is referring to the marriage
of Yeshua. Now I want to go back and look at what happened to Yeshua on the
cross because this is something that we all need to really appreciate and
understand. The bundle of Myrrh that I’m holding in my hand, here really does
symbolize the what Yeshua did for us on Calvary. Because during the Messiah’s
final agonizing hours in the Garden of Gethsemane. The weight of the world was crushing him the sensibly and placed upon him and he it says that he sweat
great drops of blood and so his sufferings can really could be compared
to Myrrh. This is a highly prized spice that was used in perfumes and incense
and by the way it still is today. It was extracted from the tree by piercing
the tree they would actually just stab the tree at the heart wood. Allowing this gum to trickle out into hardened into these bitter aromatic
tears these droplets. So the Hebrew word former is more which means the silt
and it comes from the root word Mara which means bitterness. Remember Moses’ sister’s name, Bitter? After the Savior’s crucifixion it says that his
body was taken away and prepared with the Myrrh and so – we as a member of the
body of Christ are to be made worthy with the burial of our sins at the cross.
We must die to that old life that’s the first step in preparing for being the
bride of Messiah. Because we see Esther had that second six months that she
prepared after they were able to beautify her with all the perfumes and
the preparations and things that went on. But that first six months was spent just
getting her to that place as a picture of dying to the flesh. Yeshua told
his disciples in Matthew 16:24 and 25 it says if any man will come after me
let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me for whosoever will
save his life shall lose it. For whosoever will lose his life for my sake
shall find it you see we’re joint heirs with the Messiah. We’re his bride and we are to share in his afflictions I know that’s not
popular teach and nobody wants to suffer. but it’s true, it says so in the
scriptures in 2nd Corinthians 1:5 it says so that she can be triumphant
through the bitterness of suffering. You see we’re not going to be triumphant
unless we suffer, believers we are told to rejoice with this this is something
we’re supposed to celebrate. Right? That in Colossians 1:24 it says who now
rejoice in my sufferings for you and fill up that which is behind of the
afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body sake. Remember every time you
read about his body you’re reading about yourself. Myrrh is a fixing oil, it’s a servant oil, this is what it’s known as an
apothecary. We use myrrh to enhance the fragrance of all the other oils and to
make them last longer. isn’t that something, isn’t that just like Yeshua? He
is a servant and he desires to lift us up and to enhance us with beautiful
things. In the word in the Hebrew Morra we talked about Myrrh being a picture of
that gum resin that that tears it comes off it’s a sacred gum it’s a sacred
fragrance.