Today I want to explore the spices of
burials and those that we’ve loved and have lost. Something that we’ve all
experienced and 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, lavishness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance,
emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness revellings, and such of 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 kodesh showing
us all the things that we need to do to make ourselves ready for his returning.
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 3:10-11 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 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 Yeshua did the Lord’s bride can now share in his
victory over sin and the world and the flesh. 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 altar of
incense continues to be burped for Yahweh in the throne room of God in
heaven. Isn’t that good? Psalm 45:8 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 that 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 samething 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 going to 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 1:8-9 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 sins being 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. By the way, it still is today and 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 into 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’s sister’s name was Bitter. After the sow 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 affair 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 year 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 and 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 teaching 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.