On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. (NIV) –Matthew 2:11
Have you ever pondered these gifts of the Magi? Gold we understand. Frankincense is a little more obscure, but we use it as incense in the Catholic Church, so it it is somewhat familiar to me. But myrrh? What is it, and why did the wise men present it to Jesus?
In the course of research over the past year, I’ve been blown away by the significance of the uses of substances like frankincense and myrrh in Biblical times. Myrrh was included in a holy anointing oil, the recipe for which was given to Moses from God. It is also the first and last oil mentioned in the Bible and the first and last oil offered to Jesus during his lifetime.
Each have specific health benefits and spiritual significance, and Mary and Joseph would have applied them to Jesus in his infancy.
My plan for Advent? I’ll be diffusing several different essential oils from the Bible, meditating on key passages of scripture that cite them, and reflecting on how that applies to my life.
Can you imagine smelling frankincense and myrrh, putting yourself in the scene with the infant Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and the Magi coming to worship? What a gift we have in God’s creation! He is so good to give us a means to draw near to Him by incorporating the sense of smell in our prayer.
Here’s an example:
- Frankincense was used to anoint the sons of kings. You are a child of the King of Kings. What significance does this have for you? As the birth of the King approaches, think on what your gift to Him will be.
- How will you make room for the King this Advent season?
Frankincense in particular is spiritually uplifting and aids in lifting hearts and minds in prayer. Adding the sense of smell by diffusing frankincense into the air or applying it directly to the skin to experience it in a tactile way are powerful tools for Advent worship!
Can you tell I’m excited?
When I jumped into the world of essential oils last summer, I immediately poured over the catalog to learn what is available. Seeing a kit called Twelve Oils of Ancient Scripture only made me fall in love with Young Living even more. That kit went to the top of my wishlist. I knew I wanted to teach from the kit someday.
Someday is here! I’m tickled to announce that I now offer free local and online classes on the Twelve Oils of Ancient Scripture. I am confident that it will impact many people for the better. I can’t wait to see lives touched and personal breakthrough happen as people incorporate these oils into their prayer. In fact, carve out the time to watch this video testimony about the impact of cypress.
I am itching to share all this goodness with you! Throughout December, I am booking these classes. You can take a peek at my Bible Oils page for sample verses. If you’d like to host a local class or Facebook class in December, a bottle of Cedarwood (think Cedars of Lebanon) is my gift to you! Just drop me a comment or email.
How are you preparing your heart during Advent?