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August 23, 2022 8:00 am
Song of Songs 4:14 Spikenard and saffron; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices:
What all was in that costly spikenard that Mary anointed Jesus with? Listen for the amazing ingrediants
This is the Truth Network treasurers of the song of songs, which is so they we get to look at the known verse of the fourth chapter of the 14th chapter of the song of Solomon and I'll gladly that in English is full of surprises, that's for sure. So last episode we had talked about that the plants are the 13 verse I plans are an orchard of pomegranates and pleasant fruits campfire and spikenard. Well, as I talked about that spikenard was a plural word and now it appears that he's going to give us what all is involved in those plural spikenard's in my opinion anyway.
It says spikenard and saffron calamus and cinnamon. With all the trees of frankincense and myrrh and aloes with all the chief spices. So in that list.
In my opinion of the spikenard and the reason I say that is that the term spikenard with kind of Houston plural at the end of the last verse and then this one begins the works word spikenard and as we talked about that you know that was what Mary used to anoint Jesus's feet with the way that she point out that you know that was certainly one of the anointing surprised, but then also it was used another time in the in the anointing of Jesus.
And so when you look at that word in Hebrew. It is, it starts with the letter. None in the letter, none is What this verse is about and it has to do with faith and and since it's not hard if you can hear you can hear the sounds of it, it's the end Bernard you know that the beginning of the word and then arrange and then a doll it and so it's like the headwaters of love or faith's love is kind of what it is and so when we think about the church and how it anoints Christ and here we get in fermata I am saying is listed itemized list of what all is involved in that. And so the first one is mentioned after spikenard. As we talked about spikenard last time is this saffron which saffron in Hebrew is a hoof and then erase and then another hoof animism so the idea of that is this tremendous thirst and desire. Okay, I must talk about the Hebrew word give you an idea that lousy got the headwaters of you know, our faith's love and then here comes this tremendous thirst because it's a that hoof is this idea of desire, and then that the ration is a is the head again and so it when they replaced when they repeat the hoof you have this Ruth Haley in a strong desire and and then the Mem at the end being for Christ right man being the Messiah. And so you see that here comes this thirst after this fresh headwaters and then calamus has the one of the letters that we really are looking for in this as we been studying what are the who can write the they hit Cliff and so the word calamus begins with a cough and then it has unknowns. So here we have this idea went when we think of the cliff of being as close as possible to know the Lord and and so when it's cooked. None expressed the nets is close to our faith as we can possibly be. In that idea calamus and so you can see here we got this. First, we have this desire to be close in a way that it fits very much in the what would Skinner be the spices or what. What gives off a wonderful smell of the Church of Christ. So then after the saffron in the calamus we have cinnamon and what a neat word that is in Hebrew, and it's very similar.
Again, the calamus in that it has.
It starts with the cuff and a none but then it as a member like like the end of saffron, but then it that puts in another vav and another none so there's two nuns in cinnamon and fat.
You can hear it in the actual English word sin. The men right you can hear the two ends in the M and it's actually in Hebrew. It gets kinda like that, only with the with the beginning of it, starting with that letter hoof, which again is this idea of this proximity to our faith to Christ and the faith and it's it's repeated twice thereto just to give you this idea of how much this is the none verse and so when you look at the letter none in the hundred 19 Psalm you can help and note that thy word is a lamp unto our feet right and it's talking about Christ is being a lamp and when you think about is our faith is increased, then all these things are shining the light and and that's what the church is doing as we get married to Christ under the Hooper is all about the life and you know the extension of the light and then interestingly it takes that group of of spices in the next group of spices are trees.
While the word tree is retarded that many times 119 Psalm and in in the song of Solomon. The idea of tree is this yoked to righteousness right because it's a it's a IN and a Saturday so just as Jesus was, you know, yoked to a tree to become righteous and just as all the that the different arcs were made of wood and all the sacrifices were in a burnt out bait using word and all that so that you would is just very much connected to the idea of making things right and so the next group of verses.
I mean the next roof of spices have to do with making thing right things right. And here we see our old friends.
Frankincense and myrrh, which when you think about those are both spices that come from trees and that frankincense as we talked about semi times have to do just like Lebanon. It's got that that lawman and it has a bet. So you can hear that at lab sound which means heart and then and then once again you can see the nuns that are in this first and that idea of a wide heart right because when you put lawman bet none.
That means white and so you know this White Hart expressed is what the word frankincense is in Hebrew and and it's fascinating to me that's you so much there. It's a female or feminine noun, and once again you know very much connected with Christ when you think about the gifts that were given by the Magi and it was also used in the prayers and so is not cool. I mean, when you think about it that when Jesus describes the spices of what the church gives off its giving off this this same idea of Lebanon, just like we talked about the garments would smell that way and then the word murder. Again, an old friend that we talked about many times in this book the song of Solomon and in so many different ways but and it is the root word of the word Mary which has to do with from my standpoint spikenard. Once again we see this connection to Mary in the murder and murder again being one of the chief spices that was used at the tabernacle, which is where we go with the word aloes, which is the third spice under the tree section right and so that word aloe in Hebrew is the root word of the word tabernacle place where we meet with the father right. As a result of having all this out when you put all those together, especially with the idea of head spices you know the idea of spices that were used in for so many different reasons in and about the tent of meeting, which even itself has to do with murder because it comes to Mount Moriah, and so is it interesting that we see all these things that Jesus is pointing out about his church that these different spices that when you attend a real God-fearing loving church and they really are a community, you can't help but see these things and smell these things which you dozens the district sounds delightful right frankincense murder cinnamon aloes you know you put all those together and you get the idea that this this is gonna smell wonderful and so the idea that this is a cleansing and making things right of the tent of meeting, or the place of the church comes together only makes sense right because there you go with aloes.
It is the root word of the word tabernacle if like this absolutely spectacular and then as I was thinking about this. What is his look like practically right well it looks like love right because this is what Mary did. She anointed Jesus with the spikenard which again is extensive. All the spices in my opinion, out of pure love and then love for one another. So when you're in a church that fold with a love for one another. You can't help but smell this and it is a place like when we attended church yesterday, which we did at the West Asheboro Baptist Church in Asheville and Asheboro West Asheboro Baptist Church in Asheboro which I often get a chance to speak at but yesterday we just attended the service and the end of the service. They have a young lady there by the name of Julia hope and pray for. She struggling with cancer and she was in a wheelchair and very you know, run down and and struggling very thin and so we anointed her and and with oil and prayed and laid hands on her at the end of the service and I wish you could've been there because it was just if it's something smell like all this right that she was being anointed. You get the idea of you know spikenard to the so many different ways.
She was being anointed and prayed over in love and as we got the car my wife said boy and the one thing is when you come here, you always feel like you been to church because of the smell. When they truly love one another.
There truly praying for each other.
There truly walking with each other and and that smell that comes from a community of that believers in what I in I feel like and I'm so lucky that I feel bad I feel that smell.
I feel that anointing like when I'm around bodies of believers both when I teach special needs or when I go to either peace church or this church in Asheboro or when I get the with my band of brothers or whether I'm doing devotions at Somerset or my Christian business men's committee. All these different areas and communities that I get a chance to hang out with like oh my gosh when they are at that point where there truly loving on one another. If you don't smell cinnamon and saffron in Kalamazoo allowed to tell you but what they're doing when they're doing that is literally while the king is sitting in his table are spikenard send forth that smell you see that verse from the very first chapter, Jesus is making that come to life for you to say. He smells that he smells that through his marriage right because we were on the honeymoon. We been married and were in this chapter, which is essentially the marriage night and here he is smelling right that which happens when we truly love him and anoint him with our right.
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