Genesis 43:11 And their father Israel said to them, “If it must be so, then do this: Take some of the best fruits of the land in your vessels and carry down a present for the man—a little balm and a little honey, spices and myrrh, pistachio nuts and almonds.
INSIGHT -In Hebrew, myrrh is written as mor & currently used as perfume, ingredient for holy anointing oil, in purification ritual, component in manufacturer of medicine used for treating ulcers, colds, cough, asthma, lung problems, arthritis, menopause, dysmenorrhoea, uterine tumor, skin ailments, cancer etc. -There was famine in Canaan when Israel gave the best fruits, myrrh & other items to his sons as presents for Joseph his son (governor in Egypt). This was partly to pacify Joseph to release Simeon one of his sons who was exiled in Egypt (Prov 21:14).
-Josephs’ were preservers of the body; ie. Joseph preserved his family from dying of hunger(esp Judah who was in the lineage of Jesus) & Joseph of Arimathea preserved the body of Christ after His death.
PRAYER: Lord our Father, we thank You for beginning yet another week. We surrender our lives to You asking You to preserve our whole being from anything that could cause us pain. We count on You for provision & direction in our lives, families, country & the whole world. Amen
Exodus 30:23-25 “Also take for yourself quality spices—five hundred shekels of liquid myrrh, half as much sweet-smelling cinnamon (two hundred and fifty shekels), two hundred and fifty shekels of sweet-smelling cane, five hundred shekels of cassia, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, and a hin of olive oil. And you shall make from these a holy anointing oil, an ointment compounded according to the art of the perfumer. It shall be a holy anointing oil.
INSIGHT -God gave Moses instructions of how to make anointing oil which was to be used for anointing the tabernacle of meeting, ark of Testimony, altar of incense, altar of burnt offering, lamp stand & their utensils, the laver, Aaron & his sons who were to serve as priests. -In 1 Kings 1:39, King Solomon was anointed by this oil. The anointing oil was used as an act of consecration to holiness.
PRAYER: Become fragrant with love, peace & joy in our homes; Jesus. Consecrate our religious & political leaders with the spirit of true leadership. May Your merciful love envelop us with purity of heart, soul & mind as we seek Your face now & forever. Amen
Esther 2:12 Each young woman’s turn came to go in to King Ahasuerus after she had completed twelve months’ preparation, according to the regulations for the women, for thus were the days of their preparation apportioned: six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with perfumes and preparations for beautifying women.
INSIGHT -Esther & other women were in the palace for atleast an year in preparation to be married to king Ahasuerus. The first 6 months they applied oil of myrrh for skin purification, cleansing & strengthening the body. The other 6 months applied perfumes. Esther found favour before the Lord & was chosen by the king for marriage.
-In 1 Pet 3:21, There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
PRAYER: Thank You Father, for the love of Your bride, the church for death & resurrection so that we may be cleansed of all our sins. Baptise us with Your fire Holy Spirit & kindle our love for You & our neighbour. Amen
Matthew 2:11 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
INSIGHT -The wisemen presented 3 gifts to Jesus of gold which represented Kingship, frankincense – Divinity & myrrh – Priesthood/His sufferings. The gifts also expressed His divine & human natures.
PRAYER: We praise & glorify You; O Lord Jesus for all Your beautiful works & divine nature. You are the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, the great I Am & the great High Priest. We thank You for everything You have done & continue doing unto us. Amen
John 19:39-40 And Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds. Then they took the body of Jesus, and bound it in strips of linen with the spices, as the custom of the Jews is to bury.
INSIGHT -Myrrh was useful for purification ritual, making holy anointing oil, perfumes & medicine/ used for anointing the tabanacle, altars, utensils & priests/ represented Jesus’ priesthood & suffering/ was used in burial rites according to the Jewish customs. -Jesus’ beginning & end was an affirmation of priesthood as myrrh was involved. He was born of a virgin & buried in a virgin tomb. Nicodemus’ belief system (faith) in God was increased after asking Jesus how can he be born again in John 3. Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word (Eph 5:25-26).
PRAYER: Cleanse us from all our iniquities & purify our hearts from all evil; Father our High Priest. Increase our faith in God & may Your Word become manifest in our lives as we walk according to Your instructions. Amen
Our Father who at in heaven, hallow be thy name….
Please meditate on the theme; Myrrh