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"Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord;" -James 5:14
Cassia Anointing Oil
Cassia was one of the principal spices of the Holy Anointing oil used to anoint priests, kings and their garments. Likewise, the coming King Messiah's robes will smell of cassia. Cassia is not frequently used today but was apparently a highly valued commodity in biblical times.Psalm 45:8 "Your robes are all fragrant with myrrh, aloes and cassia..."
Cedars Anointing Oil
The cedar of Lebanon is a huge evergreen tree by Middle Eastern standards, reaching 90 feet in height, the “King" of all biblical trees. Cedars of Lebanon is the strong, fragrant wood used to build David's house, Solomon's house & much of the First Temple. It speaks of strength, permanence, wholeness & restoration. Ps 92:12 "The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon."
Frankincense & Myrrh Anointing Oil
In temple days, sweet incense containing Frankincense was placed on the Inner Altar of the Tabernacle. Myrrh, used as a burial spice and in purification rites, was a primary ingredient of the Holy Anointing Oil. Frankincense & Myrrh, two of the three prophetic gifts given to the Messiah at His birth, represent His role as Priest and Prophet, signifying all that Messiah would do and continues to do on our behalf. Is 53:5 & Heb 7:24-26.
Henna Anointing Oil
The mention of the alluring fragrance of Henna is quite appropriately found in the beautiful love song of the Bible, Song of Songs 1:14. It is a smell you can fall in love with instantly. The root word for henna is derived from an Arabic word meaning emotional tenderness. Psalm 51:17 "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise."
Hyssop Anointing Oil
Hyssop was once called a "Holy Herb" because it was used for sprinkling in the ritual practices of the Hebrews in Ex 12:22. Because of the reference found in Num. 19:6, we have called this fragrance “HOLY FIRE." Hyssop speaks of spiritual cleansing by the refining fire of the Holy Spirit and can best be described as a "fresh, clean-smelling" aroma. Ps 51:7 “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”
Ketubah Anointing Oil
A Ketubah is the Hebrew word meaning "It is written" and the name given to marriage contracts. After the Exodus, Moses presented the children of Israel with the covenant, the Ten Commandments. Ketubah is a special aromatic blending of certain biblical fragrances representing the participants in the holy covenant of marriage: Frankincense & Myrrh: fragrances of the Groom, Spikenard: fragrance of the Bride, Hyssop (Holy Fire): fragrance of the Holy Spirit.
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