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by Wayne Blank
"Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart"
The perfume used for worship at the Tabernacle and Temple was a specific blend of spices and frankincense that was to be used for no other purpose.
"And The Lord [see YHVH, Adonai, Jehovah, LORD] said unto Moses [see also The Education Of Moses], Take unto thee sweet spices, stacte, and onycha, and galbanum; these sweet spices with pure frankincense: of each shall there be a like weight: And thou shalt make it a perfume, a confection after the art of the apothecary, tempered together, pure and holy: And thou shalt beat some of it very small, and put of it before the testimony in the tabernacle of the congregation, where I will meet with thee: it shall be unto you most holy."
The connection to perfume (the "fume" of perfume) and smoke is plainly stated in the Scriptures:
"Who is this that cometh out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all powders of the merchant?" (Song of Solomon 3:6 KJV)
Other non-smoke "perfumes" were known and used however:
"Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart." (Proverbs 27:9 KJV)
The perfume use of myrrh and aloes as stated above can also be found in the preparation of Christ's body for burial.
"And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight."