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Wednesday, May 11 2011
Myrrh For The Messiah
Myrrh is an aromatic resin that has been used as an ingredient in oils, ointments, perfumes and incense since very ancient times. The LORD (see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM') commanded Moses to include myrrh in the "holy anointing oil."
"30:22 Moreover the LORD spake unto Moses [see The Prophets: Moses; also The Trysting Tent], saying, 30:23 Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even two hundred and fifty shekels, and of sweet calamus two hundred and fifty shekels, 30:24 And of cassia five hundred shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of oil olive an hin: 30:25 And thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil. 30:26 And thou shalt anoint the tabernacle of the congregation therewith, and the ark of the testimony, 30:27 And the table and all his vessels, and the candlestick and his vessels, and the altar of incense, 30:28 And the altar of burnt offering with all his vessels, and the laver and his foot. 30:29 And thou shalt sanctify them, that they may be most holy: whatsoever toucheth them shall be holy." (Exodus 30:22 KJV)
"Oil of myrrh" was also used for common purposes, such as perfume.
"45:8 All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad." (Psalm 45:8 KJV)
"They presented unto Him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh"
Myrrh was involved in the events of the birth, crucifixion and burial of Jesus Christ. Myrrh was one of the three gifts brought by the "wise men" to the newborn Messiah (although a man-made tradition began that there were three wise men, the Holy Bible doesn't record how many there were - only that three kinds of gifts were presented by them).
"2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king [see The Herods], behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2:2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
It was sometimes the practice of the Romans (see Ancient Empires - Rome) to give condemned people a stupefying concoction of "wine mingled with myrrh" - the Messiah refused it.
"15:22 And they bring him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull. 15:23 And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not. 15:24 And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take.
Due to its aromatic qualities (i.e. the reason that it was a major ingredient in perfume), myrrh was included within the linen that the dead were wrapped in (note that His Body was "wound" in linen - there was no single-sheet "shroud").
"19:38 And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus. 19:39 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. 19:40 Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. 19:41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. 19:42 There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews' preparation day [see Why Observe The True Sabbath?]; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand." (John 19:38-42 KJV)
Fact Finder: What is the Messiah, the "Anointed One," going to do next?
This Day In History, May 11
330: Constantinople became the new capital of the Roman Empire. Named after the Emperor Constantine (listen to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy), it was built over the ancient city of Byzantium.
1573: Henry of Anjou became the first elected king of Poland.
1647: Peter Stuyvesant arrived in New Amsterdam (today known as New York City) to become governor.
1690: In the first major engagement of King William's War, British troops from Massachusetts in "New England" seized Port Royal in Acadia (Nova Scotia and New Brunswick) from the French, with the objective of taking "New France" (i.e. most of what later became eastern Canada).
1745: The Battle of Fontenoy in Belgium. The French under Maurice de Saxe fought the British and allies under the duke of Cumberland during The War of The Spanish Succession.
1792: The Columbia River was "discovered" (the Indians already knew it for centuries) by Captain Robert Gray.
1812: British Prime Inter Spencer Perceval was shot by a bankrupt banker in the lobby of the House of Commons.
1866: Confederate President Jefferson Davis was released after spending two years in prison for his role in the U.S. Civil War.
1871: In the Swan Hotel at Frankfurt-am-Main, German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck signed the agreement transferring all of Alsace and much of Lorraine from France to Germany.
1885: The final and bloodiest battle of the Riel Rebellion in Canada. General Frederick Middleton defeated the Metis rebels at the Battle of Batoche in Saskatchewan.
1916: Albert Einstein's Theory of General Relativity was published.
1949: Israel was admitted to the United Nations as the 59th member.
1960: Israeli agents captured Nazi fugitive Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires and returned him to Israel for trial. He was found guilty and executed.
1998: France became the first EU country to produce the new European currency when its mint struck the first Euro coins.