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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)

"7:17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon." (Proverbs 7:17 KJV)

"3:6 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)

"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).

The Holy Scriptures

"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.

2:3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 2:4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes [see Why Did The Lawyers Hate The Messiah?] of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. 2:5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

2:6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel [see Moriah: Separating The Wheat From The Chaff and Anti-Zion Is Anti-Christ].

2:7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. 2:8 And he sent them to Bethlehem [see Why Bethlehem, Egypt, Nazareth And Capernaum?], and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.

2:9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. 2:10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. 2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh." (Matthew 2:1-11 KJV)

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.

15:25 And it was the third hour [i.e. about 9:00 am - Hours Of The Day] see , and they crucified him. 15:26 And the superscription of his accusation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS. 15:27 And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left. 15:28 And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors. 15:29 And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, 15:30 Save thyself, and come down from the cross [see Crossing The T].

15:31 Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save. 15:32 Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him.

15:33 And when the sixth hour [i.e. noon] was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour [i.e. 3:00 pm]. 15:34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? [see Eloi, Eloi, Lama Sabachthani?]

15:35 And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, said, Behold, he calleth Elias [i.e. Elijah - see also The Prophets: Elijah].

15:36 And one ran and filled a sponge full of Vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink, saying, Let alone; let us see whether Elias will come to take him down.

15:37 And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost [see Giving Up The Ghost]." (Mark 15:22-37 KJV)

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?
See Worthy Is The Lamb

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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.


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