When we speak about pure fragrance, what scent come to mind? Is it coffee, jasmine, rose, orange, pine? In my case, memories of spectacular red roses that give off a strong and sweet aroma from my mom’s garden during my teen years. God mentions aromatic plants after the creation of the Garden of Eden, which I think has a practical and spiritual significance. In the Garden of Eden “The gold of that land is exceptionally pure; aromatic resin and onyx stone are also found there. ” (Gen 2:12. NLT). Then in Exodus 30: 22-38 God gives specific instructions to Moses about the anointing oil and incense for worship. Reading the word, I understand that God has a preference for certain aromas since in several chapters of Exodus speaks of the offering that has pleasant aroma to him, detailing the preparation of the oil for anointing and sacred incense (the latter is only used when the priest is chosen in His presence).

What then would be the practical use of oil? I believe that God created plants for specific purposes, to feed, heal, for adornment, shelter us from the elements, tools for everyone in the world. God chose fragrant elements commonly used, with aromatic and medicinal properties to anoint the chosen by Him, that minister to His people. He also instructed in the special preparation of the incense of worship. Why did God bother? What is His plan? What is the use of oils today? In modern times we could say that we use them to moisturize our skin, dress the salad or cook a good steak, you may know some with medicinal properties.

Now, if God knows more than our intellectual capacity can understand, His plan includes specific instructions updated and customized. Our focus is limited to what we see, right? because if we do not see it, we forget it. So how do we connect this use of oils to anoint the chosen and worship the Lord in Moses’ time and our present?

What is the spiritual meaning? God was showing various ways of how to come close to Him (as a father would for a son who has wander away from the family). The accomplishment of His word is fulfilled in the life of Jesus, as He is the Anointed One who lived among us,  who knew our weaknesses and strengths, had compassion.  Jesus sealed the agreement of the new covenant between God and man. Resurrection allowed Him to dwell in us through the Holy Spirit. On the premise that only the Messiah-Jesus- can be in the presence of God,  in our own strength we are weak and sinful. At the moment we choose to believe that Jesus is the son of God who came to save us from sin for our sake, we become transformed … not right away … but as fragrant oil, as exquisite scent of incense that infuses every fiber of our being, and begins to spread into our immediate world. For if Christ lives in us in the person of the Holy Spirit, his pure and perfect aroma permeates our every sense and floods our spirit. Therefore we are anointed (chosen) and “For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing” (2 Cor 2:15. NIV).

Allow to be anointed with Jesus’ consecrated oil, open your heart, let the Holy Spirit to flood your mind and soul with God’s peace. Take pleasure in the joy of being a new creation of pleasant aroma to God, in Jesus’ name.