30: 7-8, 34-38
Exodus 37: 29
Verse 34 :
incense of sweet spices consisted of :
- Stacte ( Gum Resin )
- Pure Frankincense ( white )
( Myrrh/gum resin )
The literal meaning
of this word in Greek is “ Oozing “. It is highly perfurmed
gum resin that exudes from the incised bark. The gum oozes from
the tree like tears. In Hebrews , it means “ bitter “.
It is a fact that myrrh tastes bitter. It stanches/staunches and
is used as a stimulant. Myrrh is a costly aromatic gum resin .
Genesis 37 : 25 Expensive merchandise
Matthew 2 : 11 A Precious gift
It refers to the precious
blood of Christ, flowing from HIS wounds. HIS Blood that washed
out sins away was the result of HIS bitter suffering.
It was the price
HE paid for our redemption and sanctification, exuding a pleasing
aroma to the Lord. HIS precious blood gives us the power to stop
doing sin and takes away the suffering and sorrow it brings.
I Peter 1 : 18-19 HIS Blood is precious .
Our redemption is
very costly, because it was not with corruptible things such as
silver and gold that we were redeemed but with the precious blood
The sacrifice Christ
made for us must be the foundation of our worship to God.
It is the shell
of a certain mussel which when burnt, it emits a sweet-smelling
It is also used as a medicine.
It was made and used as follows
- Beaten or ground to powder (
verse 36 )
- Burned, so that
- It emitted a sweet-smelling odor
It refers to Christ,
smitten and consumed by the fire of God’s wrath, a fragrant
offering and sacrifice to God ( Ephesians 5 : 1-2
We must have contact
or fellowship with Christ who has undergone such a suffering in
our prayer, so that we can behold and worship HIM ,and this offer,
a sacrifice that is holy and acceptable to God ( Romans
12 : 1-2 ).
This works as a medicine
against egoism ( selfishness ) and the old nature that yields to
A bitter, aromatic
gum resin extracted from an Asiatic plant Ferula galbaniflua, or
any several related plants, used in incense and medicinally as a
remedy ( The Heritage Illustrated Dictionary of the English Languange
Galbanum refers to
- Bitter to the flesh
- Sweet smelling/fragrant for
- Nourishing ( healthy ) for the
The original word
means “ white”. White Frankincense is the best .
It was used in incense burned
during an offering and in perfume.
The sweet spices
speak of Christ in HIS complete surrender, smitten and consumed
( by HIS suffering ), exuding pleasing aroma of pure and precious
incense to the Lord.
Worship is an intense
fellowship in prayer with Christ who had suffered for us, so that
we are completely absorbed and overwhelmed by HIS image and HIS
A perfume, tempered
together ( seasoned with salt ), pure and holy, refers to true worship,
energizing, and pleasing our spiritual life. It counteracts sin
and purifies our spiritual life both inwardly and outwardly.
Exodus 30 : 7-8 burning sweet incense every morning
Sweet incense was
burned every morning and evening and it kept burning all day long,
and all night long. Similarly, we must pray to God without ceasing,
not only individually as a child of God, but also collectively as
the Church of God.
Exodus 30 : 9a offer no strange incense.
It was forbidden
to offer strange fire or strange incense. We must pray in Spirit
and in Truth.
John 4 : 23
Isaiah 1 :
13 the perfume and incense of Babylon
Revelation 18 : 13
The following must
not be found in worship :
- The lust of the flesh
- Untruth ( lies, deceit, sin )
- Self esteem ( pride in oneself
- Self confidence ( confidence
in oneself or one’s abilities )
- Tradition and customs
- The devil’s fire
Worship is prayer
that is pure and is the results of sanctification that is solely
directed to God ( Revelation 19 : 10 – Worship
No burnt offerings,
meal offerings, or drink offerings means no legalistic ordinances
, for nothing kills prayer life faster !
There must be freedom
in prayer. The Holy Spirit must have the opportunity to do HIS work
. Prayer should not be a must, nor should it be a duty, but prayer
should be voluntary worship.