“Because of the savour of they good ointments, thy name is as ointment poured forth” Song of Solomon 1:3
Merry Tuesday by Parris Bailey
“The word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory” it says in the book of John. Jesus became to us, as it were a savor of ointments poured forth. Christ is anointed as Prophet, Priest, and King, and in each of these anointings, He is a source of sweetness and fragrance to his people.When we think of him, we can say, the unfolding of his very name is as an alabaster box when it is opened, and the odor of the precious spikenard fills the room.” He becomes the great exchange, our smell for His, Hallelujah! He takes our filthy rags and gives us His divine nature.
Ointments are precious and costly and they carry a sweet odor. I Peter 2:7 says, “Unto you therefore that believe, he is precious” and “Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God, for a sweet smelling savor”.
Ointments are compounded of a variety of parts- “it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell.” Col.1:19 And in Ex.30:31, we are told there was nothing like it, “And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, This shall be an holy anointing oil unto me throughout your generations. Upon man’s flesh shall it not be poured, neither shall ye make any other like it, after the composition of it: it is holy, and it shall be holy unto you. Whosoever compoundeth any like it, or whosoever putteth any of it upon a stranger, shall even be cut off from his people.”
Ointments have healing properties- “There is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12 The spouse surveys all the attributes of Christ, and she compares them to separate and precious ointments. Like the widow’s pot of oil that flowed out into every vessel, so the presence of God touches everything that comes into our life, and we find that all things work together for good to us if we love God and fulfill His purpose.
The Spirit was the oil of gladness wherewith Christ was anointed. Heb.1:9. He has not used up his ointments or exhausted his name above all names. His fragrance can saturate every dank place that needs his presence. Lets welcome this fragrance into our lives. His properties take on and change everything it makes contact with. Matthew Henry says, “Wisdom, like oil, makes the face to shine; but the Redeemer outshines, in beauty, all others. And, because Christ is the darling of all the pure in heart, let Him be ours, and let our desires be towards Him and towards the kisses of his mouth.”