Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Art of the Perfumer

We should carefully consider how the perfumes or colognes that we wear can affect the movement ministry. A light, sweet scent may not be a noticeable distraction. Heavily doused skin or garments can cause an allergic reaction that we may not desire or expect. Each movement minister must know which direction to go in the area of fragrance selection.

It is better to smell sweet than to offend. The Scriptures refer to fragrances in the positive context as pleasant and sweet-smelling. One of the most remarkable acts of worship recorded in the Bible involve a woman and a costly offering of fragrant oil. The contents of her alabaster container were deemed extremely valuable.

The maidens in the Book of Esther were expected to come before the king scented fragrantly. King Solomon describes the love of his life as one who understood the importance of aroma. Perfuming ourselves is an indication of love, preparation, and worship. How much more thought should we put into the fragrance of our garments, skin, and worship instruments? Let's not go overboard. It's the thought that counts!

Exodus 30:25 (NKJV)
And you shall make from these a holy anointing oil, an ointment compounded according to the art of the perfumer. It shall be a holy anointing oil.

Esther 2:12 (NKJV)
Each young woman’s turn came to go in to King Ahasuerus after she had completed twelve months’ preparation, according to the regulations for the women, for thus were the days of their preparation apportioned: six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with perfumes and preparations for beautifying women.

Proverbs 27:9 (NKJV)
Ointment and perfume delight the heart, and the sweetness of a man’s friend gives delight by hearty counsel.

Song of Solomon 3:6 (NKJV)
[THE Shulamite] Who is this coming out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, Perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all the merchant’s fragrant powders?

Matthew 26:7 (NKJV)
A woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table.

Ephesians 5:2 (NKJV)
And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

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