“And you shall speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘This shall be a holy anointing oil to Me throughout your generations. It shall not be poured on man’s flesh; nor shall you make any other like it, according to its composition. It is holy, and it shall be holy to you. Whoever compounds any like it, or whoever puts any of it on an outsider, shall be cut off from his people.'” NKJV
Four expensive exotic and imported substances, together with four aromatic ‘spices,’ were taken and then pounded together. Thus fused, the ground powder was then mixed with olive oil into a now bonded and exceptionally aromatic mass. This anointing oil was then further enhanced in its use by combining it with a complimentary incense compound of sweet spices, so that the very atmosphere of the tabernacle surrounding the anointed tools, the garments and the priests, provided the olfactory senses of the worshipers with a unique fragrance of utter and unusual delight! Make no mistake about it, this compound of loveliness was not to be reproduced outside of the tabernacle nor used for anything but its Divine design or purpose, nor was it to be placed upon the uncalled and unholy. The penalty for doing so was banishment from the people of God and exclusion from the covenant of God. Now that’s a patent penalty to take seriously!
I wonder if there were four purpose for this total olfactory immersion anointing which would mitigate such a serious patent infringement?
The first and important but very mundane purpose was no doubt that of replacing the smell of death. I love a bit of roast lamb, but the tabernacle was a place of permanent killing, a vast abattoir killing factory, if you will, which ran red with blood. The smell must have been shocking. Thus, to cover and camouflage the smell of death and the running blood, this sweetest perfume, in the form of anointing oil and the complimentary fragrance of incense, must have well and truly covered the smell of sacrifice and slit throat blood. I wonder if there was any disinfectant quality to any of this?
Secondly, the reason for this protected patented perfume was no doubt one of ‘total and specific recall.’ In other words, I wonder if the uniqueness of this fragrance was to be used by God as a distinct and pin-point memory marker? When we breathe though our noise (the first and ‘orthonasal’ way of smelling), the olfactory neurons in the upper part of the nose generate an impulse which is passed to the brain along the olfactory nerve to the brain’s olfactory bulb. This then processes the signal and passes information to the limbic system, which is a set of brain structures which scientists believe play a major role in controlling mood, behavior, emotion and memory. It is thought that the sense of smell is closely linked with memory and probably more so than any of our other senses, especially because smells can trigger spontaneous recall! In other words, when you remember a smell, you don’t even have to think about it the connected memory. The smell immediately brings to mind all of its associations. God wanted immediate recall around the remembrance of these sacrifices.
Thirdly, smell is also highly emotive. You should see the emotion of disgust on my wife’s face when I find her standing in the bedroom doorway holding a pair of my well-worn socks between her forefinger and thumb! Also, look at your media screens where the perfume industry spends vast amounts of advertising money around this same olfactory connection, developing fragrances that seek to convey a vast array of emotions and feelings; from desire to power, from vitality to relaxation and especially to convey beauty and branding through aromatic sexuality! Even so, so much of this industry is producing fragrances associated with sin. Think about that. What do you see, what do you remember when I say ‘Opium, Elle, La Nuit, Black Opium, Killer Queen, Deep Night, Cherish, Sweetheart, and a thousand more!’ Smell is highly emotive, for it not only brings memories instantaneously to mind, but it moves the heart in certain directions.
Fourthly, there had to be a unique smell which had total connection with ‘holiness to the Lord’ and blood sacrifice, a perfume so uniquely pungent that it would not only move the mind in immediate remembrance but move the heart in the offering of thankfulness for sin covered, in worship for grace given, and in action to the fulfillment of vows taken.
So then, we must be careful not to compound counterfeit perfume. We cannot create a plastic holiness or ‘make,’ that is, ‘fashion’ a Jesus (for what is the tabernacle all about but Jesus?) which is a counterfeit compound to the beautiful fragrance and associated memory and emotions of that one and only unique perfume which is Christ. I tell you, in all our cultural compromises we have not compounded a better ‘Jesus of Nazareth,’ but rather, we have created some Cheeses of Nazareth! Yes, we have made a cheesy Jesus which fits into a compromised church and into a rebellious world. We have compounded a Jesus which is nothing but a stink!
The result of this is nothing but cutting off of congregations from the covenant of blood. Our apostate apothecaries have remade God in our own acceptable image, and in the so doing have created a cult of Christian idolatry. They shall be cut off for God help us, they are cutting off millions from the fresh fragrance of Jesus. If you have this compromised concoction you will know it for false anointing always leaves a skin rash, a blot on holy flesh and an allergic reaction around the ears which makes them itch profusely. Friends, I wonder if sometimes we have compounded a fallacy and then put it on strangers and sinners and called them ‘Reverend, Pastors, and Vicar’ when they are nothing but stinkers. God will judge us for this.
How will we know if we are anointed with this see divine perfume or some other substitute compound made by apostate apothecaries? Two ways.
First of all, to those who are being saved, then their testimony of our smell shall be that we are of a sweet perfume of life.
Secondly, to the rebel, to the reprobate, to the apostate, we shall simply stink of death and condemnation, even of decomposition and slurried body fluid. Look now, holiness is not to everyone’s liking, taste nor savor.
Lift you arms up and sniff your pits my friend. How are you smelling tonight?
Listen: ” So I came out to meet you, diligently to seek your face, and I have found you. I have spread my bed with tapestry, colored coverings of Egyptian linen. I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. Come, let us take our fill of love until morning; let us delight ourselves with love. For my husband is not at home; He has gone on a long journey; He has taken a bag of money with him, And will come home on the appointed day.” With her enticing speech she caused him to yield, With her flattering lips she seduced him. Immediately he went after her, as an ox goes to the slaughter, Or as a fool to the correction of the stocks, Till an arrow struck his liver. As a bird hastens to the snare, He did not know it would cost his life. Now therefore, listen to me, my children; Pay attention to the words of my mouth: Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways, Do not stray into her paths; For she has cast down many wounded, And all who were slain by her were strong men. Her house is the way to hell, descending to the chambers of death. ( Proverbs 7:15-27 NKJV )
Pray: Father, how the false prophets have come out to meet your idiot children. Father, how the false perfume of a weak and insipid Jesus has filled the air around us. Father, how the lie of You not being at home, of You being gone on a long journey in a far country never to be around until the long appointed day has allowed such open adultery. Therefore, we ask that You cut in ribbons, O God, those red lips of seducing flattery, and help us to be disgusted at the stench of that sweet compound of an illegally compounded ‘knock off’ of a Gospel. Lord, give us a nose for error and two swift feet to run from it. Meanwhile, O God, thank you that You lead us in triumph in Jesus and through us, diffuse the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to You O God the fragrance of Christ both among those who are being saved and also among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things? For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ. (adapted from 2 Cor 2:14-17 NKJV)