November 4 – Exodus 30:22-38
November 4 – Exodus 30:22-38
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22 The Lord said to Moses, 23 “Take the finest spices: of liquid myrrh 500 shekels, and of sweet-smelling cinnamon half as much, that is, 250, and 250 of aromatic cane, 24 and 500 of cassia, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, and a hin of olive oil. 25 And you shall make of these a sacred anointing oil blended as by the perfumer; it shall be a holy anointing oil. 26 With it you shall anoint the tent of meeting and the ark of the testimony, 27 and the table and all its utensils, and the lampstand and its utensils, and the altar of incense, 28 and the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils and the basin and its stand. 29 You shall consecrate them, that they may be most holy. Whatever touches them will become holy. 30 You shall anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may serve me as priests. 31 And you shall say to the people of Israel, ‘This shall be my holy anointing oil throughout your generations. 32 It shall not be poured on the body of an ordinary person, and you shall make no other like it in composition. It is holy, and it shall be holy to you. 33 Whoever compounds any like it or whoever puts any of it on an outsider shall be cut off from his people.’”
34 The Lord said to Moses, “Take sweet spices, stacte, and onycha, and galbanum, sweet spices with pure frankincense (of each shall there be an equal part), 35 and make an incense blended as by the perfumer, seasoned with salt, pure and holy. 36 You shall beat some of it very small, and put part of it before the testimony in the tent of meeting where I shall meet with you. It shall be most holy for you. 37 And the incense that you shall make according to its composition, you shall not make for yourselves. It shall be for you holy to the Lord. 38 Whoever makes any like it to use as perfume shall be cut off from his people.”
This passage deals with the specifics of making the oil/perfume intended for the special purpose of anointing both the furniture and the people of the tabernacle set apart to God. It was not to be duplicated or used for any common thing.
We care called to be set apart for Christ much like this sweet smelling oil was set apart. How can we set ourselves apart yet remain in the world as a witness? How does your life bring a sweet and pleasing fragrance to others?
Heavenly Father, Only You can take something common and make it special. You take ordinary animals and their blood washes away sin. You take ordinary fabric and furniture and make it holy before You. You take ordinary people and ordain them to Your service and cause them to be mighty for You and bring glory to Your name. May You bring me to a place where I can glorify You in such a way that people know You are the One and Only God!
In Jesus’ name.