If you’re like me, then your love affair with the Bible is very much an investigation into the deep. An unceasing adventure into His Mysteries!
One that includes a fascination with the prophetic significance of elements included in the Holy Scriptures.
Myrrh, for instance, is an intriguing oil.
Its is mentioned 156 times in the Bible and is one of the compounds included in the sacred anointing oil described in Exodus 30:23.
Myrrh is the first oil mentioned in the Bible. ( Genesis 37:25 )
But it is also one of the last oils mentioned as well. ( Revelation 18:13 )
Let’s study it’s first mention. In Genesis 37:25, when Joseph is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers. He is bought a company of Ishamelites who traded in spices, balms and myrrh!
And they sat down to eat a meal. Then they lifted their eyes and looked, and there was a company of Ishmaelites, coming from Gilead with their camels, bearing spices, balm, and myrrh, on their way to carry them down to Egypt.
But this unfortunate incident was the very vehicle that would deliver him to Egypt where he would later lead him to an audience with the King.
For the Midianites who purchased Joseph, travelled to Egypt via camels and caravans laden with goods.
Joseph was transported along with this precious cargo compromising of spices, balms and myrrh.
This was likely a fairly long journey that would have taken days and weeks. All this time, Joseph, was surrounded by myrrh that holds such prophetic meaning!
A TIME OF PREPARATION
It was a time of preparation amidst the balm and myrrh that would precede a series of events leading to his future alliance with Pharoah.
Meanwhile, the Midianites sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard.
Upon the merchants arrival in Egypt he was sold and handed over to Potiphar who served the King, that is Pharoah.
How interesting that in the Book of Esther, we witness the time of preparation she goes through as the bride to be.
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.
In preparation to meet her King, Esther is treated with various beauty treatments including the use of MYRRH. Esther was massaged with the oil of myrrh for 6 months until the day of her wedding.
Truly MYRRH is not only about beautification of the bride, it also speaks of the purification process to become the spotless bride.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.
Let’s now consider myrrh’s appearance once again as the very last oil mentioned in the Bible. In the Book of Revelation, the precious cargoes are described.
Bear in mind that the Book of Revelation is the testimony of Jesus Christ, which reveals that every element mentioned holds significantly great import.
… cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and human beings sold as slaves.
Here we see that when the great city of Babylon falls, it loses all it’s treasures. And this includes MYRRH and FRANKINCENSE.
What was once in the height of it’s glory available in abundance, becomes stripped away when when wickedness and iniquity is exposed and finally dealt with.
Myrrh will no longer be available to the unclean harlot, that is Babylon.
Because myrrh is linked with the spotless bride.
It is also linked with true royalty, that is found in righteousness in Christ.
THE FIRST AND THE LAST
Myrrh has a prophetic significance of sealing the Bride.
Which is why it appears in the beginning and in the end.
In Genesis and in Revelation.
I found it interesting to discover that myrrh oil is used to promote a sense of peace, well-being and security.
Truly it is only when we are sealed in Christ, obedient to His commands, remaining in Him that we find our greatest peace.
Myrrh’s symbolism as an oil that seals & sanctifies is marked by it’s appearance in the life of the Lord Jesus.
As we know, nothing about our Messiah’s life is coincidental.
Rather … every aspect of His life carries a world of revelations.
Myrrh was one of the first and the last oils to be received by Christ.
As is well known, myrrh, frankincense and gold were delivered to the young Jesus by the Wise Men who traversed a great distance to meet their King.
But what is less commonly known is that it was at the cross that we see myrrh’s appearance once again.
They tried to give Him wine mixed with myrrh; but He did not take it.
The Lord Jesus would not receive the myrrh offered to him by unwise men, Roman soldiers at a time preceding DEATH.
But the myrrh presented to him as a child by the wise men, was received as a blessing by His family, during a time following BIRTH & LIFE.
However at a time preceding LIFE & RESURRECTION, we see the appearance of myrrh in Jesus life, as a result of the “wise”, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus.
Let us consider how the Lord Jesus was placed in the private tomb of Joseph of Arimathea.
After his body was moved it was then prepared and wrapped with a mixture of myrrh and aloes.
Joseph and Esther were not the only ones taken through a season of preparation with myrrh. So was Jesus Himself!
After this, Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus; and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took the body of Jesus.
And Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds.
Then they took the body of Jesus, and bound it in strips of linen with the spices, as the custom of the Jews is to bury.
Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid.
So there they laid Jesus, because of the Jews’ Preparation Day, for the tomb was nearby.
*Note that this preparation of the Lord Jesus body happened on Preparation Day !
There is much to ponder on the prophetic significance of myrrh…
I hope this article provokes a hunger to uncover the many signs that the Lord gives us as He allures us to delve deeper into Him.
Much Love & Shalom,
Ahava Sarah Fischer
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