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Fragrance and Ointment – SOS Saturday

Because of the fragrance of your good ointments, Your name is ointment poured forth; (Song of Songs 1:3 NKJV)

What is fragrance?

What does it do?

Here’s the thing. When our Song speaks of fragrance it is not talking actions. Not the visible actions of a Shepherd King, but rather the invisible features of thoughts and emotions – His passions.

When we talk about God and emotions we (the Church) have a strange box for God. We feel like God has this amazing joy when we are born again, and He spends the rest of our lives angry with us.

There is even theological argument out there that says that God does not change so He cannot have emotions.

This is all so messed up. We are created in the image of God, emotions and all. If we learn nothing else from the Song of Songs, it is that we have an emotional Father.

There is however action in this verse and we don’t want to miss it. The fragrant ointment is poured forth.

Here we see the internal essence of Jesus, His thought life, His emotion, His passion, poured out by the declaration of His name. Last week we looked at His name, but today I want to draw your attention to this idea.

As His name is declared, His passion is revealed. [Tweet This]


When He said His name was JEHOVAH-TSID-KENU  "The Lord is our righteousness" He was demonstrating His passion to make you the righteousness of God in Him.

When He said His name was JEHOVAH-SHALOM  - Our perfect peace - He was demonstrating His passion to come as the Prince of Peace and demolish all that stands between you and peace with God.

When He said His name was JEHOVAH RAPHA  - I am the Lord Your Physician or I am the Lord Your Healer – He was demonstrating His passion to heal you to the uttermost.

Interestingly enough Paul talks about fragrance too.

But thanks be to God, who always leads us in His triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. (2 Corinthians 2:14-16 NASB)

The fact is, as our life declares by word and deed the name of Jesus, His passion is poured forth on our circle of influence, and it has an impact. It may draw some to Christ, and it may push some away. In any case when you stand for Christ your life will no longer be neutral.

Do you need that ointment poured forth in your life today?

Do you need that healing balm, that peace that defies understanding?

Let the name of Jesus wash over you even now. Declare His name out loud over your circumstances today.

If you are sick say out loud something like “I am yours Jehovah Rapha – the Lord who heals me”

If you are stressed instead of blessed – declare “I am yours Jehovah Shalom”

Hey – we are not talking magic words, or secret formulae here. But there is power in the name of Jesus.

That’s good, isn’t it? Share what you learned, or what fresh revelation you received, or even what made you mad here today. Has declaration of His Name changed your reality?

Come back next week for more of the Song. Believe me, we are just scratching the surface here.


0 thoughts on “Fragrance and Ointment – SOS Saturday

  1. bearingwithlove

    I am really enjoying your insight on Song of Songs. I truly feel like this book understands and expresses the fire that God is building up inside me. Thank you for sharing your wisdom on this particular book. Have a blessed day!

    1. Ben Nelson

      That's great - I love this Song. For years I steered clear of it, but once I started digging I fell in love.
      Thanks for your kind words, and we will see you next week!

  2. jelillie

    Loved this Ben! I am preaching on the God of peace tomorrow and your words here really jumped out at me. We so often block ourselves off from the peace or the healing or the righteousness of God because we forget God is a person who feels and has emotions. We treat Him sometimes like a formula or magic or a step program when all the time He is reaching out to us as loving Father and Friend!

  3. Caddo Veil

    Thanks, brother Ben--yep, His balm, His peace, His Name is all around me here. God bless you and the fam abundantly! Praying fervently about the storm--love, sis Caddo

  4. Ben Nelson

    Thanks Caddo,

    I am expecting mostly a wet event, but we shall see - we did pack all the yard furniture away just in case.

    Yeah - this post actually got to me this week in a big way.

    Talk to you soon!


  5. Debbie

    I'm being so blessed and learning here, as you do these SOS posts. 🙂 I am captured by His passion being poured forth. Thank you and God bless you, Ben!

    1. Ben Nelson

      Yay - I am too - every time i go back to this Song, the blessing is re-doubled to me, and i am just hoping to be able to express some part of that in words.

      Thanks so much for the encouragement!

  6. meetingintheclouds

    Indeed there is power in the Name of Jesus - such that demons will flee.

    What an amazing God who allows us such freedom as to use His name in our battles, and watches over His Word to perform it. The victory is HIS but He gives it to His blood-bought, adopted children. Incredible, but true!


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