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

I have been pondering last week's post for the last few days, and it is really rocking my world. The whole concept that “As His name is declared, His passion is revealed.” WOW

I have to tell you, that was a fresh revelation to me.

This phrase “His name poured forth” has been rumbling around my brain for days now.

I picture Mary breaking open an alabaster box and its contents (worth a year's wages) poured forth– wasting it – on Jesus’ feet. The perfect picture our lives poured forth, many would say wasted, living for Jesus and leaving the outcome in His hands. Some will say you waste your life on Jesus, others will notice that you smell just like Him as He pours forth His life as a lamb to the slaughter.

Mary (Maia Morgenstern ) and Mary Magdalene (Monika Bellucci) from The Passion of The Christ

I picture that gruesome image from The Passion of the Christ of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Mary Magdalen sopping up Christ’s blood poured forth while He received those 39 lashes.

I picture blood and water poured forth from His side when they pierced Him.

I picture Jesus baptizing His Church, as He promised He would, in that little upper room as He poured forth His Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.

Finally, I picture Jesus pouring forth His Church, shining with the light of His glory, over a dark and listless world. That light spreading far and wide as the world gets a deep breath of that wonderful fragrance.

I know there is more pouring forth to come – there are seals to be broken and bowls to overturn. But that is for then.

This is for now!

Let’s review

Ointment poured forth in Bethany

Blood and water poured forth at Calvary

Spirit poured forth at Pentecost

The Church poured forth globally

Each without reserve,

Each without stumbling over the cost

All with one aim

Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2 NASB)

You are that joy that was set before Him, and so is your neighbor!

Have you taken His name?

Will you bear the name of your Husband the Bridegroom-Shepherd-King?

Will you be His name poured forth on your circle of influence?

Will you be that sweet savor of life to them that are saved, and are you willing to bear the stench of death, and you die to yourself so others can get a whiff of the aroma of Christ?

Say yes today!

Thanks for stopping by today. I trust this helps you. I know it stirs me up.

See you next week.

Ben

If you did not read last weeks post Fragrance and Ointment it is worth the few minutes it would take.

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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 a 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]

Observe:

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

When He said His name was JEHOVAH-SHALOM  - Our perfect peace - He was demonstrating His passion for creating peace between you and God as the Prince of Peace.

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 for healing 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 His name poured out in your life changed your reality? Share!

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

Ben

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How beautiful are your feet in sandals,
O prince's daughter! 

Song of Songs 7:1

The first thing catches her followers attention about the bride of Christ is her feet. This idea of beautiful or lovely feet is not unique to the Song, but it’s actually the first time it comes up in the Word.

We find two other references to lovely feet in the prophets:

How lovely on the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who announces peace
And brings good news of happiness,
Who announces salvation,
And says to Zion,
"Your God reigns!"

Isaiah 52:7

Behold, on the mountains the feet of him who brings good news,
Who announces peace!
Celebrate your feasts, O Judah;
Pay your vows.
For never again will the wicked one pass through you;
He is cut off completely.

Nahum 1:15

In both cases the prophets Isaiah and Nahum speak of a messenger of peace, and bringing good news.

Paul uses the glue gun of New Covenant revelation to firmly attach this to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Romans 10, as he describes preaching as the delivery system for the message of salvation.

How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, "HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!" - Romans 10:14-15

It’s a sure mark of maturity that as we go we are brining the Good News of the gospel, and where we go we are leaving a wake of peace.

Paul even gives us this picture as part of our equipment, when he dresses us in the full armor of God.

and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; - Ephesians 6:15

The fact that she is wearing sandals tells me she is no longer living only the in secret place, but she is, in fact, running with her Groom in the hills and mountains - out in the highways and byways of life.

She has given her feet to the gospel.

Paul exhorts us in Romans 6

and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. - Romans 6:13

He calls us not just to say “Yes Lord” I will follow you, but to present our members - let’s say body parts - to God as instruments of righteousness.

The call I hear today, in this beautiful song - is present your feet to God as agents of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace. Strap on your sandals and get out there and make some disciples. [Tweet This] Let the wave of peace that resided in you, in the person of the Prince of Peace, cause a change in the atmosphere everywhere your sandals take you.

You have beautiful feet!

Walk your faith out into the world today.

Ben NelsonBlessings,

Ben

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Because He had done no violence,

Isaiah 53:9 NASB

Today violence sells. There has to be some violence for the box office to survive.

How many Christians will shun a movie with nudity, but embrace a “shoot em’ up” vigilante.

I’m guilty as charged here.

But one of the markers of Jesus life is that, like a good doctor, He “did no harm.”

I understand that Sodom and Gomorrah stand as a judgment against man doing sex in his own way, but did you know that the Flood was a judgment, at least in part, against the violence of man?

Then God said to Noah, "The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth. - Genesis 6:13 NASB

And yet we place our distain for sexual misconduct, but sit and watch professional wrestling. We won’t let our kids watch R rated movies where too much flesh is seen, but we let them play football, where coaches (role models and mentors of our youth) teach them violence until it is ingrained in their spirits.

Sorry, I am ranting.

The Lion of the tribe of Judah laid down His kingly mane and took up the woolen garment of a lamb. [Tweet This]

And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6 NASB)

Prince of Peace

Let’s talk for just a bit about this word Peace.

Shalom

  • completeness, soundness, welfare, peace
    • completeness (in number)
    • safety, soundness (in body)
    • welfare, health, prosperity
    • peace, quiet, tranquillity, contentment
    • peace, friendship
    • of human relationships
    • with God especially in covenant relationship
    • peace (from war)
    • peace (as adjective)

(from Blueletterbible.org)

I love the way Charles Stock of Life Center, Harrisburg, PA puts it

Nothing missing, Nothing broken

What are you going to do with that?
Got anything that’s broken?
Got anything that’s missing?

Well, the Father has assigned to His Son the Prince to be the administrator of Peace.

Check His resume:

One day Jesus headed over to the country of the Gadarenes. There He ran into a man with more problems than you could shake a stick at if you were so inclined.

A few words from the Master and – Shalom

And they came to Jesus and observed the man who had been demon-possessed sitting down, clothed and in his right mind, the very man who had had the “legion”; (Mark 5:15 NASB)

Tell us your Shalom story?
What broken thing has He mended?
What missing thing has He restored?

We would love to hear your testimony. It will stir up our faith.

Ben NelsonMerry Christmas

Ben

And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6 NASB)

Prince of Peace

Let’s talk for just a bit about this word Peace.

Shalom

  • completeness, soundness, welfare, peace
    • completeness (in number)
    • safety, soundness (in body)
    • welfare, health, prosperity
    • peace, quiet, tranquillity, contentment
    • peace, friendship
    • of human relationships
    • with God especially in covenant relationship
    • peace (from war)
    • peace (as adjective)

(from Blueletterbible.org)

I love the way Charles Stock of Life Center, Harrisburg, PA puts it

Nothing missing, Nothing broken

What are you going to do with that?
Got anything that’s broken?
Got anything that’s missing?

Well, the Father has assigned to His Son the Prince to be the administrator of Peace.

Check His resume:

One day Jesus headed over to the country of the Gadarenes. There He ran into a man with more problems than you could shake a stick at if you were so inclined.

A few words from the Master and – Shalom

And they came to Jesus and observed the man who had been demon-possessed sitting down, clothed and in his right mind, the very man who had had the “legion”; (Mark 5:15 NASB)

Tell us your Shalom story?
What broken thing has He mended?
What missing thing has He restored?

We would love to hear your testimony. It will stir up our faith.

BenMerry Christmas

Ben

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]

Observe:

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.

Ben