Essential Oils of the Bible – Modern Medicine vs God’s Medicine ?>

Essential Oils of the Bible – Modern Medicine vs God’s Medicine

Essential Oils of the BibleEssential oils were used extensively in Biblical times, both Old Testament and New. They were used as aphrodisiacs, embalming fluids, beauty products, perfumes, and healing agents. It is said there are over 30 different species of plants that can create essential oils listed in the Bible, however on closer look, there are only 6 to 8 that are mentioned as essential oils, while the others are mentioned as the plant or tree and not the oil itself as is the case for Cypress and Cedarwood. While it is fun to smell the oils from the plants listed, I will be only focusing on the actual oils mentioned in the Bible. The main oils listed in the Bible are Frankincense, Myrrh, Spikenard (Oil of Nard), Sandalwood (Aloes), Cinnamon, and Cassia. Hyssop, while mentioned several times usually refers to the plant, however in Psalm 51:7 it could be mentioning a sort of oil or floral water.

There are over 200 verses in the Bible that mention either the use of oils or fragrant incense. Below is a list of oils mentioned and their verse. Pay close attention to their use as mentioned in the Bible. Also, when we read about oils, they are not considered an every day item, but more of a precious item. We know these oils would have been close to the essential oils we use today simply because they are fragrant. Olive and Grapeseed oils are not fragrant. Plus you will see mentioned that these oils have mood altering actions as in the case of the “oil of gladness” as seen in Psalm 45:7. We also know that essential oils were not only to be used in Biblical times. Some people will state that the medicine of today is like the oils of the Bible. Why, then would the prophecy in Ezekiel 47:12, also restated in Revelation 22:2 state that in the New Jerusalem (our future) there will be a tree in the middle of the city and it’s leaves will be for healing? Essential oils are for our use today and should not be viewed as antiquated.

When we get sick, modern medicine, with all its advancements, really does not compare to God’s medicine: plants in the form of nutrition, herbs, and essential oils. Even doctors will agree that eating a diet full of fruits and veggies is the most healthful way to go. However, when something goes really wrong in our bodies, we turn to modern medicine. When there are 6 terrorists in a village of 300 innocent people, often times the easiest, fastest way to eliminate the terrorists would be to bomb the city or use a machine gun. The problem with this approach is that while you kill the terrorists you also kill many more innocents. The better way to eradicate the bad guys would be with patience and a well-trained sniper. Modern medicine is like a bomb or machine gun, while plants are like the well trained sniper. The health of your body can be supported in a much better way through the use of God’s medicine.

• Proverbs 21:20 ESV “Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man’s dwelling, but a foolish man devours it.”
• Ezekiel 47:12 ESV “And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.”
• Revelation 22:2 ESV “through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”
• Psalm 45:7 ESV “you have loved righteousness and hated wickedness. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions;”
• Proverbs 21:20 ESV “Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man’s dwelling, but a foolish man devours it.”
• Matthew 2:11 ESV “And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.”
• Mark 6:13 ESV “And they cast out many demons and anointed with oil many who were sick and healed them.”
• John 12:3 ESV “Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.”
• James 5:14 ESV “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.”

© 2016 Jen O’Sullivan

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