Megan (jehoshabeath) wrote,

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May the Lord rejoice in His works

I've recently been exploring the beauty of the earth that God has hidden in plants and aromas. Not just these, but also stones, colors, the sound of rain, and so many more. It makes me wonder, why has God given them to us? For us to enjoy? For healing? I wonder what the Bible says about them? Do they bring Him glory; and if so, how?

In Genesis, we learn that God created the earth with its trees and stones and water. He put people in the garden to tend it and enjoy the tastes and smells and appearance of the fruit. They also had the joy of seeing the animals and naming them. God didn't have to make such a delightful place; but He planned it, made it, called it "good" and walked in it.

We see in Revelation that people can gather and trade precious natural treasures, but as an evil people (Revelation 17-18). We also see that God builds his eternal city with colorful stones and gold and pearls (Revelation 21). The items themselves are not evil - it's the people who are sinful and so destroy the earth. But God had made it good and will restore His creation one day.

In Job 28, we see how people explore dark and dangerous places to find sparking hidden treasures. The kings of Israel gathered these (Solomon - 2 Chronicles 9:9; Hezekiah - 2 Chronicles 32:27) and David, in particular, gathered them for use in the house of God (1 Chronicles 29:1-9). God instructed that the priest himself be adorned with precious stones bearing the names of the people on his heart. He explains that these garments are "for glory and for beauty" (Exodus 28:2, 40). The prophets show that the world can create a false sense of glory and beauty (Isaiah 13:19), but that God's is genuine (Job 40:9-10). Psalm 104 is a hymn to God praising Him for his beautiful, beneficial creation. The psalmist says, "May the Lord rejoice in His works." Psalm 104:31

The Bible also says a lot about herbs and oils. God commanded that holy incense be burned in the temple. It was not allowed to be used elsewhere. He instructed the people to make anointing oil for the priest and later for the king. The wise men brought gifts of precious oils (frankincense and myrrh) to King Jesus. Shortly before his death, a woman anointed Jesus with a jar of costly spikenard, pouring it on his head and feet. She used so much that "the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil." John 12:3 After Jesus' death, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus took His body from the cross, bound it in strips of linen with a mixture of myrrh and aloes, and buried him. After the Sabbath, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome traveled to his tomb with spices to anoint his body - but He had already risen (Mark 16)! In Psalm 45, it speaks of how King Jesus is anointed with the "oil of gladness", his garments being "scented with myrrh and aloes and cassia." Psalm 45:6-8 While the King is adorned in aromatic oils, the royal daughter is adorned in beautiful colors: "her clothing is woven with gold... in robes of many colors" (Psalm 45:13-15).

The prophets describe God's kingdom and the trees that will grow there. They explain that the trees will be good for food and for medicine (Ezekiel 47:12). God has created this rich, delightful world out of His grace, wisdom, and love. If anyone thinks His kingdom is dull, they don't understand the one who made the oceans teeming with krill and giant whales or the lavender herb that grows in the garden and is used to treat hurts. Considering what I see just outside the window, His righteous kingdom is going to be wonderful! "With gladness and rejoicing they shall be brought; They shall enter the King's palace." Psalm 45:15

In the meantime, "He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, and vegetation for the service of man,
That he may bring forth food from the earth, and wine that makes glad the heart of man,
Oil to make his face shine, and bread which strengthens man's heart..." Psalm 104:14-15

So I'll continue to explore these essential oils, birds, colors, and herbs to enjoy and praise the Lord and to possibly help others during this pilgrimage home.

"May my meditation be sweet to Him; I will be glad in the Lord." Psalm 104:34
Tags: aromatherapy, beauty, creation, jesus, life

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