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Fragrances

Lebanon was noted for its giant cedar trees which were majestic and beautiful in appearance. When these trees of great value were cut down, a pungent cedar fragrance filled the air: an odour that was clean, lingering, pleasant. Was this in the mind of the bridegroom when he extolled the virtues of his bride with this tribute: 'The smell of thy garments is like the smell of Lebanon'? (S. of S. 4:11).

The cedars of Lebanon have been likened to our Saviour-King as the upright, majestic One in His life; yet seen as the One cut down in His prime a'

Calvary, and so filling heaven and earth with the fragrance of His death. There

must be a way for the precious odour of Himself to permeate our lives that the tribute in the Song of Songs might be fulfilled in us spiritually.

In His fragrant prayer before Gethsemane and Calvary, the Lord requested for His disciples three times, 'that they may be one' (John 17:11, 21, 22). Divine unity has a sweet ring to it as well as a choice odour. Paul encourages us to keep with diligence the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Eph. 4:3). David, in extolling divine unity, likens it to the precious, fragrant holy anointing oil which was poured upon the priestly head of Aaron, and ran down his beard and his garments, making him God's sanctified man of service in the midst of a holy nation (Ps. 133). In this we see the great possibilities for God's people today to reflect the mind of Christ in the acknowledgement of His headship; and being separated unto Him as indicated in the beard; and in our living Christ daily as seen in the garments; for all three aspects were involved in the oil typifying the Holy Spirit.

How pleasant, joyous, peaceful, fragrant things can be to those in God's holy nation when they work together in harmony within the confines of His Word, and in the spirit of divine unity. Such fragrances enhance our spiritual lives, and also benefit the lives of others in a direct spiritual way.