Shemen Tova ~ Your Garden in a Bottle

 

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Shemen Tova Oils will be available Summer 2014

Shemen Tova™ is Hebrew for “good or precious oil”. Our goal is to provide the highest quality essential oils, carrier (fixed) oils and other natural products for your health and pleasure. Many of our products are organic or wild-crafted. Shemen Tova oils are of the highest quality; pure and therapeutic. We source many of our products from boutique growers from around the world. Shemen Tova is delighted to offer a few of our essential oils from Israel, a country and a people we support.

 

Shemen is Hebrew for Oil; Tova is good. In the Strong’s Concordance we find these entries that explain the beauty, richness and quality of our essential oils.

SHEMEN

H8081  שׁמן   shemen  (sheh’-men)

From H8080; grease, especially liquid (as from the olive, often perfumed); figuratively richness: – anointing, X fat (things), X fruitful, oil ([-ed]), ointment, olive, + pine.

H8080     שׁמן    shâman    (shaw-man’)

A primitive root; to shine, that is, (by analogy) be (causatively make) oily or gross: – become (make, wax) fat.

TOVA (In Hebrew the v and the b are the same letter)

H2896  טוב   tôb   tobe

From H2895; good (as an adjective) in the widest sense; used likewise as a noun, both in the masculine and the feminine, the singular and the plural (good, a good or good thing, a good man or woman; the good, goods or good things, good men or women), also as an adverb (well): – beautiful, best, better, bountiful, cheerful, at ease, X fair (word), (be in) favour, fine, glad, good (deed, -lier, liest, -ly, -ness, -s), graciously, joyful, kindly, kindness, liketh (best), loving, merry, X most, pleasant, + pleaseth, pleasure, precious, prosperity, ready, sweet, wealth, welfare, (be) well ([-favoured]).

H2895    טוב   tôb    tobe

A primitive root, to be (transitively do or make) good (or well) in the widest sense: – be (do) better, cheer, be (do, seem) good, (make), goodly, X please, (be, do, go, play) well.

 

Precious Oils Up On The Hill ® ~ Shemen Tova™

 Exploring the Precious Plants and Oils of the Bible

through Scripture, Books, Workshops,

Products and Tours to the Holy land.

 

Apothecary Cynthia Hillson

PO Box 2036 Cornelius, NC 28031 USA

http://www.TheFragrantBride.com

 

Garden in the Desert Project in Israel

Dear Friends, My heart is overflowing with all that is happening with my Precious Oils ministry both here and in Israel. I do hope that you find a few moments to read this letter, I will try to keep it short, but as always there is always interesting stories within the stories of my life.

In March, I went to Israel to work on a book called The Healing Rose; The Rest of the Story of Esther’s Purification. It was my husband, David, who suggested that I go during Purim and devote set-apart time to complete the work. I spent four days studying at the Hebrew University library. It was here where I uncovered some amazing writings from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s centered on Biblical flora, healing plants, ancient spice route information and many other things pertaining to my love and passion, and my Precious Oils ministry of the plants of the Bible.

It was my goal to write after I had studied at the university. I planned to go to a quiet prayer house in the desert; but my plans changed. The care-taker of the prayer house had a work-related emergency and wouldn’t be able to meet me on the day I was scheduled to arrive. This left me in a bit of a dilemma of where I would be going. I made a call to a place I had wanted to visit for years since I began staying at places in the desert known as The Scented Cities, and other ancient incense route locations. I arrived with the thought of staying there two nights, but I ended up staying three. Little did I know that there was a spice conference being held within a few kilometers, in which anyone staying at this ancient, historical site was invited to also attend?

How does this happen? I was detoured from one place only to find myself sitting among Israeli’s and other nations who came together for one purpose; to learn more about the ancient spice routes. This was the third year for this conference; the first two years it had been held in Eliat but this year after the recent finding of a piece of pottery that had an inscription stating that the Queen of Sheba was from Yemen the location got changed to be on the ancient incense route. Did I mention that the conference was all in Hebrew? That didn’t matter, I loved it!

I had opportunity to meet the two conference organizers, both very well-educated, English speaking and historians of the incense route. During the afternoon break I also met a really nice lady who wanted to meet me when she found out that I wrote about the plants of the Bible. We chatted and she said I needed to come to her home. I told her that I was going back to Jerusalem, and she said that is where she lived. The short version of this story is one evening I went to her home to “chat” about our love of spices. She began our conversation with “So, how did you come to the conference?” I explained that “I just so happened” to be staying at a guest caravan where the group was invited to the conference. And, I extended my stay so I could be part of the conference for one day. Then, I asked her what brought her to the conference. She replied, “My husband” who at that moment walked into the kitchen. I nearly fell out as I extended my hand to once again meet one of the conference organizers. New spice and incense loving friends. I have an invitation to visit them again, and they want me to bring them copies of my books.

Another really neat thing happened actually while I was staying on the incense trail. The director of the project came into the dining hall where I was writing. He asked if I had a moment, he wanted to show me around. As we walked around the grounds he lead me to two plants, given to the site by an archeologist whose job is to plant the desert. I had seen this plant before; it is the ancient Balm of Gilead which is being cultivated throughout Israel in select locations to see what part of the desert the plants can flourish. (I’ve actually touched and smelled this plant at two other places in the desert on previous journeys.) As he handed me a berry to smell he began to tell me about part of the vision, and the mandate from the government of Israel, of where we were standing. He perked my interest, we chatted and then he went back to the construction project he was working on. I thought “Hmm that was nice that the director took time to show me around this amazing place.” I know people in his position are very busy, they see new people all the time, and they often never see you twice, so I thought.

A few weeks after I returned home I received a personal e-mail from the director; it was a friendly handshake thanking me for coming and do I think that I will be returning? I really did love the place and told him so, as well as my heart’s desire to return. To shorten the story is that I’m planning on returning in October, this time to cook for some groups who will be staying and working on this ancient incense route site. Things even go deeper beyond cooking and doing laundry for groups from around the world this fall. As the director and I have conversed he is feeling that Precious Oils is to be part of a “garden project” vision at this very special archeological site. It’s not only on the incense trail it was one of the stopping points of the Children of Israel during their 40 years of wandering. It also is a place that is prophesied as part of the future borders of Israel. (Ezekiel 47 & 48).

I can’t even begin to explain to you what happened to me as I read his e-mails. He said “I had a hunch about you” and that is why he personally reached out to me. He’s said that many people “want” to be part of greening the desert, but he feels that I am the one for this particular project because of my passion for Israel, the Lord, and the flora of the Bible.

So, bottom line is this, prayer and financial support is needed as I am committed to cook and serve in Israel at this site for four or five weeks in October and November. David needs to also come to Israel while I am there, he has only been once, in 2000. It will be important for us to walk the land together to see how David and I, and Precious Oils, fits into the future green space desert plantings that will benefit generations to come.

If you want further, and more precise information about the Garden of the Ages please feel free to contact me. Please note that I’ve set up a new e-mail address, BlossomingIsrael@aol.com, for the desert garden project, and yes, my PreciousOils@aol.com is still to use if that is in your address book.

Tax deductible giving is possible (and greatly appreciated). Checks need to be payable to Liberty Ministries, Inc., please memo Israel/Hillson Mission.

Send checks to:   Cynthia Hillson 107 Bradberry Street Mooresville, NC 28115   Thank you for your love and support.

In His Service,

Cynthia

Ancient Balm of Gilead

Just a few other notes. Katie, our missionary daughter is doing well. She works for a church in Hong Kong as the Children’s Church Director where each week she oversees the lessons and volunteers for over 100 children, infant to 12. Thank you for your prayers and support for her as well as the timing for me to take her more of her personal items to her; she doesn’t plan to return home for a year, or two. She was home for the holidays; it was the first time in four years that all six children, spouses, grandchildren, David and I were all together. It was a fun, and chaotic, few hours. Our fifth grandchild is due in a few weeks!! Abigail graduates college and will soon be off on her own. The timing couldn’t be better to be empty-nesters with the opportunity(ies) that await us in Israel.

The Garden is Over Grown with Weeds

I, Apothecary Cynthia Hillson, would like to address something that I’m witnessing more than ever before concerning the plants of the Bible, and the misinterpretation that the plants were “essential oils”. The plants of the Bible were not essential oils, period! This lie has penetrated the hearts and minds of people who say that they are God-fearing followers of Yeshua, and The Holy Bible. This has me deeply concerned. I pray that as you read this note that you become as alarmed as I am.

 

I’ve read the blogs and the literature from the MLM companies, watched You Tube videos, and I even have friends who have been swept away thinking that their essential oils were the oils of the Bible. Last week I posted on my Face Book page the famous Norman Rockwell painting of gossip. It was in that post that I commented about the shekel and how it was a Biblical weight and how some of the mlm essential oil business people have made it a liquid measure. It is heresy that people who are teaching “Oils of the Bible” classes have once level-headed people making a religion out of this topic. It is of my opinion, and sad-to-say, that the motive behind many who are teaching that the plants of the Bible are essential oils are totally mislead, or there is a driving force of mammon involved. I am boldly saying this and encourage anyone who wants to debate me over the topic of what the oils of the Bible “really” were to contact me and we can further discuss.

Do you know what heresy is?   heresy (n) her·e·sy [ hérrəssee ]

1. unorthodox religious opinion: an opinion or belief that contradicts established religious teaching, especially one that is officially condemned by a religious authority

2. holding of unorthodox religious belief: the holding of, or adherence to, an opinion or belief that contradicts established religious teaching, especially one that is officially condemned by religious authorities

3. unorthodox opinion: an opinion or belief that does not coincide with established or traditional theory, especially in philosophy, science, or politics

 

Let me share the following from Matthew Henry’s Commentary of the Whole Bible and his comments found in   Exodus 30:22-38.

 

“Directions are here given for the composition of the holy anointing oil and the incense that were to be used in the service of the tabernacle; with these God was to be honored, and therefore he would appoint the making of them; for nothing comes to God but what comes from him.

1. The holy anointing oil is here ordered to be made up the ingredients, and their quantities, are prescribed, Exodus 30:23-25. Interpreters are not agreed concerning them; we are sure, in general, they were the best and fittest for the purpose; they must needs be so when the divine wisdom appointed them for the divine honor. It was to be compounded secundum artem – after the art of the apothecary (Exodus 30:25); the spices, which were in all nearly half a hundred weight, were to be infused in the oil, which was to be about five or six quarts, and then strained out, leaving an admirable sweet smell in the oil. With this oil God’s tent and all the furniture of it were to be anointed; it was to be used also in the consecration of the priests, Exodus 30:26-30. It was to be continued throughout their generations, Exodus 30:31. The tradition of the Jews is that this very oil which was prepared by Moses himself lasted till near the captivity. But bishop Patrick shows the great improbability of the tradition, and supposes that it was repeated according to the prescription here, for Solomon was anointed with it (1 King’s 1:39), and some other of the kings; and all the high priests with such a quantity of it that it ran down to the skirts of the garments; and we read of the making up of this ointment (1 Chronicles 9:30): yet all agree that in the second temple there was none of this holy oil, which he supposes was owing to a notion they had that it was not lawful to make it up, Providence overruling that want as a presage of the better unction of the Holy Ghost in gospel times, the variety of whose gifts was typified by these several sweet ingredients. To show the Excellency of Holiness, there was that in the tabernacle which was in the highest degree grateful both to the sight and to the smell. Christ’s name is said to be as ointment poured forth (Song of Songs 1:3), and the good name of Christians better than precious ointment, Ecclesiastes 7:1.

2.The incense which was burned upon the golden altar was prepared of sweet spices likewise, though not so rare and rich as those of which the anointing oil was compounded, Exodus 30:34, Exodus 30:35. This was prepared once a year (the Jews say), a pound for each day of the year, and three pounds over for the Day of Atonement. When it was used, it was to be beaten very small: thus it pleased the Lord to bruise the Redeemer when he offered himself for a sacrifice of a sweet-smelling savor.

3. Concerning both these preparations the same law is here given 1. (Exodus 30:32, Exodus 30:33, Exodus 30:37, and Exodus 30:38), that the like should not be made for any common use. Thus God would preserve in the people’s minds a reverence for his own institutions, and teach us not to profane nor abuse anything whereby God makes himself known, as those did who invented to themselves (for their common entertainments) instruments of music like David, Amos 6:5. It is a great affront to God to jest with sacred things, particularly to make sport with the word and ordinances of God, or to treat them with lightness, Matthew 22:5. That which is God’s peculiar must not be used as a common thing.”

 

This brings me to another important aspect of why I’m addressing the seriousness this subject. The pursuit of selling essential oils as being Biblical isn’t only not correct, but it is often done in a flippant way. (Matthew Henry called it jesting. Take a moment to read Ephesians 5 to know what Paul tells us about jesting.) It is my prayer that my friends who are involved in these companies understand that I am writing this in love. I feel repeating the mlm jargon that the plants of the Bible were essential oils only is extremely misleading.

 

In the Bible The Holiness that is associated with The Holy Oil and The Holy Incense can be read in the Hebrew. When one reads Scripture only in English the essence of what is said is often missed. Please also note that anytime that the Lord repeats a word it is like your parents telling you “What I about to say is important, so listen up.” Then it is our choice to heed their words. In Hebrew, the Holy Anointing Oil and The Holy Incense weren’t only just holy, they are MOST HOLY! You can look this up for yourselves in Exodus 30:29 & 36. Those who are repeating the heresy that the plants named in the Holy Oil & Incense were essential oils aren’t taking into consideration what “holiness” truly is.

My ministry name, Precious Oils was established in 1991 not because of essential oils but for anointing oils and my 3 day experience with the Lord. In my publications I share my love of our modern day convenience found in essential oils that I call a “Garden in a Bottle”. Psalm 133 is the Scripture that is printed on my ministry checks, and it is a song we all sing, hold hands and dance to, then we go back to our belligerence.

 

A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; as the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore. Psalms 133:1-3

 

It seems that today the lack of unity among God’s people is rampant, and has become fiercely competitive; that includes the warring between companies, and individuals, about essential oils. The lies, and deception that the oils of the Bible were essential oils is preposterous, and even has become implausible. Instead of His plant kingdom, found in a pristine garden that He planted in the very beginning, it has become a bit frightening and the reason for this blog today. I’m afraid that the garden that the Lord desires to have in the future has become vastly overgrown with weeds among Believers. And, I believe that the Lord is about to weed His garden.

 

We enjoy the glimpse of a beautiful garden where the Shulamite gives up what was “her garden” and invites Him to come into “His garden”. (Song of Songs 4.) By the way, are you aware that the Shulamite’s name means peaceful . . . and her name is rooted in Shalom?

 

May there soon be shalom to all who want to enjoy God’s fragrant kingdom with His precious plants that are named in the Bible as well our modern usage of them including, but not limited to, essential oils.

 

Sincerely,

 

Apothecary Cynthia Hillson

 

http://www.TheFragrantBride.com

 

PreciousOils@aol.com

It’s a New, and Exciting, Season for Precious Oils

Dear Friends,

It’s been quite a while since I had the time to fully devote to my ministry, Precious Oils. Thank you to all who’ve been patient and understand of my life’s first calling as wife, mother (of six, nearly all grown children) and grandma.

Precious Oils is in the beginning of our third decade and I am in a season of my life where I can finally devote my time to Precious Oils and what I’ve been called to do. I’d like to take a few minutes this morning to share some of our plans.

This fall I will be making my 27th journey to Israel. I know, many of you have never been once and it is a dream of yours. Israel became one of the Lord’s gifts to me; He has miraculously provided for each journey. Those stories could be a book in itself. Each time I go to Israel I take love and comfort to Israelis in hospitals, the Messianic Community and to people on the streets. It is a special ministry and I’ve been honored to continue to bring blessings to the People of the Book.

The connection of the land of Israel and my Precious Oils ministry really began on my first journey in September 1999 when I was at The Temple Institute in Jerusalem. I tell this story in my teaching book called Ketoret (The Holy Incense). It was when the lecturer was telling us about the Holy Incense and we smelt the ingredients of it (at that time only seven of the 11 had been discovered) that I had an encounter with the Lord somewhat like I did when the Lord initiated me into this ministry on May 1, 1991.  I wrote down the ingredient list and asked my guide if I could hold the bottles of the spices a second time. I had already had one other “spice related” experience that day as we were walking to the Temple Institute; both experiences in the Old City was very much part of why I wrote my Precious Oils and the Fragrances of the Bible study years later in 2008.

Through the years I’ve had opportunity to experience Israel in profound and exciting ways. I’m now at another season where some of the encounters I’ve had in Israel pertain to an exciting project my husband and I began discussing last December when he took the time off of work to accompany me to a conference. We were full steam ahead, but I took a detour that allowed me to once again know the loving patience of Abba and how He will get you back to your calling. Gracious and loving Father is all I can say.

Today I am writing because this year, I believe, is the NOW moment to go the next step with Precious Oils by bringing my Precious Oils Studies to life through video teachings. Not just video teachings from my kitchen or a studio, but from the Holy Land. This is where I need your help, and your prayers. I’ll try to be brief, but you need a little background over the last few years and how you can help us.

David and I have been on a 21 year journey with Precious Oils Up On The Hill. In 2011, after 13 months and the assistance of DC attorney who helped us put our thoughts in the correct wording, we were granted a registered trademark from the US government. This was no small task, but it was important to protect Precious Oils.

The story of how our legal, registered name has its own story, and it’s just like the Lord to give you things in your call and service to the Kingdom and then show you later why you did “such and such”.

Precious Oils Up On The Hill was named in different settings. My encounter with the Lord on May 1, 1991 is when Precious Oils got named. In 1993 we lived in a rented home that was on 50 acres. My legal business name at that time was “Somewhat Limited” d/b/a Precious Oils. But I had the most frustrating time with my UPS guy; he could never find our house. It was then I made a change to our legal name calling ourselves Up On The Hill. When the UPS guy read the address and the name all he had to do was look up the hill to find us. When opening a new checking account I asked the bank if I could have both my legal name and my d/b/a name on my account, which they did. Then one time when I was on the Temple Mount (anointing it where the Spirit of the Dome & where the Holy of Holies is thought to have been) the lights went on in my spirit and a glimpse into the future of Precious Oils Up On The Hill. You see, Precious Oils was used on The Holy Hill of Jerusalem and throughout Israel. It is the only place in Scripture where the blessing is commanded, in Psalm 133.

A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore. (Psalms 133:1-3 KJV)

Some Historians and Bible Commentators describe this Psalm as possibly being written at a time of David’s life when all twelve tribes assembled in Jerusalem, and when he was anointed King. It is the psalm of unity and blessing and it is the Scripture behind the purpose of Precious Oils and also explains why going to Jerusalem during Succoth, The Feast of Tabernacles, is important. (Zechariah 14)

We need partners during our next stage of Precious Oils Up On The Hill. There are two ways to help; by donations and by purchasing products from our web site. You are very welcome to e-mail me at PreciousOils@aol.com with any questions that you have.

Tax deductible giving is available as follows.

Make checks out to Liberty Ministries, Inc. Memo Precious Oils/Israel 2012. Send to:

Cynthia Hillson

107 Bradberry Street

Mooresville, NC 28115

We’ve added a 16 month calendar called “Watercolors of the Beautiful Land”. The images were painted in Israel. Later this month look for our new product line of shea butter soaps that will include Rimon (Pomegranate), Honey, Milk, Shoshanna (Lily of the Valley) and Spikenard.   http://www.shop.TheFragrantBride.com

Thank you and God Bless. I’ll be posting a number of blogs over the next few weeks, so stay tuned.

Love,

Cynthia

Prepare Ye The Way of the Lord ~ Temple Mount, Jerusalem, Israel, Succoth 2011

The Ancient Secrets of Keterot ~ Part Two

The Holy Incense  קטרת   Ketoret

Ketoret is the transliteration of the Hebrew word קטרת which is translated into English as Ketoret (or Qetoret); it means incense. It is referred in the Hebrew Bible and the Jewish writings of the Siddur, Mishnah and Talmud.  It is also referred to as the HaKetoret Kodesh (the Holy incense).

Ketoret was offered on the golden altar of incense during the time of the Mishkan (The Tabernacle in the Wilderness) and the first and second Temple periods in Jerusalem. The Ketoret was part of the daily offerings and burned twice a day. Today there isn’t a Temple in Jerusalem, but the prayer of remembering the incense is part of the daily traditional morning prayers.

It is You, Hasehm, our God, before Whom our forefathers burned the incense-spices in the time when the Holy Temple stood, as You commanded them through Moses Your prophet, as it is written in Your Torah.

The footnotes of The Complete Artscroll Siddur tell us that Arizal wrote that the careful recitation of this section (the ketoret) helps bring one to repentance. It goes on to say that Hirsch comments that the ketoret symbolizes Israel’s duty to make all its actions pleasing to God.

I wrote the following symbolic meaning of Ketoret in my books Precious Oils ~ A Study of the Fragrances of the Bible (2008) and Ketoret ~ The Holy Incense (2009).

Ingredient

Symbolic Meaning


Sweet Spices

“Joyful” (to be fragrant in all things


Stacte

“To fall or to drop”;  freedom


Onchya

“to roar or to groan”; the anointing is Holy and will roar and flow out of our hearts

 

Galbanum

“fatty or rich” It’s the”sap”  from a broken shrub

 

Frankincense

“to be pure and white”

 

The Vignette of The Holy Incense ~ By Cynthia Hillson

© Precious Oils 2008 ~ All Rights Reserved

To be a sweet-smelling sacrifice daily we must be broken and fallen. It is in the times of prayer and worship that the ability to intercede for the freedom of others can flow from our hearts. The joy and sweet fragrance allows us to be pure day and night. It is the holy and acceptable offering of our service to the King.

Stay Tuned for additional thoughts on Ketoret. In Part Three of Ketoret I will expound on the present day health properties of each ingredient. In Part Four and Five, I will expound on the 11 ingredient list of the symbolic meanings, the health properties of the ingredients and the vignette.

Blessings,

Apothecary Cynthia Hillson

http://www.TheFragrantBride.com

The Ancient Secrets of Keterot ~ Part One

As we are approaching the High Holy Day of Yom Kippur  I am going to tread on a some-what controversial topic, The Holy Incense written about in Exodus 30. I understand the controversy and hope that those who oppose the thought that we can have modern-day apothecaries consider the Holy incense and Holy Anointing Oil are what they are. . . Holy unto the Lord. A portion of my setting aside time to write this blog is quite frankly because of the number of e-mails, written notes and queries from conference attendees on the subject. While the questions are valid, so is the call of God on my life. That is to bring a portion of Scripture to life through the fragrances of the Bible using the elements found in today’s botanicals. I like to call it “connecting you to the Creator of the Universe”.

Over the next few days during the time known as “The Ten Days of Awe” I’m going to share some insights on the ingredients of the Holy Incense known as Ketoret. (Ketoret also is spelled Qetoret.) I will be using the ingredient list from the Scriptures that list five ingredients. The Jewish prayer-book, The Siddur, gives the tradition of 11 ingredients that should be noted is not known with absolute certainty. Pray that you will find a few moments to read this blog over the next few days as we unfold the Ancient Secrets of Ketoret.

I am a simple and old-fashion, line-upon-line girl. Feel free to copy these notes for your personal study or to share with our Bible-Study group. And please feel free to comment or e-mail me with any questions. I really would like to know your thoughts on the Holy Incense.

Sincerely,

Apothecary Cynthia Hillson

The Ancient Secrets of Ketoret ~ Part One

We begin with our Scriptural reference found in Exodus 30:34-38. (KJV)

“And the LORD said unto Moses, Take unto thee sweet spices, stacte, and onycha, and galbanum; [these] sweet spices with pure frankincense: of each shall there be a like [weight]: And thou shall make it a perfume, a confection after the art of the apothecary, tempered together, pure[and] holy: And thou shall beat[some] of it very small, and put of it before the testimony in the tabernacle of the congregation, where I will meet with thee: it shall be unto you most holy. And [as for] perfume which thou shall make, ye shall not make to yourselves according to the composition thereof: it shall be unto thee holy for the LORD. Whosoever shall make like unto that, to smell thereto, shall even be cut off from his people.”

From The Siddur (the Morning Prayer service) before the incense offering prayers is the prayers for ashes and Tamid (which is the continual offering asking for God’s mercy).

“It is You, Hashem, our God, before Whom our forefathers burned the ketoret (incense-spices) in the time when the Holy Temple stood, as You commanded them through Moses, Your prophet, as it is written in Your Torah:”

“Hashem to Moses: Take yourself spices – stacte, onycha and galbanum- spices and pure frankincense; they are to be of equal weight. You are to make it an incense, a spice-compound, the handiwork of an expert spice-compounder, thoroughly mixed, pure and holy. You are to grind some of it finely and place some of it before the Testimony in the Tent of Appointment, where I shall designate a time to meet you; it shall be a holy of holies for you. It is also written: Aaron shall burn upon it the incense-spices every morning; when he cleans the lamps he is to burn it. And when Aaron ignites lamps in the afternoon, he is to burn it, as continual incense before Hashemyour generations.” Exodus 30:34-36, 7-8

The Siddur continues with a list of the 11 ingredients of the Holy Incense that comes from oral tradition. The morning service continues with the prayers for the other offerings (guilt, sin and peace) which when all said could fill up your morning. The point I am suggesting is the importance of the incense in the Jewish religion and their desire to come close to God is found in their daily prayers. I believe that we also need to be awakened to something that may possibly bring us closer to God and is the purpose of this study.

Before closing today it is of vital importance for me to share how holy the Lord considers the oil and incense, not just holy but extremely HOLY. The word holy in Hebrew is kodesh. It means to be set aside and kept separate. The concept of Holy includes not only the incense and anointing oil it includes our places of worship, our tongue and speech, God’s Word, marriage and family, Shabbat and the Holy City of Jerusalem. The true nature of something being Holy is to recognize the fact that holiness is something that needs to be guarded and protected. There has been enough misuse in our modern day culture, perhaps more from those of us who live in the West, on what true holiness is. I believe the Lord is giving us a time to consider what He considers Holy during this season prior to Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year.

 

8 September 2010

Dear Friends,  

First, may I greet you with the blessing of the day L’Shana Tova on this Yom Teruah, the Day of  Trumpets. May your name be inscribed in the Book of Life. 

I’ve added a wonderful piece of art on my web site “Moses’ Tabernacle in the Wilderness” print by the Norbert McNulty. I’m including free shipping until September 14th. Great gift for the High Holidays that begin this week. www.shop.TheFragrantBride.com 

Copyright Selah Art

As I am preparing for my 23rd journey to Israel next week  I felt it was important to share insights from my Ketoret teaching just in time for the upcoming High Holy Day of  Yom Kippur. From September 9 to September 13, 2010 I will be a sharing the ingredients found in The Holy Incense to include historical facts, today’s modern uses of the botanicals and the symbolic meanings of the ingredients. I hope that you can join me in the daily blog of The Ancient Secrets of Ketoret.  I depart for Israel on September 14th until October 5th. Be sure to check in as I’ll be using this blog to update you on my travels throughout the Holy Land. Thank your for your prayers.

 

Here is a portion of the introduction of my Ketoret teaching that you will find on my web site. 

How does one begin to explain the journey with the Holy Spirit since the establishment of Precious Oils Up On the Hill on May 1, 1991? Surely, even I, Apothecary Cynthia Hillson, is unable to explain how I am continually led to share more about this ministry through products, writings and lectures all centered around true Biblical fragrances. I do know that The Holy Spirit doesn’t need an explanation . . .  He is  . . . Who He is . . . And He is Perfect. 

Over the last 19 years I often wanted to write everything and begin to distribute the insights from His Word and the incredible natural fragrances all at once. But as everyone who is on their own journey with Our Beloved we must remind ourselves “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”     Ecclesiastes 3:1  As I pondered this Scripture I found the Holy Spirit amazing in the timing of the unveiling of my Ketoret teaching. But first a little background of this teaching. 
 
In 2008 I published two books: Precious Oils ~ A Study of the Fragrances of the Bible and The Precious Oils of the Bible: Ancient Secrets ~ Modern Uses. I had just returned home from Israel  where I had spent a lot of time in the botanical gardens of Israel as well as the Temple Mount and The Temple Institute. Upon my return home I wrote those books as it was at this time I knew that the next few months, and years, would continue to reveal His purpose of this ministry of connecting Biblical botanicals with words and pure essential oils from Israel and around the world.   My love for Ketoret, The Holy Incense, actually began eleven years ago in September 1999 during my first journey to Israel. As I sat in The Temple Institute in the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel, the message of Ketoret was planted in my heart. Fascinated with the jars of botanicals on display I wanted to open them up and smell the ingredients of the Holy Incense. I took my notepad and jotted down the ingredients. When I got home I began to do an in-depth study of them knowing that there had to be the Ancient Secrets held within the Holy Incense and Holy Oil recipes given to Moses in Exodus 30. I also knew that one day these messages needed to be published and shared. At this time we are expounding on The Ancient Secrets of the Ketoret.

I gathered all of the ingredients for the Ketoret using pure essential oils from around the world, except for the mysterious onchya that still to this day is not identifiable.  Today, the common substitution for the claw-like botanical onchya is cloves. I blended a small bottle of the oil and let it rest for two weeks just as an Apothecary would do when blending a fine perfume.

To read further please go to my web site  http://www.thefragrantbride.com/page7.html 

Blessings, 

Apothecary Cynthia Hillson 

www.TheFragrantBride.com

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