Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day. Genesis 1:11-13
There was something to God placing Adam and Eve in a garden… just my opinion but I think He intended for us to enjoy the outdoors… There is something about being in Nature that brings me closer to my Creator… Do you like being in the outdoors? Does it make you feel closer to God?
I’m excited to share with y’all my oily love and dive into God’s Word together. I shared this information on Facebook through an event and decided to add it as blog posts so we could all visit the information again long after Facebook takes down the event.
The oils I’ll be sharing are from the the Twelve Oils of Ancient Scripture Collection from Young Living Essential Oils.
Disclaimer: I’m not a historian, just a homeschool mom who likes history and her Bible. I’m no theologian, just a pastor’s wife who can’t play the piano and I’m not a doctor, just a mom. Most of the information I’m sharing today comes from a few different places: my Bible, Healing Oils of the Bible by Dr. David Stewart, YoungLiving.com, the internet (I’ll try to link back to the sites where I get my info.) Let’s get started!
Now that essential oils are such a part of my life and knowing they came from my creator, I started to wonder why they aren’t mentioned more or explained in detail throughout scripture? But that is a little silly to think a theological text would go in depth into botanical medical information. Yet the Bible does mention 33 species and has 500 references to essential oils and the aromatic plants from which they came. (Stewart)
While this class is about Essential Oils and God’s Word, I hope to focus on the relationship of God to His creation rather than the oils mentioned or lack of detail in His Word. Oils were most often mentioned in relation to worship, religious ceremonies, and burials and as items of tithing.
Only occasionally does the Bible digress into the secular use of oils as perfumes and odors as in Esther and Song of Solomon, or agents of healing as in Numbers, Leviticus, Isaiah, Mark, John and James. The emotionally uplifting effects of inhaling the fragrances of oils are alluded to in Psalms, Proverbs, Isaiah and Hebrews.
Oils were such a part of the lives of people in Biblical times that it needs no further explanation… when did we drift so far away from natural medicine?