Exodus 30: Give God What He Deserves
There are many things that should only be reserved for God, and here is one of them from Exodus chapter 30.
Exo 30:31 And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, This shall be an holy anointing oil unto me throughout your generations.
Exo 30:32 Upon man’s flesh shall it not be poured, neither shall ye make any other like it, after the composition of it: it is holy, and it shall be holy unto you.
Exo 30:33 Whosoever compoundeth any like it, or whosoever putteth any of it upon a stranger, shall even be cut off from his people.
This type of oil was only supposed to be used for anointing the altar in the tabernacle. While God did provide a recipe for essentially anybody to make this perfume, He said that it should never be used for any human being.
Why would this be? Why does God really care about something as simple as a perfume?
I think that God cares because it is important to recognize that God is different than we are. When we worship Him, there should be a difference. As the Creator of everything and the ultimate Ruler of everything in the universe, He should definitely be given the respect and reverence that He deserves. We need to be humble before Him, and part of that involves recognizing that God is so much above us.
Jas 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
That is one of the biggest reasons why it would be inappropriate for humans to use this perfume that was intended only for the worship of God. Although the focus of the passage is a little bit different, the overall message is pretty much the same.
Mar 12:17 And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marvelled at him.
In this passage, money was at the center of the discussion, but there are certain things that belong to God. In Rome, the Emperor was seen as a deity, so Jesus was essentially saying that you can’t do that. Your worship needs to go to Him; it is not belong to any person.
Again, I understand that it seems a little bit trivial to worry so much about perfume, but we cannot redirect things that were intended for God to humans. The focus needs to remain on God.