Aloes Spiritual Significance in the Bible

Aloes Spiritual Significance – Aloes in the Bible

I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. Proverbs 7:17

There are two plants referred to as aloes in the Bible.  One is a rich, fragrant resin formed in the heartwood of the aquilaria tree, in response to a natural parasite, fungal, or mold attack. Burying the logs, the outer part decays while the inner, saturates with this resin. The tree may also be deliberately wounded to make it susceptible to attack. Thus, the fungus and decomposition process can take over several hundred years to produce, making it one of the most rare and expensive oils. The wounding of the heartwood of the tree.

In Isaiah 53:5, Isaiah prophesied of the Messiah’s crucifixion, saying, But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Deliberately wounded for our disobedience of the law, Yeshua took our punishment so that we could be reconciled to God and walk again in the fullness of God.

The second is lign aloes mentioned in Balaam’s blessing for Israel. Numbers 24:6 says, As the valleys are they spread forth, as gardens by the river’s side, as the trees of lign aloes which the LORD hath planted, [and] as cedar trees beside the waters.

The Arabic word for aloes in this verse means little tents, derived from the triangular shape of the capsules from the lign aloes trees, and its resin emits this fragrant spice. These little tents refer to a tent on the housetop- a place of intimacy or bridal tent. It was a common practice in the Middle East to build a small honeymoon suite on the rooftop of a house. 2 Samuel 16:22 tells how they spread a tent on the top of the house for Absalom.

After the betrothal ceremony in ancient Israel, the bridegroom left the bride’s home and returned to his father’s house to prepare for his wedding day. Before departing, he made a special promise to his bride: I go and prepare a place for you and when it is ready, I will return for you. During this time of separation, the groom built a bridal chamber or tent attached to his father’s house, while the bride gathered her trousseau and made herself ready for his return.

Like an Israeli bridegroom, Yeshua comforts His disciples with these same words before He returns to His Father’s house, spoken in the ancient Jewish rite in John 14:1-2: Let not your heart be troubled… In my Father’s house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

He reaffirms His followers that He will come to sequester us into the bridal tent He has made ready for His bride.

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