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Myrrh a fragrant spice derived from the sap of a tree native to the Near East. Like frankincense, it can be used as incense, but in the ancient world, it also had wider usage as a perfume, anointing oil, and was even imbibed as a medicinal tonic. Myrrh and frankincense place a significant role in the life of Jesus. It seems, at first glance at the Old Testament, that olive oil (or anointing oil) had predominantly a religious purpose. Not only would you pour oil on the head of a high priest, but also this “holy” oil would sprinkle on furnishings in the Tabernacle (Exodus 25:6), a transportable temple for God’s people until they created a permanent place of worship during the time of Solomon. Olive oil also was used during the beautification process in Esther 2:12. Here at Shannon Palmer ministries, we fast and pray over the oil night and day, asking God to send signs, miracles, and healing. We know that the oil is not a healing agent. It is God himself who anointed it. 

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