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The pomegranate scent of this anointing oil is inspired by the many Biblical references to its symbolism of righteousness. God told Moses to place embroider the bottom of the high priest’s robe with blue, purple and scarlet pomegranates with golden bells between them (Ex. 28:33, 34). The robe was for Aaron to wear in the Holy of Holies so he would not die. Many other Old Testament references place the pomegranate in high reverence such as on Solomon’s temple’s column capitals and on a coronet the same king designed. Did you know when those of the Jewish faith celebrate Rosh HaShanah in the latter weeks of September, many make it a point to include pomegranates with their feasts? Their tradition today and in the past portrays the pomegranate as a symbol of righteousness.
In the New Testament book of Luke there is the story of an anointing event that happened in the early days of Jesus’ ministry. A woman of the street entered uninvited into a house where Jesus was a dinner guest. Kneeling at his feet, she anointed them. With her tears, she dampened them. With her hair, she dried them. With her lips, she continually kissed them. When the host, a Pharisee, challenged Jesus for allowing this, he responded with the teaching of the “Unforgiving Debtor.” When he had finished his teaching he asked, “Do you see this woman?” He then went on to declare, “Her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little loves little” (Luke 7:41-48). Apparently, according to these words of Jesus, true righteousness comes and is evidenced by a completely changed heart.
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