This is going to be long but well worth it!
When you mention Cinnamon to a modern western mind the only thing that pops up, at least in my mind is pancakes or Cinnamon buns and to our American brothers and sisters pumpkin pie etc. etc. With most of us the only interaction or point of reference with Cinnamon has been form a culinary perspective, but this is not the full understanding of our Creators blessing of aromatics, the blessings derived from aromatics are much, much, greater.
Ok so our subject is ‘’Covenant Intimacy’’ aka SEX this is a subject that is really close to my heart and I am sure it is so with every human being, yet it is so misunderstood and exploited.
In YHVH’s (The LORD’s) Word sexuality is spoken of very openly, in fact we have an entire book dedicated to this subject of man and woman’s sensual and at time very erotic interaction. In YHVH’s (The LORD’s) Word sex is spoken of openly but practiced with utmost sacred respect and privacy yet in the western world sex is not spoken about openly and is cheap, has almost zero sacredness and is practiced and flaunted publicly in movies, music, clothing and advertising etc. etc.
Once again, we have managed to get everything YHVH (The LORD) set out reversed! This is all that the enemy does and will ever do, is take everything YHVH (The LORD) has ordered and corrupt the order just like what cancer does with healthy DNA and the result?………………………Great PAIN and much SUFFERING!
Ok let’s get back to our subject, so everything around us was created as a suitable environment for ‘’Adam’’ and ‘’Adam’s’’ job was to look after the earth and MULTIPLY in it and fill it. Adam could not achieve this purpose alone (Very important point!) therefore Abba created Chavah (Eve) and instituted the covenant of marriage to accomplish this task. Therefore we learn that the fulfillment of the purpose of creation can only be accomplished via the covenant of marriage and the covenant of marriage is ESTABLISHED and MAINTAINED via sex.
So for those who are not aware the question would probably be ‘’how is sex actually linked to covenant?’’ Well the answer comes from understanding the ancient process of making ‘’blood’’ covenant, when we look into ancient covenant making ritual we find that two parties would come into covenant agreement (which is a unbreakable promise) and they would slaughter an animal, cut it in half and spread its blood on the ground and walk through the blood and pieces making their oaths/vows in the name of their gods and most importantly swearing that if either broke the terms and conditions of ‘’the covenant’’ that the punishment be that they end up like the slaughtered animal. Now is this Scriptural? Yes it is the same process of covenant making found in the Scripture, for the first example we must turn to Bereshit (Genesis) and look at the witness of YHVH (The LORD) making covenant with Abraham.
Gen 15:8-10 But he said, “Adoni (My Master) YHVH (LORD), how am I to know that I shall possess it?” 9 He said to him, “Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” 10 And he brought him all these, cut them in half, and laid each half over against the other. But he did not cut the birds in half. Gen 15:17 When the sun had gone down and it was dark, behold, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces. 18 On that day YHVH (the LORD) made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your offspring I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates, (Yes, the very same Land the world is now trying to force Israel to give to the Palestinians, if only they knew who’s Covenant they are trying to break)
So the natural question is how is marriage a blood covenant? Well a woman was designed with a hymen which is a physical and Spiritual seal of purity and when a woman went into the covenant of marriage the seal would be broken and ‘’blood’’ released. In Ancient Israelite practice there would be a special sheet that would be laid on the bed in the wedding chamber and after the marriage was ‘’sealed’’ that sheet would be proof of the brides purity. Deu 22:13 “If any man takes a wife and goes in to her and then hates her 14 and accuses her of misconduct and brings a bad name upon her, saying, ‘I took this woman, and when I came near her, I did not find in her evidence of virginity,’ 15 then the father of the young woman and her mother shall take and bring out the evidence of her virginity to the elders of the city in the gate. This ‘’Blood’’ covenant is the reason that most women bond so strongly to the first man they have sex with, this is where the idea of a ‘’soul tie’’ comes from. Why? Because Torah tells us that ‘’the soul’’ is in ‘’The Blood.’’
Lev 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life.
The word translated here as the English word ‘’life’’ is the Hebrew Word ‘’Nephesh’’ Strong’s # H5315 and this word is most times translated as ‘’Soul.’’ This is so amazing! We must always realise that every detail of creation and especially the creation and design of Adam (Mankind) was/is a master piece in craftsmanship none of what makes up Adam’s (Mankind’s) body is a useless no longer applicable throwback from ‘’evolution,’’ everything especially when it comes to Adam’s (mankind’s) ability to procreate has great importance as procreation is our greatest calling and purpose of our existence. In YHVH’s (The LORD’s) Torah aka ‘’The Covenant Contract’’ in ideal circumstances both male and female must shed blood via their reproductive organs to enter The Covenant with Him, a male must go through physical circumcision at birth or at such a time as he takes on the sign of The Covenant just like Abraham did and the female goes through the breaking of her hymen on consummation/confirmation of the marriage covenant. If ever there was a righteous form of female circumcision this would be it!
After that process as the couple’s relationship matured each sexual encounter would confirm and strengthen the covenant via the deposit of the husband’s seed. Hang in there we going to get to the cinnamon I promise, but we need to first lay down some very important foundations. Every human interaction is there to teach us about YHVH/Messiah and His interaction with us. Is this farfetched? No, Scripture tells us Messiah is the Bridegroom/Husband and Israel (The Church) is the Bride/Wife. Messiah tells us His Word is ‘’seed,’’ Scripture likens women to the land, and as the Word/Seed is deposited into us (The Bride) we begin to have stronger bonds with Messiah and eventually we bear ‘’fruit’’ of relationship aka children.
This is the reason that sex is one of, or if not the most powerful driving force in this world and this fact unfortunately is the reason that the enemy does everything in his power to pervert it!
OK so FINALLY how do these scents fit into all this?
Well let’s look to science to see what they can tell us regarding our sense of smell and its effect on our brains. Our sense of smell is part of and effects the part of our brains called the limbic system which has many parts our olfactory bulb being one of them these structures “work together to affect a wide range of behaviors including emotions, motivation, and memory” (Athabasca University-Advance Biological Psychology Tutorials). Our Limbic systems control our instinctive and automatic behaviors.
Wow our sense of smell affects our.
Behaviors Emotions Motivation Memory
Do you think that it’s possible that the wisest man to ever live King Solomon, a man given wisdom direct from YHVH (The LORD) as a Special Gift knew this?
Let’s find out.
Pro 27:9 ‘’Oil’’ and ‘’perfume’’ MAKE the heart GLAD, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel.
Wow so scents do control our Emotions and therefore motivation and therefore behaviours which in turn creates memories. Memories are vital to any covenant relationship, it’s the reason the Torah is full of instructions to REMEMBER!
Let’s look at a few more text from King Solomon involving our sense of smell and covenant intimacy.
Son 4:10-16 How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much better is your love than wine, and the FRAGRANCE of your OILS than any SPICE! 11 Your lips drip nectar, my bride; honey and milk are under your tongue; the FRAGRANCE of your garments is like the FRAGRANCE of Lebanon. 12 A garden (land/ground for seed) locked is my sister, my bride, a spring locked, a fountain sealed. 13 Your shoots are an orchard of pomegranates with all choicest fruits, henna with nard, 14 nard and saffron, calamus and Cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense, myrrh and aloes, with all choice spices– 15 a garden fountain, a well of living water, and flowing streams from Lebanon. 16 Awake, O north wind, and come, O south wind! Blow upon my garden, let its spices flow. Let my beloved come to his garden, and eat its choicest fruits.
Son 1:12 While the king was on his couch, my nard gave forth its fragrance. 13 My beloved is to me a sachet of myrrh that lies between my breasts.
Son 5:1 I came to my garden, my sister, my bride, I gathered my myrrh with my spice, I ate my honeycomb with my honey, I drank my wine with my milk. Eat, friends, drink, and be drunk with love!
Son 5:4 My beloved put his hand to the latch, and my heart was thrilled within me. 5 I arose to open to my beloved, and my hands dripped with myrrh, my fingers with liquid myrrh, on the handles of the bolt.
Isn’t that just amazing that Solomon a picture of Messiah and His Bride a picture of Israel/’’The Church’’ intimate covenant interaction revolves so heavy around the sense of smell?
In-closing let’s take a look at our main focus text.
Pro 7:17 I have perfumed my BED with ‘’myrrh,’’ ‘’ aloes,’’ and ‘’Cinnamon.’’
Now let’s just settle the issue that may come and distract from this teaching, this lady is an adulteress for sure, but that does not mean that the methods she uses are evil. Her entire body when used to serve her Husband is Holy and when used to serve another man is evil. It is not the fact that she perfumed her bed or the aromatics themselves but rather it is the fact she used what she normally used to serve her husband to serve another man. Israel has always done this Eze 16 among other texts is a good example. Prayer to YHVH (the LORD) is Good prayer to another elohim (god) Evil, prayer in its self is neutral, just as the aromatics and methods mention in this text are both neutral.
Why are these three particular scents or oils used? Let’s take a closer look at them.
Let’s start with Cinnamon because in my experience this has been the oil that has had the most effect in my covenant intimacy experience. Frankincense is my favourite oil and I have mentioned before how Cinnamon is a close second and this is the reason why! HaleluYah! In cinnamons molecular structure are natural chemicals called Aldehydes and Ketones and these chemicals are also found in human sex hormones, in both Testosterone (The male sex hormone) and Progesterone (The female sex hormone)! Imagine that! And therefore cinnamon is a powerful aphrodisiac.
It doesn’t stop there! Cinnamon also contains high levels of Phenylpropanoids and Phenylpropanoids are known to clean our cells receptor sites, without clean cell receptor sites our cells cannot ‘’communicate’’ effectively and therefore without clean cell receptor sites our bodies begin to malfunction! WOW, is this not what sex is about, CONNECTION? Two cells or organisms (husband and wife) making up the structure of The Body of Messiah (Israel) needing to be able to clearly and cleanly connect to each other in order to communicate!? If the connection is at optimum then the relationship (Body) flourishes and if the connection is impeded the relationship (Body) becomes ill and is in danger of being destroyed! WOW, you can’t make this stuff up! This natural aphrodisiac mentioned throughout the Bible 1000’s of years ago with regards to sexuality actually improves connections on a cellular level as well on a relational aka sexual level! Mind Blown!
There is one more effect that has that I believe is the most important factor that makes Cinnamon invaluable when it comes to covenant intimacy, but I will stop here for now as the post is getting way to long! If you excited by what you have read so far join us on our Facebook page, where YHVH (The LORD)Willing soon we be offering to our friends our mini e-book where in we will be sharing the last and most important attribute on Cinnamons effect on covenant intimacy as well as other really important aspects to improving covenant intimacy and many more Torah and Tanakh little known wonders with regards to Ancient Biblical Healing via anointing oils and spices etc.
For now we going to just lightly touch on the last two scents and like I said if your interest is peeked join us end of Feb to learn more.
Myrrh has the spiritual sense of making one humble and it our belief that humility is one of the most powerful characteristics to fostering good covenant bonds.
Sandalwood/Aloes has the spiritual qualities of Meditation and Royalty, this is so important as we got to understand/meditate on the fact that our sexuality reflects YHVH’s (The LORD’s) intimacy with Israel/The Church, the Royal Priesthood nation (Exo 19:5). This is a vital key for our King and creator to smile upon our most intimate covenant moments so that He may bestow on us that extra special blessing of His Ruach (Spirit) that’s takes our natural and therefore limited bodily functions to the realm of the super natural!
What an amazing and awesome Creator, Father and King, to give all these amazing blessings! You know He didn’t have to, He could have made this world and our bodies very differently HE could have made everything purely functional with zero pleasure, but this is what He chose to do for ‘’us’’ for you and I as a gift out of the Goodness of His Heart.
For this I am eternally grateful to YHVH (The LORD) Avinu (our Father) Malkeinu (our King).
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