And they buried him in his own sepulchres, which he had made for himself in the city of David, and laid him in the bed which was filled with sweet odours and divers kinds of spices prepared by the apothecaries’ art: and they made a very great burning for him. (2 Chronicles 16:14 KJV)
A sweet smelling savour! There is nothing like it. We pay lots of money to get a nice odour, and we really do feel good when we smell good. We are proud of the mixture we carry in the glass or plastic bottle, and we are willing to apply some of it on our bodies in order to reflect a scent on the environment around us. Our friends commend our nice smell, and even our enemies envy us and wonder from what material we got this kind of aroma. But everything we are proud of, everything that makes us smell nice, every single bottle of that sweet aroma we hold in our hands, was compounded by the art of the apothecary.
The apothecary: He is a master at mixing spices. He is a master at compounding. Do you know what is compounding? It means to bring together lots of individual gems and spices, and mixing them together to produce an altogether new product- a wonder of the world around us. So, as we look at each bottle of perfume, and consider each oil in our hands, we behold in awe, the inestimable art of the apothecary.
You do see the perfume reeling in glory, but you never knew how much effort it took the apothecary- the years of learning his art, the months of collecting, of mixing (in the right proportions), the months of purifying (to get the purest), and many more just to get that thing out. Moreover the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even two hundred and fifty shekels, and of sweet calamus two hundred and fifty shekels, And of cassia five hundred shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of oil olive an hin: And thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil. (Exodus 30:22-25 KJV)
From whence does the apothecary get his wisdom? From the Almighty Himself; He is the Master Apothecary. He works not with spices and ointments, but with men and with experiences. With every passing day, He is pruning his children, He is purifying, He is mixing, He is compounding. And what does he seek? A sweet smelling savour, a pure perfume that can fill the whole earth with the odour of His perfumery. But who will surrender to Him? Who will allow Him to compound His mixtures?
How often we complain about the things we are passing through? How often we give in to depression and despair when God is exposing our weaknesses to us. But do you know why He is exposing your weaknesses unto you? Well, it is in keeping with the art of the apothecary. He is purging and pruning you so that your life can be an odour of sweet smell unto men and unto God Himself.
So, relax, lighten up, and leave the Apothecary to his art. He will not sit still at the sin in your life, unless He is no longer the Apothecary. He will not see a weakness in your life and not reveal it to you, unless He is no longer the Apothecary. He will not fail to expose you to necessary experiences for your manifestation, unless He is no longer the Apothecary. Everything he does in your life and through you is after the art of the apothecary.
So, rejoice when he disciplines you. Be thankful when he exposes your stupidity; He is preparing His ointment. Be not discouraged at the things He is dealing with in your life. If you will be humble, if you will accept correction, if you will repent and turn from wickedness, if you will fully submit to Him with a grateful heart, then you will indeed discover that He had never been careless in anything. Everything about your life and your journey had been compounded with the carefulness, tactfulness and wisdom of the apothecaries’ art.