–Following Samuel’s execution of King Agag of Amalek, the Lord instructs him to anoint David as king. (1 Samuel 15:32-16:13)
–Following the rebuilding of Jericho (place of fragrance), Elijah appears on the scene. (1 Kings 16:33-17:1)
–Following Elijah’s destruction of the 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah and his subsequent flight, God instructs him to anoint Hazael as king of Syria, Jehu as king of Israel, and Elisha as prophet. (1 Kings 19:16)
I find these sequences of events interesting and wonder if Samuel’s destruction of Agag (carrying the spirit of Amalek) and Elijah’s destruction of the pagan prophets (carrying the spirits of Baal and Asherah) ‘opened the door’ for a release of the Holy Spirit. Is the rebuilding of Jericho (place of fragrance) a clue? Did the destruction of the carriers of the spirits of Amalek, Baal, and Asherah remove a stench?
There are more insights to be gained. When Hiel rebuilt Jericho, it was with the death of his sons Abiram (proud) and Segub (elevated). When Mary anointed the feet of Jesus with nard and wiped his feet with her hair, the whole house was filled with the fragrance (John 12:3). Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere (2 Corinthians 2:14). Scripture counts our prayers as incense (Psalm 141:2, Revelation 5:8, 8:3-4).
We thank You, Christ Jesus, for Your triumph over the stench of the grave. We thank You for leading us in triumph! Help us to lead lives of humility, adoration, and prayer and teach others to do likewise that the Mississippi Delta may become a place of fragrance. Amen.