A friend of mine, Tony, wanted to choose a gift to someone who was Christian and special to him because his birthday was coming up. Walking around some Christian supplies stores around the Brisbane area, he mentioned to me that it was challenging to select an appropriate gift for his friend. He also said he bought different gifts before, but he felt disconnected.
The church Tony went to burnt incenses occasionally, for example, frankincense which people enjoyed very much.
I then suggested him to search for the term "aloes" which means agarwood in the Bible. He was interested and thanked me for the information. The below was some information in the Holy Bible.
Reasons why Agarwood is a thoughtful gift for Christians
Biblical References to Agarwood
"Aloes that Jehovah has planted."
Agarwood was named as the Wood of God. The reason: Jehovah has planted it
Aloes were used to perfume garments and beds, according to the Bible. (Psalm 45:8; Proverbs 7:17; Song of Solomon 4:14) The aloe vera of Scripture most likely came from Agarwood (Aquilaria). When the wood has decayed, it secretes fragrant oil and resin
In the Old Testament, noble and alluring fragrance of aloeswood (agarwood) is noted in Psalm 45:8, when describing a king's wedding preparations: "All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia.”
The appealing power of aromatics, including agarwood, is further examined in Song of Songs 4:14, when one lover praises the other for their attractive qualities: “Your plants are an orchard of every kind of incense tree, with myrrh and aloes and all the finest spices.”
The tents of Israel are likened to "aloes that Jehovah has planted" in the Bible. (Numbers 24:5, 6) This might be a reference to the form of the Agarwood tree, which can grow up to 30 meters tall and spread outwards. Although this tree does not grow in modern Israel.
A Dictionary of the Biblestates that “there is nothing to forbid the idea that this and other trees not now known in [the region] were cultivated in the then wealthy and populous Jordan Valley.”
In the New Testament, Agarwood is mentioned several times in the Holy Bible, often referred to as "aloes." One of the most notable references is in the Gospel of John (John 19:39-40), where Nicodemus, a Pharisee and secret follower of Jesus, brings a mixture of myrrh and aloes to anoint Jesus' body after the crucifixion. This passage highlights the rarity and value of agarwood, as well as its role in sacred rituals.
Agarwood, known as aloeswood, appeared in the Holy Bible.
Jesus' body was anointed with myrrh and agarwood after being crucified. It was also a customary practice for the bride and groom to plant an agarwood tree as part of their wedding celebrations in the early Christian Church. Agarwood has long been valued by Catholicism, Protestantism, and other Christian denominations.
In addition, the priests and Christian believers use Agarwood in blessing, prayers and funerals.
“ You loved righteousness,+ and you hated wickedness.+ That is why God, your God, has anointed you+ with the oil of exultation+ more than your companions. your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia.”
(Song of Solomon 4:14)
“And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.” (John 19:39-40)
You will feel better connected to Him when using Agarwood.
If God planted it, would you like to use it?
"The resin, gums and woods of the evergreen plants brought spiritual enlightenment through their vapourous release when used as incense.." (Ross 2010)
Would you like to have a better connection with God spiritually by using what He planted?
Many people believe when you pray with intention, you establish a connection with God, and incense acts as a "medium". Better yet, the material that make the incense you are burning, are planted by God.
A Meaningful Gift for Christians
Given its deep-rooted connection to biblical events and Christian tradition, agarwood makes for a truly meaningful and thoughtful gift for Christians. Presenting agarwood as a gift can symbolize several spiritual and emotional aspects:
Connection to the divine: As agarwood is linked to sacred rituals and divine presence in the Bible, gifting it to someone can represent a wish for the recipient to experience a closer connection with God and spiritual growth.
Expressing love and care: Agarwood's association with love and intimacy in biblical passages, such as Proverbs 7:17, can make it a fitting gift to express love, care, and appreciation for a loved one or a fellow believer.
Encouragement and support: As the story of Nicodemus demonstrates, agarwood played a role in anointing Jesus' body, signifying reverence and honor. Gifting agarwood can thus convey encouragement and support, acknowledging the recipient's spiritual journey and efforts.
Rarity and value: Agarwood's scarcity and worth make it a luxurious and unique gift, reflecting the special bond between the giver and the recipient.
Finally, Agarwood does not have an expired date. It improves with age. The oil will become more viscous and smells smoother. If a perfume has genuine oud oil in it, it will have a longer shelf life.
The wood chips smell sweeter and smoother. Incense contains Agarwood chips will have the same properties, more aromatic after many years of storage.
How to use Agarwood if you are a Christian
Incense is used in Christian culture to create a pleasing atmosphere for worship. It is also used as a symbol of prayer, and to represent the prayers of the faithful rising to God.
The use of incense in Christian worship can be traced back to the Old Testament when it was used in religious ceremonies and as a part of the sacrificial system. In the New Testament, we see that incense is still being used in worship, particularly in the book of Revelation. Here, we are told that the prayers of the saints are represented by the smoke of incense rising before God.
The use of incense is also a reminder of the time when the Israelites were in the desert and their tents were filled with the fragrance of Jehovah. This was a time when they were close to God and His presence was with them. When we use agarwood as incense, it is a reminder that we are close to God and His presence is with us.
You can also dab the oil oil on your wrist or around your neck. Wear it as a perfume.
You may also be interested in perfume made with other sacred aromatic ingredients in addition to Agarwood
Fragrance oils made with Sacred ingredients
There's something special about these fragrance oils since they were created at the same time as the world. There is a holy life force from God. God formed the plants on the earth to nourish our bodies and help us grow .
Christians believe each of us is a gift from God. To be a blessing to one another, God has allowed each of us to survive in this world. We are here on earth to serve one another. When we follow this humble and empathetic practice, we pay tribute to our divine purpose and benefit one another. Our Lord will anoint us with the anointing oil.
This oil is made from agarwood, frankincense, sandalwood or rose. Take this blend and put it on your body which will brighten up your heart and spirit, as well as your body and mind. TRNP Oud Attar Oil Zeeba is crafted with the above ingredients.
You can also share this divine scent with more people by diffusing it with your ultrasonic diffuser.
In short, Aloeswood (Agarwood) is a thoughtful gift for Christians as it helps them feel spiritually connected to God. The Bible mentioned the tree was planted by God Jehovah. You can use Agarwood chips, Agarwood incense and Agarwood oils to achieve this connection. If you’re looking for an aromatic way to deepen your spiritual practice, try our agarwood range today.