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The Nativity Tree: Day 4 – Cinnamon / Dried Fruit

Bible Reading: Luke 1:5-10

Let’s look at today’s scripture. Herod is king of Judea (37B.C. – 4B.C.). Zechariah is a descendant of Aaron and a member of one of the 24 groups of priests – the Abijah group. Each group served in the temple for 1 week, twice a year.

The burning of incense was considered one of the highest privileges of the priests. So when it was his group’s time, they choose who got this special duty by drawing lotsit’s like drawing the short straw. This week, Zechariah “won” this honor, to burn incense.

In Exodus 30:1-10 we learn of God’s instructions for building & using the Altar of Incense. It was to be placed outside the curtain to the Holy of Holies (where God resided) and was to burn continuously. God gave instructions that Aaron was to burn incense every morning & again at twilight. God also gives instructions for making the incense in Exodus 30:34-38. We also learn that no one should make any for themselves (like perfume), since it is God’s own special formula.

Notice that while Zechariah is burning incense, all the people were praying outside the temple (v.10). The altar of incense thus symbolizes our prayers going up toward God. Our prayers mix with the incense/smoke and offer a sweet & pleasing smell to God. In fact, we see in Revelation 5:8 and 8:3-4, how bowls of incense are filled with the prayers of the saints (a.k.a. Christians).

Looking at 2 Corinthians 2:14-17, we are reminded:

“For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.” ~ 2 Corinthians 2:15

Today’s ornaments are not incense, but are smelly. Looking at old American traditions, oranges covered with cloves & anise are used for pleasant smelly decorations. Herb bundles or nosegays, are also another smelly option. However, I think most folks these days like cinnamon. Choose a combination or just one simple stick of cinnamon (I made mine into a cross) to place on your tree to help remind us, that we are to be a pleasing aroma to God. (p.s. – If you need a bath or a good dunking, go take one now! 😉

Christmas Music:

Ornament Ideas: Cinnamon / Dried Fruit

Cinnamon Spice Ornaments
Cinnamon Stick Crosses
Cinnamon Stick Ornaments
Clove Oranges
How to Make Dried Orange Slices
Dried Orange Ornaments
Cinnamon Stick Himmeli
Essential Oil Diffuser Ornaments

Coloring / Art Ideas:

Christmas Scented Playdough
Natural Cinnamon Playdough
2 Ways to Make Cinnamon Scented Pinecones
The Nativity Tree: Day 4 Cinnamon -