Frankincense is one of the three gifts given to Yeshua at His birth â€“ Gold, frankincense & myrrh (Matt. 2:11).
Myrrh comes from the word, marar, meaning to be grieved, make bitter, trickle, or to drop. The harvesting of myrrh was done by slicing the bark of the myrrh tree so that the precious resin oozes out and hardens into drops called â€œtearsâ€. Myrrhâ€™s fragrance is sweet to the smell but bitter to the taste which reminds us of the sweetness of our redemption but the bitter price that Yeshua paid to accomplish our salvation. The process of dying to self may at times be grievous and bitter but 2 Cor 4:17 reminds us that â€œâ€¦momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparisonâ€.
The aromas of frankincense and myrrh were present in tombs and temples since ancient times. These fragrances link to the dawning of civilized human society. Frankincense and myrrh are familiar botanical products in the east, where they've been used for millennia. Most people in the west are unfamiliar with the true identity of these enigmatic substances -- even though they are frequently mentioned in historical texts, especially scripture, (frankincense is mentioned 22 times in the Bible).