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Alabaster Box Dance Ministry
She anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. John 12:3


Alabaster Box is taken from the scriptures in Matthew 26 : 6- 12 when Mary shows her great love for Jesus by breaking open her alabaster box and pouring her oil (praise) on Him. We want our praise to be to Jesus like the oil in Mary’s alabaster box.

Colors and what they mean:

RED - blood of Jesus, Sin washed clean, Warfare, Holy Spirit Isa. 1:18

YELLOW - celebration, joy, gift Ps. 68:13

BLUE - Heaven, Spirit of God, healing Prov. 20:30

GREEN - renewal, new beginning Gen 9:3

TURQUOISE - Yeshua, Jesus

PURPLE - Noble, virtuous, royalty, the throne of God Mark 15:17

PLUM - richness, God’s abundance, infilling of the Holy Spirit

WHITE - Sins washed clean, purity and holiness Isa. 1:18

BLACK - sin and death Lam 5:10

SILVER - redemption of God’s people Proverbs 2:3-4

GOLD - Glory of God, wisdom, truth, righteousness, precious Col 2:3

BROWN - Repented, born again Gen. 30:33

BRONZE / BRASS - God’s judgment , strength Rev. 1:15

YELLOW / RED/ ORANGE - the fire and the Holy Spirit Ex 3:2

You will find that there may be more symbolism found for the same colors. This is just a prayerful list of what we have studied and found.

Why we use banners and other instruments of worship:

In the Old Testament we read that flags were also called banners, standards or ensigns. These bright pieces of fabric declared and identified armies marching into battle, while displaying God's protection over His people.

Today, we use worship instruments to openly proclaim our love for Jesus. We also use our worships instruments on a spiritual warfare level when we recognize the spiritual battle that is going on in the heavenlies, effecting our churches, homes and everywhere we go.

Ephesians 6:12, "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."

We are also declaring freedom to worship openly. In 2 Cor 3:17 it says: Now, the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom

The tambourine has been used since ancient Biblical times in worship and warfare. We see it was used to celebrate victory in warfare. Below I have listed a few scriptures but I encourage you to research and find more on your own.

  • In Isaiah 30:32, Lord defeated His enemies to the sound of the tambourine.
  • In Exodus 15:20, our sister Miriam led the women in praising God for their deliverance from Egypt.
  • In 1 Samuel 18:6, you will find David celebrating victory over the Philistines.
  • In Judges 11:34 we find Jephtah's daughter meeting him after his victory

Here are a few more scriptures of evidence of the tambourine, other worship instruments and dance being used in Biblical times.

  • Psalm 68:25
  • Psalm 81:2
  • Psalm 149:3 Let them praise His name with dancing.
  • Psalm 150:4 Praise Him with tambourine and dance.
  • 1 Samuel 10:5
  • 2 Samuel 6:5
  • 1 Chronicles 13:8
  • Jeremiah 31:4

"And David danced before the lord with all his might" 2 Samuel 6:14

If you would like more information, please contact
Margo Rasmussen at 245-2066

Community Worship Center
114 Minnesota Street
Sandstone, MN 55072

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