By: Tim Sader
Then shalt thou take the anointing oil, and pour it upon his head, and anoint him.
Late Saturday night I was watching God TV and a friend of mine with very limited knowledge of scripture stopped by since we were still awake. During the Worship at the beginning of a conference the worship leader kept saying, pour out your oil send your oil Lord. My friend not understanding this asked, “What is he talking about oil?” He was completely clueless to the meaning of oil in a biblical sense. Trying to answer him in simple terms for him to understand was not to hard. I just told him oil represents the lords anointing in the bible so they want him to send his anointing to their service. This answer was enough to put his mind at ease but it made me realize what little I understand about the meaning of oil in scripture. Then I realized others that hear about oil in a religious service may not truly understand the true significance of oil in The Word. Part of last week’s scripture in the 23rd Psalm briefly mentioned the writer, David having his head anointed with oil. This psalm was possibly written as David was fleeing one of his many adversaries from kings or armies. David knew he had the Anointing to be King as a young boy tending his father’s flocks. 1 Samuel 16:13 says, “Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward.” This brings us to one of the many ways oil is used throughout the bible for covenant, communication and spiritual symbolism. This list represents some of the ways oil was and is still being used by believers today. That being said oil as a holy substance or a symbol is used:
To Allow his Spirit in Us – When the Prophet Samuel anointed David with oil the spirit of the Lord entered into him. David was filled with the Holy Spirit and told he was to be King. In 1 Samuel 16:14 it says the spirit left Saul and an evil spirit troubled him causing a chain of events that eventual lead David to his throne over Israel. The important thing to see here is not that the spirit left King Saul but it entered David. As Christians we belong to the kingdom of God and we know that Christ remains on the throne of David forever (Luke 1:32,33). Therefore as joint heirs with Christ we have the Spirit of the Lord inside of us, we are his anointed.
To Consecrate – The history of oil being used for religious practices goes back the time of Jacob in Genesis 28. They poured oil out on pillars representing certain places where they had experiences with the Lord. The land was dedicated to a sacred purpose, which is the definition of consecrate. This practice of consecration is then perfected in Exodus 30 with the holy formula for anointing oil. This oil was to be used in consecrating the tabernacle of the congregation and all the holy things used by the priests for their duties. Exodus 30:30 says, “And thou shalt anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister unto me in the priest’s office.” This scripture shows that people can be dedicated to a sacred purpose as well. The priests had a high calling on their lives and had to perform all the religious duties of the people. They even had to carry the tabernacle from camp to camp and follow strict orders for setting it up and tearing it down. In Hebrews 3 it says Christ is our high priest so again if we are followers of Christ we are consecrated by his anointing oil.
To Sanctify – Consecration and Sanctification are very much alike except for a few small details. Sanctification is more so referring to a person set apart for religious use instead of other non-living objects. It also brings the person who is sanctified to a certain level of obligation to live their life according to higher standard of morals. It comes with a demand for respect by others that may not come from only being consecrated. Leviticus 8:12 says, “And he poured of the anointing oil upon Aaron’s head, and anointed him, to sanctify him.” Aaron was the High Priest over the entire nation. He was the example and others looked up to him for answers and support in their time of need. Again as followers of Christ we should strive to live a sanctified life. When they see us coming they should know we are children of God and they should want to have some of what we got.
To Cleanse – One of the many duties of the priest was to determine and prevent the spread of contagious skin infections such as leprosy. They were given certain guidelines to follow for cleansing people stricken by such a plague. In Leviticus 14 these laws are explained, he is to use the anointing oil rubbing it on a series of body parts then he is to pour what remain on his head. After this he must prepare a sacrifice to make atonement for him to the Lord. 1 John 1:9 tells us, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Now as Christians to be cleansed all we have to do is ask and we will be cleansed. Jesus was our sacrifice he cleanses us from our sins as well as other forms of unrighteousness that may attach itself to us. The anointing oil and sacrifice of Christ has the power to cleanse our souls.
To Gain the Lords Inheritance – Earlier we seen where David received the anointing of the Holy Spirit to become King. We looked at the scripture in Luke 1 that said we are joint heirs with Christ. Sometime before David the prophet Samuel anointed Saul with oil making him the rightful King before David. 1 Samuel 10:1 says, “Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said, is it not because the LORD hath anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance?” This again shows how we are anointed by the oil of Christ’s glory and how that anointing gives us the right to inherit the kingdom of God with Christ. Also when we die we know our inheritance is eternal life so we have nothing to fear if we truly believe.
Oil in scripture is very important in defining what is holy and what is not. When someone is anointed by Christ they are dedicated to him and their life should reflect his image. We should strive to be sanctified children of God so they will want what we got and so they will follow Christ to. Is this not the purpose of the gospel to show Christ’s love and share his anointing with the world around us? Do you need more of this oil in your life? Do you want to be saturated in his anointing? Then ask for it. Remember 1 John 3:22, “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.” Ask him to pour his oil over your life. As his anointing covers you it will bring you closer to him. If we draw near to him he will draw near to us and soon his anointing will cover our entire life and we will live our inheritance, his kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. We will ask and receive of him freely when our life becomes what he wants it to be. We are his anointed! Praise God!
This message was so good and goes so deep we will have to continue next week and truly the best is yet to come. We have only scratched the surface of what his oil can do for us and how we can use his oil in our everyday life. I hope you can now understand why we should ask for his oil and next time you feel insignificant I pray for his oil in your life.