By: Tim Sader
Then shalt thou take the anointing oil, and pour it upon his head, and anoint him.
Last week we discussed how oil was used to define certain traditions, rituals and practices through the bible. We recognized a need to understand oil as a holy substance and symbol in context to how the Lord pours out his anointing in our daily lives. There is a true need to understand these principles so we can live an anointed life. We saw that oil was used to allow the spirit in us since Christ is our king and his kingdom is our inheritance. Oil is used for consecration and sanctification to set objects and people apart to be holy unto the Lord. Sanctification comes with a demand for respect by others; when they see what we got going on they should want it. We discussed the priests duties to cleanse infectious skin conditions to keep them from spreading. In 1 John 1:9 we read, “he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” The final point we discussed was how the Lords anointing helps us gain our inheritance in Christ. We saw how first of all it anoints us and makes his spirit live on the inside of us causing us to learn his ways. Through the sacrifice of Christ we are cleansed from all unrighteousness, inherit the kingdom of God and eternal life. As we become sanctified others will be drawn to the anointing we have and will want to walk in it with us. In this final list we will discuss oil even more. So finally the deeper things oil is used for:
6. To Make Provision – In 2 Kings 4 the prophet Elisha meets a woman whose husband had died, owing money to creditors. To pay them she had no choice but to give her sons as bondsman to work off the father’s debt. Elisha asks the woman what she owns and finds out she only has a pot of oil. The widow by the man of Gods instruction collects all the vessels she can find, locks up her and her sons in obedience to the prophet and begins pouring the oil into the vessels. By verses 6 and 7 of 2 Kings 4 something amazing happens, it says; “And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, there is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest.” Just like this widow when we follow the instruction of the Lord he becomes or provision. We will want for nothing when he anoints us.
7. As an Offering – One way the Lord provides abundance for us is through our tithes and offerings to him. Malachi 3:10 says, “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, I will open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.” Also in Nehemiah 10 it tells us when we give our offering that was partly of oil at that time, we will not forsake the house of our God. By giving our portion of oil through our tithes and offerings of obedience and praise he provides us with more than enough to supply all our needs.
8. To Purify – In Esther 1, 2 we read a story of King Ahasuerus commanding his wife to make an appearance at some kind of big celebration. She disobeyed him, which made the king furious so he went to his advisors and worked out a plan to find a new queen. Ester was a woman from the Jewish providence who was beautiful and found favor in the eyes of the king. Esther 2:12 says, “after that she had been twelve months, according to the manner of the women, (for so were the days of their purifications accomplished, to wait, six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with sweet odours, and with other things for the purifying of the women).” Part of the purification for a bride was with oil of myrrh, which I assume had something to do with preparing the perfect bride. Christ is our King also referred to as the bridegroom and just like King Ahasuerus he is looking for the perfect bride. The church is to become this bride so we must go through purification to be a bride fitting for our King. We need to pour his oil into our lives. This fragrance needs to be on everything in our lives so he will be pleased to look on us as a beautiful bride. Matthew 5:8 says, “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” Do you want to see and know God? Then always do your part to be pure and serve him and you will see God just as Jesus said you would.
9. To Cause Joy and Gladness – One way we can recognize the Lords pouring out of anointing and oil on us is through joy and gladness. Psalm 45:7 and Hebrews 1:9 both say, “Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.” When we are anointed by the Lord people will notice we are not worried with the things of this world. They will see a smile on our face and a skip in our step despite what may be happening ecause we belong to His Kingdom. Isaiah 61:3 reads, “To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.” Even in morning we can feel the oil of joy not because we have lost something but so that his righteousness may be glorified.
10. To Heal The Sick – So far we have mostly talked about oil as a symbol of anointing or evidence of oil through bearing of spiritual fruit. Anointing physically with oil today is a wonderful symbol of our dedication to the Lord and it awakens the spirit inside of us. Biblically the main reason to anoint with oil according to Jesus and the early church is for healing the sick. Mark 6:12-13 says, “They went out, and preached that men should repent. And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.” Later on in James 5:14-15 tells us, “Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.” As the church we are called to heal the sick and this verse clearly tells us how to do that. Notice also the same power to heal is the power that forgives sins. Therefore being forgiven our sins means that we have the right to be healed also by the oil of Christ’s anointing.
As we have seen in this study the anointing oil of the Lord fills us with his Holy Spirit. When His spirit fills us anything is possible. We find gifts and bear fruit we never knew we had. When we consecrate and purify ourselves onto the Lord it is no longer us who lives but Christ who lives inside of us. The closer we get to the Lord the closer we are to becoming that perfect bride the King is waiting for. The kingdom of God is promised to those who believe in what Christ did on the cross; we are joint heirs with him. This means we can be cleansed, healed, have more than enough and be joyful because the Lord has anointed us with His holy oil. Let this oil saturate our lives daily as we are sanctified by the blood of Christ. We have extensively examined the importance of oil in the Word. Hope this message fills your hearts with Joy because the anointing promises it to us.