- nor shall he go out of the sanctuary, nor profane the sanctuary of his God; for the consecration of the anointing oil of his God is upon him: I am the Lord. (Leviticus 21:12)
Recognizing the value of the consecrated oil of my God over me, I’ve included and used anointing oil for many years stimulating my faith and receiving total healing when applied to parts of my body when in pain.
The physical properties of the oil doesn’t necessarily guarantee a healing but the spiritual belief that since it was God who initiated the anointing oil to be poured out onto an individual who believes in Him, will carry out its spiritual power of healing, thus breaking the yoke of infirmity and/or bondage.
My foundational belief is in God fulfilling His promises to save, to heal, to protect, and to provide for anyone who calls upon Him to do so.
To make or declare sacred; set apart or dedicate to the service of a deity.
The practice of anointing with perfumed oil was common among the Hebrews with its origins and instructions for its use outlined in the Book of Exodus and re-iterated in the Book of Leviticus fulfilled in the New Testament though the Holy Spirit:
- oil for the light, and spices for the anointing oil and for the sweet incense; (Exodus 25:6)
- And you shall take the anointing oil, pour it on his head, and anoint him. (Exodus 29:7)
- And you shall take some of the blood that is on the altar, and some of the anointing oil, and sprinkle it on Aaron and on his garments, on his sons and on the garments of his sons with him; and he and his garments shall be hallowed, and his sons and his sons’ garments with him. (Exodus 29:21)
- “And the holy garments of Aaron shall be his sons’ after him, to be anointed in them and to be consecrated in them. (Exodus 29:29)
- And you shall make from these a holy anointing oil, an ointment compounded according to the art of the perfumer. It shall be a holy anointing oil. (Exodus 30:25)
- “And you shall speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘This shall be a holy anointing oil to Me throughout your generations. (Exodus 30:31)
- “And you shall take the anointing oil, and anoint the tabernacle and all that is in it; and you shall hallow it and all its utensils, and it shall be holy. (Exodus 40:9)
- You shall anoint them, as you anointed their father, that they may minister to Me as priests; for their anointing shall surely be an everlasting priesthood throughout their generations.” (Exodus 40:15)
- Moses took the anointing oil, and anointed the tabernacle and all that was in it, and consecrated them. (Leviticus 8:10)
- And he poured some of the anointing oil on Aaron’s head and anointed him, to consecrate him. (Leviticus 8:12)
The special recipe of creating the holy anointing oil was ordained by God:
- 22 Moreover the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
- 23 “Also take for yourself quality spices—five hundred shekels of liquid myrrh, half as much sweet-smelling cinnamon (two hundred and fifty shekels), two hundred and fifty shekels of sweet-smelling cane,
- 24 five hundred shekels of cassia, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, and a hin of olive oil.
- 25 And you shall make from these a holy anointing oil, an ointment compounded according to the art of the perfumer. It shall be a holy anointing oil. (Exodus 30:22-25)
1. The act of anointing was significant of consecration to a holy or sacred use; hence the anointing of the high priest (Ex. 29:29; Lev. 4:3) and of the sacred vessels (Ex. 30:26). The high priest and the king are thus called “the anointed” (Lev. 4:3, 5, 16; 6:20; Ps. 132:10).
Anointing a king was equivalent to crowning him (1 Sam. 16:13; 2 Sam. 2:4, etc.).
Example: King David anointed by the Prophet Samuel:
- “Now the Lord said to Samuel…Fill your horn with oil, and go; I am
sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided Myself a king among his sons.” 1 Samuel 16:1)
- 11 And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all the young men here?” Then he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him. For we will not sit down till he comes here.” 12 So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!” 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah. (1 Samuel 16:11-13)
Atonement when an anointed Priest sins:
- If the anointed priest sins, bringing guilt on the people, then let him offer to the Lord for his sin which he has sinned a young bull without blemish as a sin offering. (Leviticus 4:3)
Prophets were also anointed 1 Chr. 16:22; Ps. 105:15).
- Also you shall anoint Jehu the son of Nimshi as king over Israel. And Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel Meholah you shall anoint as prophet in your place. (1 Kings 19:16)
- “Do not touch My anointed ones, And do My prophets no harm.” (1 Chronicles 16:22)
- “Do not touch My anointed ones, And do My prophets no harm.” (Psalm 105:15)
The expression, “anoint the shield” (Isa. 21:5), refers to the custom of rubbing oil on the leather of the shield so as to make it supple and fit for use in war.
2. Anointing was also an act of hospitality.
- and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. (Luke 7:38)
- You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. (Luke 7:40)
It was the custom of the Jews in like manner to anoint themselves with oil, as a means of refreshing or invigorating their bodies. This custom is continued among the Arabians to the present day.
- You shall have olive trees throughout all your territory, but you shall not anoint yourself with the oil; for your olives shall drop off. (Deut. 28:40)
- Therefore wash yourself and anoint yourself, put on your best garment and go down to the threshing floor; but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking. (Ruth 3:3)
- And Joab sent to Tekoa and brought from there a wise woman, and said to her, “Please pretend to be a mourner, and put on mourning apparel; do not anoint yourself with oil, but act like a woman who has been mourning a long time for the dead. (2 Samuel 14:2)
- And wine that makes glad the heart of man,
Oil to make his face shine,
And bread which strengthens man’s heart. (Ps. 104:15, etc.)
3. Oil was used also for medicinal purposes. It was applied to the sick, and also to wounds:
- As he clothed himself with cursing as with his garment,
So let it enter his body like water,
And like oil into his bones. (Psalm 109:18)
- From the sole of the foot even to the head,
There is no soundness in it,
But wounds and bruises and putrefying sores;
They have not been closed or bound up,
Or soothed with ointment. (Isaiah 1:6)
- And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick, and healed them. (Mark 6:13)
- Is anyone among you sick? 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. (James 5:14)
4. Anointing Jesus Christ’s dead body:
She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint My body for burial. (Mark 14:8)
Then they returned and prepared spices and fragrant oils. And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment. (Luke 23:56)
5. The promised Deliverer is twice called the “Anointed” or Messiah (Ps. 2:2; Dan. 9:25, 26), because he was anointed with the Holy Ghost (Isa. 61:1), figuratively styled the “oil of gladness” (Ps. 45:7; Heb. 1:9). Jesus of Nazareth is this anointed One (John 1:41; Acts 9:22; 17:2, 3; 18:5, 28), the Messiah of the Old Testament.
Oftentimes in the bible, the anointing oil is symbolic of the Holy Spirit:
- But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. (1 John 2:20)
- As in the parable of the wise and foolish virgins: “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. (Matthew 25:1-13)
The anointing oil is another weapon in our arsenal of defense.
In obtaining your oil, be sure that this oil is prayed over by an anointed Priest or Pastor prior to obtaining your supply.