Biblical Anointing Oil Uses And Applications
Biblical Scripture References
How To Pray For Others With Anointing Oil
Anointing oils can be used as a symbolic representation of our faith in Jesus Christ to answer our prayers through divine intervention; consecration, sanctification, applied as a healing salve or ointment that has true medicinal attributes, used as a perfume for hygiene purposes, funeral or embalming practices, or preparing weapons for warfare. Anointing oil and ointments have multiple applications as you will see in the scripture references below.
Praying For Others With Anointing Oil
Important Things To Remember: When using anointing oil
during times of prayer, it is important to remember the
anointing oil is only a tangible symbolic representation of
our faith in Jesus Christ. Anointing oils have no "special
power" in and of themselves. It is Jesus Christ alone who
performs miracles and answers our prayers of faith...with or
without anointing oil.
Ancient Anointing Oil & Ointment Preparation
Anointing oil is an unguent, or ointment prepared from oil alone or with the addition of flowers, fragrant herbs, gums, resins, seeds, spices and other botanicals. Some formulas were very simple and consisted of one active ingredient and olive oil, while other formulas were a complex mixture of ingredients. These unguent or ointments had distinct aromatic odours; herbal, medicinal, earthy, balsamic, spicy, or sweet aromas. It does not mean they had a sweet perfume fragrance like the perfumes we buy at the store today.
Traditional Daily Use
The practice of anointing with perfumed oil was common among the Hebrews and other nations.
· It was also the custom of the Jews in like manner to anoint themselves with oil, as a means of refreshing or invigorating their bodies (Deuteronomy 28:40; Ruth 3:3; 2 Sam 14:2; Micah 6:15; Psalms 104:15, Proverbs 27:9; Amos 6:6 etc.). This custom is continued among the Arabians to the present day .
· Anointing was an act of hospitality (Luke 7:38,46).
· Richly perfumed and expensive; Solomon 4:10; John 12:3
Medicinal and Prayer For The Sick
· Oil was used also for medicinal purposes. It was applied to the sick, and also to wounds (Psalms 109:18; Isaiah 1:6; Mark 6:13; James 5:14).
High quality anointing oils, ointments, and perfumes made with pure unadulterated ingredients may have calming and medicinal attributes due to the actual healing properties of the pure plant essences used in them.
Weapons and Spiritual Warfare
·The expression, "anoint the shield" (Isaiah 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.
Preparation For Burial and Funerals
· John 12:3
· The bodies of the dead were sometimes anointed (Mark 14:8; Luke 23:56).
· Purifying the body (Oil of Myrrh) Esther 2:12;
The Holy Anointing Oil (Exodus 30 Holy Oil) is the only anointing oil specifically mentioned in the Bible for this purpose.
· The promised Deliverer is twice called the "Anointed" or Messiah (Psalms 2:2; Daniel 9:25,26), because he was anointed with the Holy Ghost (Isaiah 61:1), figuratively styled the "oil of gladness" (Psalms 45:7; Hebrews 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.
· The act of anointing was significant of consecration to a holy or sacred use; hence the anointing of the high priest (Exodus 29:29; Leviticus 4:3) and of the sacred vessels (Exodus 30:26). The high priest and the king are thus called "the anointed" (Leviticus 4:3,5,16; 6:20; Psalms 132:10). Anointing a king was equivalent to crowning him (1 Samuel 16:13; 2Sam 2:4, etc.). Prophets were also anointed (1 Kings 19:16; 1 Chronicles 16:22; Psalms 105:15 ).
Preparation and Commerce
· Prepared by the apothecary; Ecclesiastes 10:1
· An article of commerce; Ezekiel 27:17; Revelation 18:13
Spiritual Anointing With the Holy Ghost
The Most Important Anointing-
· Spiritual anointing with the Holy Ghost is conferred also upon Christians by God. (2 Corinthians 1:21, 1 John 2:27) " Anointing "expresses the sanctifying influences of the Holy Spirit upon Christians.
(2 Corinthians 1:21) "Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, is God."
(1 John 2:27) "But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him".
All believers who have received Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior have been given this “Anointing”.
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