Anointing Oil In The Bible

Anointing Oil In The Bible

Psalm 133:2 it describes the anointing of Aaron with precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments. The words precious and ointment indicate that this was not just olive oil but pure oils such as were used in the holy anointing oil.[1]

The Hebrew word for anoint is masach, which means to smear, spread, or massage, and in some cases it means to pour oil over the head or body. It shares the same root term as Messiah, mashiyach, meaning anointed one. In the New Testament, the Greek word Kristos or Christ means anointed one and is used 361 times.

Other words and phrases used in the Scriptures such as anointing oil, ointment, spices, incense, perfumes, odors or sweet savors, aromas, or fragrances, all imply essential oils.

A unique act of anointing is found in ancient Chinese medicine for thousands of years they have placed oil on the inside of the ear and this place was called the sheman point. Yahweh instructed anointing this point of the right ear in Leviticus 14:17: And the rest of the oil that is in his hand shall the priest put upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot, upon the blood of the trespass offering.

This practice was used in a cleansing ceremony for leprosy to cleanse the leper and his house, and in another ceremony to release emotional patterns of guilt. Both of these rituals involved Cedarwood, Hyssop, and a log of oil (10 fluid ounces) which would have been beaten olive oil containing aromatics. Modern research has found that this portion of the ear is where one releases and resolves issues of guilt regarding their parents.

The biblical act of anointing is mentioned 156 times in the Bible. The Hebrew word for anointing is shemen, which means fat oil, fatness, or olive oil. In Isaiah 10:27, it says, And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off they neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing. It is the anointing oil that breaks the yoke.


[1]The Old Testament: Volume Four. A David Solomon and Elijah Vanguard video, copyright 1997.