Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment. John 12:3 When we consider the spiritual significance of spikenard essential oil in the bible, Spikenard is a costly spice which comes…
Spikenard essential oil comes from a very rare plant that is usually blended with olive oil for anointing acts of consecration, dedication, and worship. The Greek word for Spikenard means genuine or pure. There are three accounts in the Scriptures of Yeshua being anointed with Spikenard, found in Luke 7:36-38, Mark 14:3 and in John…
Galbanum was esteemed for its medicinal and spiritual properties as mentioned in Exodus 30:34. Egyptian papyri as well as ancient Roman historians record use of Galbanum for its antispasmodic, diuretic, and pain relieving properties. In Hebrew, Galbanum is Chelbenah. The Hebraic root is Cheleb, which means the fat or the richest part and Chalab, which means milk. Of the animal sacrifices in Scripture, the fat was reserved for God and burned as a soothing aroma to Him (Genesis 4:4, Leviticus 3:14-16).
Anointing in the bible is a study I have been writing on for the last couple of weeks. Today, I want to continue with the anointing of kings.
No doubt, those who rule and lead should be found among those who are anointed. In fact, anointing a king was considered equivalent to crowning him. In the scriptures, the first kingly anointing was performed by Samuel on King Saul. In the English Standard Version, 1 Samuel 10:1 says:
“Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on his head and kissed him and said, Has not the LORD anointed you to be prince over his people Israel? And you shall reign over the people of the LORD and you will save them from the hand of their surrounding enemies. And this shall be the sign to you that the LORD has anointed you to be prince over his heritage.”
Those who are called to proclaim God’s word and declare his works were anointed with oil as well. Anointing of Prophets in Old Testament was mentioned in 1 Kings 19:16, where it says, “And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room.”