Galbanum – An Ingredient in the Holy Incense (Temple Incense)

Resembling a giant fennel plant, Galbanum (Ferula galbaniflua, member of the carrot family) was used in the ancient world as incense. Native to the Middle East and grown in the Mesopotamian area and West Asia, Galbanum had to be imported in biblical times. Today it is cultivated in Iran, Turkey, Lebanon and Afghanistan. Galbanum, also…

Who Was Anointed in the Bible?

Who Was Anointed in the Bible?

During biblical times, an individual was anointed with oil to signify God’s blessing or call on that person’s life. A person or an object was anointed for a special purpose – whether it be a king, a prophet, or an instrument used in the sanctuary. As a public act with witnesses gathered, an anointing makes a clear distinction of the one “called” for a specific purpose.

In the case of priests, they were anointed to carry out the duties in the care of the Temple, while prophets were anointed with boldness in order to carry out the great commission in proclaiming God’s word. Kings were anointed to lead the people. Other anointings mentioned in scripture included the sanctification of utensils and objects and for healing the sick.

Burning Incense Before God

Burning Incense Before God By John Morton www.childrenofthepromises.org  (Used by permission) Incense is a fragrant smoke obtained from burning resins.  It was burnt ceremonially on an altar before the mercy seat in the Tabernacle.  God said it was holy and should be burnt day and night for all of Israel’s generations.  Why was it holy?…

The Act of Anointing – From Ancient Times & Today

Act of Anointing In ancient times, the practice of anointing was commonly reserved for kings and priests. Today, believers are discovering oil’s divine purpose in their life, as a kingdom of priests. 1 Peter 2:5 tells us, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual…

Anointing the Feet

  The Custom of Anointing the Feet In biblical times, it was customary for visitors traveling long distances over dusty roads to be welcomed warmly with a foot-washing followed by anointing with oil as an expression of Jewish hospitality.  This is mentioned in Genesis 18:4 and Genesis 24:32. In the New Testament, Yeshua made mention…