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 sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.  As a kingdom of priests, Yeshua (Jesus, the anointed one) reigns as our King of Kings and believers can rightfully anoint themselves with oil as a physical manifestation of their being filled continuously with the Ruach Ha Kodesh (Holy Spirit), as oil is symbolic of the Holy Spirit. 2 Corinthians 1:20-21 reminds us that we are anointed by God, For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God.  Believers were also directed to anoint with oil during a fast in Matthew 6:17 and use oil when praying for the sick in James 5:14.

Many believers today are discovering that anointing with beautifully fragrant oils can be spiritually enhancing. Abba Oil Ltd.s publication, Anointing Oil: Biblical Use for Consecration, Prayer, Healing & Worship, suggests using Biblical fragrant oils for the following:

As an act of consecration and dedication, setting yourself apart for a special purpose in God’s Kingdom.  Anointing yourself every morning, while praying scriptures over your mind, heart, ears, eyes, hands and feet will change your life.

As priests of the home, husbands are encouraged to anoint their wives and children for protection and peace, pronouncing a blessing upon them as did the Fathers of Old.

As a preparation to bible study, devotional time, fasting, praise and worship.

As a part of the foot washing ceremony, in remembrance of what Yeshua did for his disciples.

Anointing the Sick

In the case of illness or emotional trauma, anointing can bring healing, forgiveness, and peace with a profound sense of Yahweh’s presence in your life. Believers in the Brit Hadashah (New Covenant or New Testament) were instructed to anoint the sick with oil.  James 5:14-16 directs us, Is any sick among you? 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: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

As believers we are to seek out seasoned believers or elders in your congregation or local assembly who will stand in agreement with you regarding your healing and anoint with oil in the name of the Yahweh.  With this act, you are submitting yourself humbly to the Heavenly Father, with confession of any sin that could hinder your deliverance.

Author Dean M. Miller writes in his biblical teaching for the Church of the Brethren that anointing may be of real help to you for a variety of scenarios besides physical illness.  Possible uses include:

Physical illness. You may have received a disturbing diagnosis from your physician, or you have been battling a chronic or life-threatening illness.

Accident or sudden trauma. You may be coping with the consequences of severe injuries or a loss of body function in a permanent handicap.

Impending surgery. You may be facing the fear and anxiety of an operation with an uncertain prognosis.

Critical decisions. You may be faced with choices affecting your job, your marriage, or your future that seem overwhelming.

Risk and vulnerability. You may be undertaking a new assignment in strange territory, involving considerable risk to you and those whom you love.

Reconciliation. You have just experienced a breakthrough in restoring a relationship that when broken, caused you much anguish and suffering.

Emotional pain. You recall memories that arouse fear and guilt upon the loss of someone especially close to you.

Spiritual renewal. You have experienced the closeness of God in a new way and found joy in renewing relationships with Christian brothers and sisters from whom you were estranged.

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