If you were taught by church leaders that anointing with oil ceased during the Old Testament times, or that it is simply “symbolic” and has no power or significance today, you may be missing beauty and depth in your spiritual journey. Anointing with oil brings real benefits into your life, such as promotion, discernment, sensitivity, fruitfulness, and declaration.
In Anoint With Oil, Rebecca Park Totilo shares an aromatic and sacred expedition through the scriptures, showing the purpose of anointing with oil, the methods used in the Bible and their symbolism, the ingredients of the holy anointing oil, and the uses of essential oils mentioned in the Old and New Testaments. Discover new scents within these pages and find out:
– Why the right ear, right thumb, and right big toe?
– What is the mysterious fifth ingredient of the holy anointing oil?
– Which oils did Jesus anoint with?
– Who performs the anointing ritual?
– How can I benefit from anointing with oil?
Suggested Reading for Oils of the Bible Course
Purpose of Anointing With Oil
The primary purpose of anointing a priest or the objects used in the tabernacle or temple was to “set apart” or make them qodesh – most holy as described in Exodus 30:29.
While the Holy Anointing Oil was originally used exclusively for the priests and Tabernacle articles, later it was extended to include prophets and kings (I Samuel 10:1).
Certain restrictions outlined in the Torah regarding its usage included:
- It was forbidden to use the Holy Anointing Oil on an outsider (Exodus 30:33)
- It was not to be used on the body of any common persons (Ex. 30:32a)
- Israelites were forbidden to duplicate any like it, nor were they allowed to use the specific formula outlined in scripture for personal use (Ex. 30:32b)
Jim Lynn, author of The Miracle of Healing In Your Church Today, (Trafford Publishing) states that the Tent of Meeting in Old Testament scriptures served as a type, or pattern and shadow of the real Church to come (Hebrews 10:1). When God gave instruction for anointing the Tent of Meeting with specific essential oils, He was in effect giving instruction to anoint the Body of Christ (Ephesians 5:29-30). Years later in the New Testament, when Mary anointed Yeshua’s body in John 12:1-8, she physically anointed what the Old Testament priests could only symbolically anoint, as the forerunner of Christ’s Body (1 Corinthians 6:15).
Under Old Testament law, no layperson could touch the holy oil used for anointing the Tent of Meeting because of its sacredness. Yet here is Mary, a layperson, anointing Yeshua with a whole jar of precious oil and wiping his oil-soaked feet with her hair.
Lynn states, “What Mary did, she did for herself. But God used the occasion to enjoin (bless) man’s flesh with the flesh of His own Son: Something that had not happened previously. Mary’s anointing of Jesus bonds all of humanity to the ultimate sacrifice Jesus Christ paid for our physical and spiritual healing (Isaiah 53:4-5).
God stipulated healing oils be used in the Tent of Meeting because He ordained them to be the natural counterpoint of Christ’s healing ministry (Acts 10:38). Israel (Jacob) called them the “best products of the land.” When Jesus Christ, centuries later accepted Mary’s anointing of healing oil, He confirmed the sacred, healing role essential oils hold for us today.”
Lynn believes that it is important for people who use essential oils to understand why they were acknowledged in Holy Scripture and used in the disciples’ ministry of healing the sick (Mark 6:13). Lynn writes, “God has blessed essential oils and their use for healing, because they symbolically and physically bond mortal, corruptible human flesh to incorruptible, divine, eternal flesh in Jesus Christ and serve as a reminder that it is God who is our Healer (Exodus 15:26).”