Question: “WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT ANOINTING OIL?”
Answer: Anointing oil is mentioned 20 times in Holy Scripture and was used in the Old Testament for pouring on the head of the high priest and his descendants and sprinkling the tabernacle and its furnishings to mark them as holy and set apart to the Lord (Exodus 25:6; Leviticus 8:30; Numbers 4:16). Three times it is called the “holy, anointing oil,” and the Jews were strictly forbidden from reproducing it for personal use (Exodus 30:32-33).
The recipe for anointing oil is found in Exodus 30:23-24; it contained myrrh, cinnamon and other natural ingredients. There is no indication that the oil or the ingredients had any supernatural power or that it was infused with divine power through prayer or ritual. Rather, the strictness of the guidelines for creating the oil was a test of the obedience of the Israelites and a demonstration of the absolute holiness and sovereignty of God.
Only four New Testament passages refer to the practice of anointing with oil and none of them offer an explanation for its use. However, we can draw our conclusions from context. In Mark 6:13, the disciples anointed the sick and healed them. In Mark 14:3-9, Mary anoints Jesus’ feet as an act of worship. In James 5:14, the church elders are instructed to pray for the healing of the sick while anointing them with oil. In Hebrews 1:8-9, God says to Christ as He returns triumphantly to heaven, “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever,” and God anoints Jesus “with the oil of gladness.”
Should SAINTS use anointing oil today?
According to James 5:14 the answer is yes. SAINTS SHOULD USE ANOINTING OIL TODAY. But only as instructed by the Holy Spirit and within the appropriate context and with the correct oil. Many believers have made it a habit of anointing folks with virgin or extra virgin olive oil and making the sign of the pagan god Tammuz while doing so. But there is nothing in The Holy Scriptures that commands or even suggests that we should use plain or virgin olive oil or similar oils in the place of divinely prescribed HOLY Anointing Oil. Only the anointing oil, as formulated and prescribed in Holy Scripture, is to be used for divine sanctification and prayer for healing.
Oil is often used as a symbol for the Holy Spirit in the Bible as in the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13). And Born Again Saints of YHVH have the promised gift of the Holy Spirit who leads us into ALL truth and “anoints” us continually with His LOVE, GRACE and MERCY. “But you have an anointing from the Holy One…” (1 John 2:20). And that anointing is true and not false, eternal and effectual until the day of our redemption. (1 John 2:27)
We are not to use any counterfeit, false or imitation devices or sayings or pagan based rituals or doctrines as a substitute of GOD’S genuine instructions, commandments and plan. This includes holy anointing oil, the Seventh-day Sabbath as well as God’s institution and definition of family. We are saints of the TRUE GOD and therefore our worship should be in SPIRIT and TRUTH. Amen.
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