Anointing with Oil
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To realize the significance of the pouring on of oil or anointing with oil will bring this and related verses alive for us. Bishop K. C. Pillai teaches that, in the eastern culture, oil is used as a symbol of the presence of God.
In Genesis God had given Jacob a vision that God would take care of him and bless him so that his seed would be as the dust of the earth and God would never leave him. Jacob then said in verse 16 ". . . Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not." Because of this Jacob poured oil upon the stones that he had used for a pillow and declared that this place was God's house and to commemorate God's promises. (Gen 28:22) The easterner oil indicates the presence of God.
The anointing a person with oil is also a sign that God wants that person set apart. In the following verses oil is used liberally; this record is of God setting up the priesthood of Aaron and his sons.
God had oil poured upon Aaron to anoint him, set him apart, and indicate the presence of God. Notice also the cakes of unleavened bread tempered with oil and unleavened wafers anointed with oil that are to be used. There are other places in God's Word where cakes are used as offerings but without oil. When offerings are made to God in giving of thanks or peace offerings the cakes are mingled with oil. When offerings are made for sin or jealousy oil must be omitted.
Anointing is significant; God had Samuel anoint Saul with oil when He chose him to lead Israel and bring them back to Him.
When Saul got tricked and his heart turned away from God He had Samuel anoint David. Saul became insanely jealous and pursued David to kill him. Several times David had the chance to kill Saul but he wouldn't because:
To be anointed of God is to be set apart and no one has any right to raise their hand against God's anointed.
According to Bishop K. C. Pillai the high cast people in the east bathe daily, but on Saturday for men and Friday for women they have a special ceremonial bath using linseed oil and coconut oil. They take very good care of the body, teeth, and hair because they believe that they are stewards of their bodies and God dwells within. During the oil bath the head is messaged first with oil and then the neck, shoulders, and body; the oil drips down upon the beards and skirts of the garments (towels around their waists).
After the oil bath they find a place with flowing water like a waterfall or shower to bathe using soap made from ground soap nuts. Afterwards they eat and rest. This is very refreshing and peaceful, all their cares are washed away. Consider the state of mind and body after this treatment, take a moment and think about it. Now . . .
David compares the fellowship with unified brethren to this ceremony, refreshing and peaceful.
When we dwell together in unity there is peace and refreshment.
Jesus Christ was anointed with oil (Luke 7:28), and chosen of God, set apart to be the payment for our lives. We, as God's people, can also participate in this blessing:
We are also anointed, set apart, chosen of God, as if anointed with oil.
Another record in the Gospels is understood better now that we know about the significance of oil representing the presence of God.
The easterners understand the underlying meaning of this verse; now is the time to believe God and make Jesus Christ lord in you life and believe that God has raised him from dead. Now is the time take God as His Word and do His will for Christ could return at any moment to raise the dead and gather us together unto him and we shall meet him in the air.
For the Glory of God and Accuracy of His Word