Anointing Oils are essential
Anointing oils are used for healing, anointing ministers and leaders, and for consecration of buildings and items set apart for worship.
James 5:14 “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:”
Mark 6:13 “And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.”
Exodus 30:31-33 “And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, this shall be a holy anointing oil unto me throughout your generations”
In the bible, oil represents the Holy Spirit throughout scripture and is known for its’ healing properties. There are 77 references in the Old and New Testaments for anointing oil. In the Old Testament, anointing oil was painstakingly made by the Levitical priests specifically for the ordination of the priests, kings and the consecration of the items in the Temple. It was a way to set themselves and the Temple apart from the world as belonging to God. The priests were forbidden to reproduce the oil for personal everyday use.
The Original Anointing Oil Recipe
The original recipe for anointing oil can be found in Exodus 30:23-24. It contained cinnamon, myrrh and other natural ingredients found in the area.
Anointing Oils in the New Testament
In the New Testament, anointing oil has broader applications. According to 1 Peter 2:9, “those who are believers in Jesus are, “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light”
As Christ’s royal priesthood and ambassadors of heaven here on earth, we can anoint buildings, clothing and implements of worship as an act of consecration; to set them apart for God’s use. We can anoint people as an act of ordination for service or elevation to a new office in the church. Anointing oil can also be a powerful tool in praying for physical, spiritual or emotional healing.
Biblical fragrances used in anointing oils and their significance:
Frankincense: (intercession) used on the Altar of Incense in the Old Testament temple and one of the 3 gifts brought by the three kings to Jesus at his birth. Song of Songs 3:6, Isaiah 53:5, Hebrews 3:24
Myrrh: (purification, sacrifice, and preparation for the king), was also offered as a gift to Jesus at his birth. Matt 2:11 Queen Esther bathed in oil of myrrh for six months before she was presented to the King. Esther 2:12, Song of Songs 1:13
Hyssop: (cleansing, and purification) a hardy plant known to spring from cracks in the walls of Israel. The plant was used in ceremonial cleansing of people and houses. Lev.14:1-7 & Lev. 14:33-53 A hyssop branch was used to offer Jesus a wine soaked sponge as he hung on the cross. John 19:28-30
Cedars of Lebanon: (strength, permanence, wholeness, and restoration) a huge evergreen tree that grows in the Middle East. Known for its’ strength, the tree is decay and insect resistant. The fragrant wood was used to build the homes of David and Solomon and portions of the portions of the first Temple. Tree’s resin along with hyssop was used to anoint and cleanse a leper’s house in Psalm 92:12
Pomegranate: (fruitfulness, abundance, blessings, favor of God) Numbers 13:23. A highly prized fruit in ancient times. The Levites were instructed by God to use depictions of pomegranates to decorate the temple and to be embroidered on the hem of the high priest’s robe. Ex. 28:33
Spikenard: (intimacy, extravagant worship) a highly perfumed oil derived from a plant in India. In ancient times it was highly prized and expensive. The oil was used by Mary to anoint head & feet of Jesus in John 12:2-3.
Rose of Sharon: represents the beauty of the bride in the Song of Songs 2:1
Cassia: (joy, righteousness, holiness) Psalm 45:8 One of the principal spices used by the Levitical priests in the original anointing oils. It was considered holy and used to anoint priests, kings and their garments.