Should Christians Anoint? If so, by whose authority, for what reason(s), and what shall we anoint with? These are what we’ll Examine and Study on in this little Topical Study.
With that introduction being said, let's go to Father and ask Him for His Blessings on our Study of His Word: "Father, we come to you right now to thank you for inviting us to Your table in order that we might be able to partake of and receive Your Spiritual Meat, and Father, as we prepare to dine on the sustenance which sustains our inner man, we ask that You Oh LORD open our ears and eyes, that we might be able to hear and see your Truths, open our hearts and minds and prepare us in order that we may receive Your Truth. We Pray for Your Understanding of Your Word, we seek Your Knowledge in Your Word and most importantly Father, we Pray for and desire Your Wisdom from Your Word, in Jesus' Precious name we Pray, thank You Father, Amen."
Since most Christians are mainly taught from the New Testament, we'll begin our Study there. We are told by James—our LORD’S brother, and the author of the Epistle named after him—in his Epistle: 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: -> Here is everything in a nut-shell. James told us why to anoint,—is any sick...—what to anoint with—...anointing him with oil—and how to anoint—...in the name of the Lord—we are to anoint and pray over the person who has the infirmity. What does this word "anoint" mean? In the Strong's Concordance we find that it is greek word number: G218, - ἀλείφω, - aleiphō, pronounced - al-i'-fo, and means: From G1 (as a particle of union) and the base of G3045; to oil (with perfume): - anoint.. So, we see that we are “to oil” the person who has the infirmity, and what happens when we are obedient? [5:15] 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. -> For having Faith, and being obedient, Jesus will heal the person who has the infirmity, and forgive the one who had sinned.
What kind of sickness was James talking about? Let’s look up the word "sick" in our Strong’s Concordance, we find it is Greek word number: G770, - ἀσθενέω, - astheneō, pronounced - as-then-eh'-o, and means: From G772; to be feeble (in any sense): - be diseased, impotent folk (man), (be) sick, (be, be made) weak.. So, this sickness James was talking about wasn’t just an illness, or ill-health; but, also included infirmities such as impotency, and such. Now, let’s look up the prime of the word, Greek word number G772 and we find: G772, - ἀσθενής, - asthenēs, pronounced - as-then-ace', and means: From G1 (as a negative particle) and the base of G4599; strengthless (in various applications, literally, or figuratively and morally): - more feeble, impotent, sick, without strength, weak (-er, -ness, thing).. So, we see that it also includes those who are inflicted with Spiritual Illness, and those who are morally ill,— and obviously, homosexuality, promiscuity, alcohol and drug addition, and other such deviancies all fall within the category of morally ill.
Now let's Examine and Study which type of "oil" we are to anoint with. The word "oil" as used here in this verse is in the Strong's Concordance, we'll find is Greek word number: G1637, - ἔλαιον, - laion, pronounced - el'-ah-yon, and means: Neuter of the same as G1636; olive oil: - oil.; so, we see we are to use Olive Oil. But, this also says that it is derived from G1636, so let’s look at it next: G1636, - ἐλαία, - elaia, pronounced - el-ah'-yah, and means: Feminine of a presumed derivative from an obsolete primary; an olive (the tree or the fruit): - olive (berry, tree).. But, more importantly, check out the word: “El-ah-yah,” in this we have two of Father’s Names, or titles: "El,"and "Yah." EL=“EL is essentially The Almighty, though the word is never so rendered (see below, "Shaddai"). EL is ELOHIM in all His strength and power. It is rendered by type in my Studies as "God" as ELOHIM is, but El is God the Omnipotent. ELOHIM is God the Creator putting His omnipotence into operation. Eloah (see Eloah) is God Who wills and orders all, and Who is to be the one object of the worship of His people. El is the God Who knows all (first occurance Genesis 14:18,22) and sees all (Genesis 16:13) and that performeth all things for His people (Psalms 57:2); and in Whom all the Divine attributes are concentrated." El is indicated in my Studies by type in large capital letters, thus: "GOD." It is sometimes transliterated in proper names Immanue-'el, Beth-'el, where it is translated, I explain in my commentary. Yah=“Yah is YHVH in a special sense and relation. YHVH as having BECOME our Salvation (first occurrence Exodus 15:2), He Who IS, and WAS, and IS TO COME. It occurs 49 times (7 x 7. See Dr. Bullinger's Companion Bible Appendix 10). Compare Psalm 68:4,18.” Yah is indicated in my Studies by type in large capital letters, thus: "THE LORD."
Now that we have covered some of the New Testament, let's return to the Old Testament and read what Father has to say. We'll begin in the first place Father told anyone to anoint, and that would be in the Book of Exodus. In Exodus 28-29 we read of the Consecration of the Priests of Father YHVH. In the first verse of Exodus 28 we read that Moses was to take his brother Aaron, along with his son's Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar from among the Children of Israel in order to be the Priests of Father. In verses v28:2-5 we read of Father telling Moses what materials he was to use to make the Priestly Garments, and also whom Father had instilled wisdom in, in order for them to fashion these Priestly Garments. In verses v28:6-38 we read of Aaron's—the first High Priest of Father YHVH—Garments, then in verses v28:40-43 we read of Aaron's sons Garments, and in the course of these verses we read: Exodus 28:41 And thou shalt put them upon Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him; and shalt anoint them, and consecrate them, and sanctify them, that they may minister unto Me in the priest's office. -> Once Moses had had the Priestly Garments fashioned by those in whom Father had instilled His Wisdom, he was then to take his brother Aaron, along with his son's and "anoint" them. Here, "anoint" is in the Strong's Concordance, Hebrew word number: H4886, - משׁח, - mâshach, pronounced - maw-shakh', and means: A primitive root; to rub with oil, that is, to anoint; by implication to consecrate; also to paint: - anoint, paint., he was to rub oil on his brother and nephews. In doing so, as we see in this word “anoint” it would also “consecrate” them which Father told him he was to do, and “sanctify” them as well. “Consecrate” in the Strong’s Concordance, is Hebrew word number: H4390, - מלא, מלא, - mâlê', mâlâ', pronounced - maw-lay', maw-law', and means: A primitive root, to fill or (intransitively) be full of, in a wide application (literally and figuratively): - accomplish, confirm, + consecrate, be at an end, be expired, be fenced, fill, fulfil, (be, become, X draw, give in, go) fully (-ly, -ly set, tale), [over-] flow, fulness, furnish, gather (selves, together), presume, replenish, satisfy, set, space, take a [hand-] full, + have wholly.; so, in other words, to fill to the full, or fence in with Father’s Holy Spirit. Whereas, “sanctify” in the Strong’s Concordance, is Hebrew word number: H6942, - קדשׁ, - qâdash, pronounced - kaw-dash', and means: A primitive root; to be (causatively make, pronounce or observe as) clean (ceremonially or morally): - appoint, bid, consecrate, dedicate, defile, hallow, (be, keep) holy (-er, place), keep, prepare, proclaim, purify, sanctify (-ied one, self), X wholly..
Why would Father tell Moses to anoint his brother Aaron and his sons? It was because they were to fulfill a role which was set apart from all the others, a role which was being prepared for a future One, namely the True High Priest: our LORD and Saviour, Jesus Christ. When we look up the words which comprise His name we find that "Jesus" in the Strong's Concordance is Greek word number: G2424, - Ἰησοῦς, - Iēsous, pronounced - Ee-ay-sooce', and means: Of Hebrew origin [H3091]; Jesus (that is, Jehoshua), the name of our Lord and two (three) other Israelites: - Jesus., and when we look up "Christ" we find in the Strong’s Concordance, it is Greek Word number: G5547, - Χριστός, - Christos, pronounced - Khris-tos', and means: From G5548; anointed, that is, the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus: - Christ.; so, we see that Jesus is the Anointed One, and Aaron the First High Priest was anointed as a "type" for He Who was to come, and his sons were also "types" preparing to assume the role upon their father Aaron, returning Home to our Heavenly Father.
So, now that we understand by Whose Authority, the Reason For, and What we should Anoint With, let's talk about How to Anoint. Purchase a bottle of Pure Virgin Olive Oil—use can use this also for Cooking with—and then pour a small amount into a small vial. Go to Father in Prayer and tell Him you plan to use the Oil in your vial for Anointing, and therefore, you are coming to Him in order for to Bless the Oil, that you are going to use it in obedience to Him, and His Word. After you have asked Father to Bless the Oil, you can use it to Anoint People, Pets, you House and Car. To Anoint People and Pets, take a Small Dab onto your Finger and touch either the injured area, or the Forehead and Pray over the person; for your house or car you can touch anywhere on them and Pray over them, you could also do as Father instructed us in Exodus 12:7 and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door posts and\or window posts. Besides asking for a healing a Person or Pet, we can also Anoint for keeping evil spirits away from us, and our homes\cars.
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