23 Pt. 14

     “thou anointest my head with oil; ” Psalm 23:5 KJV

     A good acronym for anointing is C.A.R.E.       

     The truth is, the idea of biblical anointing is lost on most western Christians, even among those of us who practice anointing. Usually when I anoint a person at the altar I tip the bottle onto my finger, wet it and use my thumb or forefinger to paint a little oil cross on the forehead of the anointee. It’s nice. It’s sweet. It’s comforting. It’s so NOT the picture of biblical anointing! In the Old Testament (which perspective David was writing from) when a person was anointed it looked something like this:

     “Dress Aaron in his priestly garments—the tunic, the robe worn with the ephod, the ephod itself, and the chestpiece. Then wrap the decorative sash of the ephod around him.  Place the turban on his head, and fasten the sacred medallion to the turban.  Then anoint him by pouring the anointing oil over his head. ” Ex. 29:5-7 NLT

          Please note first that the anointing oil was not dabbed, sprinkled or even splashed on Aaron. It was poured. The word used here for poured means “poured out” or “emptied”. Some say Aaron was anointed with a hin (8 quarts) of oil. We know, according to Psalm 133:2 that it was at least enough to cause his beard to become saturated and drip with the oil.

     Second please take note that Aaron was not wearing Fruit of the Loom, Boxer Joes, BVD’s, or a swim suit for this anointing. He was fully dressed in all his High Priestly regalia.

     With this picture in mind we are led to the C  of our anointing acronym, C.A.R.E..  The anointing complicates things. It may seem a bummer way to kick off this part of the study but it has to be acknowledged that in a world fallen so deep into sin the anointing call of God though wonderful is messy and costly and complicated.

    Aaron got anointed and went straight from the goo of the oil to the grumbling of the Israelites. Aaron got anointed;  Then while he ministered in the tabernacle, God killed two of the priest’s sons for their sin and commanded Aaron not to grieve. How’s that for complication? How did Aaron explain that one to his wife?

       My experience is that most people are all hyped up about being anointed until they get anointed and life gets complicated. The price of anointing in this world is high. Sometimes it causes our valleys of shadow. Sometimes it creates enemies for us; But the pay off is far higher for those who get past the devastation of complication. Anointing does not make for smooth sailing but if you can get past the wind and the waves the journey is well worth it!

     Maybe you have been anointed by God for a work and you have been thrown off kilter by complications the anointing has brought. Tell me about it. Tomorrow we will talk about why we truly crave the anointing even with its complications.

Tomorrow: the anointing assures!

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10 thoughts on “23 Pt. 14

  1. God wants us to stand up for Him no matter the cost and no matter how complicated life becomes. The question is, are we willing to do that and will you keep your eyes on Him in the midst of the storm? Thank you, Lord, for being my strength and my refuge in the midst of my storms. Lord, I ask you to help me keep my eyes on you no matter how complicated life becomes and thank you for helping me when I stumble along the way. Thanks, Pastor J, for your blogs they really do get me thinking about the purpose God has for my life. I can’t wait to see tomorrow’s blog: the annoiting assures!

    • Debbie. You are anointed and called to this work of writing. The power of the Holy Spirit courses through your words and your constant encouragement! Thank you for all you do!

  2. Yes sir Pastor J, the anointing is costly! We must separate ourselves, that we be in the presence of God, to hear a word from Him in season. We must deny ourselves, we must pray, pray, pray, and seek the face of the Lord! There is much the Lord requires of us, that we might walk in the anointing He has placed upon our lives! Will it be worth it all? Most definitely!

    God bless,

    Paulette

  3. Wow, now that is a powerful image! Pour on! I have complicated things by trying to serve both God and mammon and…..it’s a long list. complicated yes and requires us to give our best to him…can’t wait to read on…thanks!

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