My cousin Chris, asked me about the anointing oil a couple of weeks back, so I have decided to write an article about it.
Jesus is our Olive oil. Olive oil comes from the olive fruit. But when you press the fruit real hard, you won’t find oil, only a white sap. Also, the fruit tastes very bitter. To get the oil, the fruit and its seed have to be crushed by a great weight in an olive press. The crushing also removes the bitterness. In the same manner, Jesus was crushed under the burden and weight of our sins, and under the judgment of a holy God. He was crushed to become the anointing oil that heals us today!
Anointing and anointing oil is mentioned plus minus forty times up to ninety times in the Bible, https://www.openbible.info/topics/anointing_oil as in such instances where it was used in the Old Testament to anoint the high priest’s head, or used to sprinkle the temple to set it apart as holy and dedicated to the Lord. The sacredness of this oil is also mentioned in the Bible. Consequently, the Jews were strictly forbidden to use it for personal use.
In the New Testament, there are four passages that illustrate the use of anointing oil.
- In Mark 6:13, the oil is used for the blessing and healing of the sick.
- In Mark 14:3-9, a woman anoints Jesus’ feet with oil as a symbol of worship.
- In James 5:14, the people were encouraged to call for the elders of the Church to anoint and bless any who were sick.
- In Hebrews 1:8-9, God anoints His victorious Son with “the oil of gladness.”
“And the prayer of faith will save the sick” shows us clearly that this is not a superstition, but something done in faith. How do you have faith? “…faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17) So once you have a revelation about what the Bible teaches on a subject, faith for that area will come.
Fresh Oil Of The New Covenant
Let’s look at Psalm 92, a psalm for the Sabbath (Old Testament). In verse 10, it says, “But my horn You have exalted like a wild ox; I have been anointed with fresh oil.” God expects us to have fresh oil because when oil gets stagnant, it becomes stale.
The word “fresh” in Hebrew is raanan which means “green”. Notice that extra virgin olive oil is green. Green speaks of newness or youth. So the oil has to be of the new covenant because the oil of the old covenant is stale.
The old covenant tells you that you must obey God before He can heal your body. Some people believe that and their faith becomes stale. They will slowly stay away from God because of wrong believing.
But do you know that the new covenant doesn’t teach that? It teaches that despite your failures, God will heal you. As seen earlier in James 5:15, even if a person has committed sins, he need not feel disqualified because God will forgive his sins through the prayer of faith.
The oil symbolizes the Holy Spirit: ” When the early Believers used the oil to anoint, it was as a reminder of God’s healing power. Today, like then, the healing takes place by the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 10:38), for whom oil is a powerful symbol (Zechariah 4:4-6).
After we have prayed over the olive oil, it becomes holy anointing oil. “Holy” means set apart for God’s purposes. It also means “separated from”—darkness into light, lack into abundance and sickness into wholeness. Thus, the anointing oil is no longer just natural oil. The next verse says:
My eye also has seen my desire on my enemies; my ears hear my desire on the wicked who rise up against me.
Before you read the Bible, you can tell the Lord, “I am anointing my eyes, Lord. Let me see You afresh in the Scriptures.” Then, you will find that the Bible comes alive for you. You are relying on the Holy Spirit to give you revelations, to guide you into all truths, and not trusting in your own intellect.
Let Jesus be your anointing oil, through the Holy Spirit.
Through faith anoint your sick child, your headache, your body pain, your addiction. If you believe Jesus still heals all you need to do is to believe!