Monday, 15 June 2009

The Anointing

The Anointing
Exodus 30:22-31 …… Then the LORD said to Moses, "Take the following fine spices: 500 shekels of liquid myrrh, half as much (that is, 250 shekels) of fragrant cinnamon, 250 shekels of fragrant cane, 500 shekels of cassia—all according to the sanctuary shekel—and a hin of olive oil. Make these into a sacred anointing oil, a fragrant blend, the work of a perfumer. It will be the sacred anointing oil. Then use it to anoint the Tent of Meeting, the ark of the Testimony, the table and all its articles, the lampstand and its accessories, the altar of incense, the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, and the basin with its stand. You shall consecrate them so they will be most holy, and whatever touches them will be holy. "Anoint Aaron and his sons and consecrate them so they may serve me as priests. Say to the Israelites, 'This is to be my sacred anointing oil for the generations to come.
God initiated the anointing process and gave strict instructions through Moses about how to make the anointing oil and what to anoint. Selected objects and individuals were sanctified (made holy) and consecrated (set apart) because of the anointing. The pungent fragrance of the anointing oil ensured that everyone knew precisely who and what was anointed.
The anointing must be honoured and respected and so too should those who are anointed. Although we are now living in the 21st century, the principles remain the same as in Old Testament times; we should respect what God has anointed.
Jesus is ‘the anointed one’. The word ‘Christ’ means, in Greek, ‘the anointed one’ as does ‘Messiah’ in Hebrew.
Christians should be living a Christ-like lifestyle and, as such, the anointing should be evident in their lives. The anointing, therefore, is the tangible evidence of Christ in us and our lifestyle should reveal and magnify our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
When we live as Jesus would, the anointing should be so real that the presence of Jesus in and around us will cause some to even smell the fragrance of Christ.
The woman with the alabaster jar in Mark 14:3 is a prophetic picture of every Christian believer; we who love Jesus are broken before Him, pride has gone and humility has come bringing with it a desire to pour out our lives in service for Him. This is like an anointing poured out releasing a beautiful fragrance that fills the place where we are with the tangible presence of Christ.
Lord Jesus, thank you for the anointing of the Holy Spirit to help us to reveal you to others. Amen
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