He Anoints Me (a)
Text for Today – Proverbs 18:24 – A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
In the Scriptures, there are several terms, or words, that are used to represent the anointing. Among them are unction and ointment. We read about the oil used for anointing, and the act of anointing such as when Samuel poured the anointing oil on David to anoint him as king over Israel. And when we read about the anointing oil and the act of its use in anointing Aaron and high priest, we see the application was to pour on the head in such quantity as to cause it to run down over one’s being, past the beard, and all the way to the skirts of one’s garments. In other words, when one was anointed, it covered their entire being, from the crown of their head to the soles of their feet. No part of the person was left untouched.
But there is even more than having oil poured upon a person. It also included, as a part of the Old Testament form of anointing, the rubbing in by hand of that anointing. Stop for a moment and consider the picture I have just painted with you in the picture. First, the oil of anointing is poured upon you and it us so complete in its covering that it runs down to your feet. Then, the one that has poured on that anointing rubs that anointing into you, massaging it into your hair and over your body, all the way to your feet. The picture is that of someone loving you so much, that he not only pours the oil ON you, but makes sure that it gets INTO you.
Now consider the following. When the anointing oil of the Old Testament (a hin [six quarts] of pure beaten olive oil, along with cassia, calamus, cinnamon, and myrrh – a very fragrant spice) was poured on you, the resulting odor was not something that dissipated quickly, but would be absorbed into you, and present for days, even if the odor may become unnoticed. My point here is that God wants His hands on you, to empower you, to use you, to do things with and through you that will bring great glory to Him. But to have Him put His hands on you for that purpose, you must first be anointed. Now consider what I say here. In Habakku3:4 we read that in God’s hands is the “hiding of His power.” If you will have the power of God manifest in you, He Himself must touch you, and to do that without causing your death, you MUST BE ANOINTED.
Manna for Today – John 15:1-17; Genesis 3:8; John 15:13-15; Psalm 23, Psalm 91; John 17; John 20:21; 1 John 2:18-27; Psalm 133; Habakkuk 3