As I (and 500 other students) come to Bible School, the question that I believe would pop up in many of our minds is, “How do we receive the anointing (to preach the Gospel, to do missions, to heal the sick, to cast out demons)?” As I was following the Bible reading plan, the following verses blew me away.
The Holy Anointing Oil
22 Moreover the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: 23 “Also take for yourself quality spices—five hundred shekels of liquid myrrh, half as much sweet-smelling cinnamon (two hundred and fifty shekels), two hundred and fifty shekels of sweet-smelling cane, 24 five hundred shekels of cassia, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, and a hin of olive oil.
In this verse, it describes how the people of old make the Holy Anointing Oil that we always read about in the Bible. Five ingredients were used to make the anointing oil; liquid myrrh, sweet-smelling cinnamon, sweet-smelling cane, cassia, and olive oil.
Although I am not good with typography, I was blown away by the fact that myrrh, a bitter spice was to be used to make the anointing oil that is used by the priests of old to anoint the people of God.
Anointing oil speaks of the Holy Spirit.
Myrrh is a bitter spice which speaks of meekness.
Sweet-smelling cinnamon, a sweet spice that gives off a sweet aroma speaks of obedience.
Sweet-smelling cane, a type of spice that exudes a sweet fragrance upon being broken speaks of brokenness.
Cassia, an aromatic bark of a tree speaks of humility.
Olive oil speaks of probation by trials.
The five spices above are all very expensive and valuable items, which means it comes with a great cost (up to one’s interpretation).
So, if you put all this together, it says –
In order to receive the anointing (power) of the Holy Spirit, we must first be meek and humble before the Lord, prove ourselves worthy and obedient by passing the trial that God has set for us.
5 Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth.
But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant.
Thank You Lord for Your Rhema Word.