The Composition of the Holy Anointing Oil

Category: Pastor George Belobaba
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Exodus 25:8… "And let them make me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them." This is where it all began. This was the word from God to Moses. Build a tabernacle where God can dwell in and service the spiritual needs of mankind and where man can approach God. The tabernacle of Moses furnishes a gold mine of truth for the New Testament Church. In  I Corinthians 3:16 Paul teaches "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you." In I Corinthians 6:19 Paul teaches that our body is the temple of the Holy Ghost and that we are to glorify God in it.  Paul was referring to the local church body and the presence of God by His Spirit dwelling in it.  The church's function is to service the needs of mankind and to glorify the Lord.

Exodus 30:22-38… After the directions for building of the tabernacle and its furnishings were given, Moses was given another directive to make the Holy Anointing Oil out of four specific spices and pure olive oil to anoint the tabernacle and it's furnishings and also Aaron the High priest and his sons. He was also given a directive to make the incense of worship to be placed before the entrance of the Holy of Holies. The ingredients of the Holy Anointing Oil touch upon the anointing of the Holy Spirit in the functions of the church and of the leaders in relationship to the work of God for mankind. The ingredients of the incense touch on the purity of the worship of God.

Exodus 30:22-33 ... The composition of the Holy Anointing Oil typifies the anointing of the Holy Spirit resting upon Christ and upon the new Testament Church.  The Holy Anointing Oil with all its ingredients pointed to Christ and the Excellencies that are found in Him. Those same ingredients are found in the anointing for today's saints. We talk about the anointing ... but what is In it?  This is what we will find out in this lesson. V-32 says, "neither shall ye make any other like it, after the composition of it."  There is nothing that can be compared to the anointing the Spirit places upon one's life. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of excellence.  V-33 lets us know that we cannot merchandise the anointing. We see also that it is the Lord that names the spices and the weight of each. He uses the words "principal spices" which refers to the very best and exceeding all others in quality and excellence.  There is nothing second rate with the Lord.

Exodus 30:23...   pure myrrh...   The word "pure" (1865 drowr) means, "to flow freely and spontaneously"... "clear"... "liberty"... The word "myrrh" in its first usage in Genesis 37:25, 43:11 means, "a sticky gum" and is taken from a word meaning, "to wrap up" or "to cover up".  In Exodus the word "myrrh" means, "a bitter flowing gum that flows in drops." This gum comes from a dwarf tree of the terebinth family that grows in Arabia.   An incision is made into the tree. It has a good fragrance to it but it is bitter in taste. There is nothing forced out of the Holy Spirit.      Christ was the "tree" and His side was pierced on the cross. He offered all that He was.      He hath shed forth the Spirit. (Acts 2:33) Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty...  a pure f low. (2 Corinthians  3:17) Isaiah,… prophesying of Jesus tells us that He was anointed to proclaim liberty. (Isaiah 61:1-2) Myrrh is used for perfume, as a preservative, as a freshener, as a purifier, as a healing ointment, as an emblem of love, as a comforter for bruises. What Is In the anointing... A PURE FLOW OF LIBERTY THAT MINISTERS HEALING. Jesus suffered for us and out of His suffering came power that overcomes bondages. There is no roughness in the anointing.  When we are anointed we have "liberty" in servicing the needs of mankind.  That "liberty" ministers healing and comfort, it preserves lives.

Exodus 30:23... sweet cinnamon  ... The word "sweet" means, "fragrance" like the smell of balsam.  The word "cinnamon" means, "to burn with zeal"... "to be hot with jealousy"... (in a good sense, as an hen jealously guarding and watching over the chicks)  Cinnamon comes from an inner bark of an evergreen of the laurel family.   (East Asia, Ceylon) We are exhorted in the word "to be zealous of good works" (Titus 2:14) Of Jesus it is written, "The zeal of thy house has
eaten me up." (Psalm 69:9)  The church is called "a peculiar people" in I Peter 2:9 ... ie ... God's personal and private possession.  The Lord is very jealous of His church.    What is In the anointing  ... ZEAL THAT JEALOUSLY GUARDS AND WATCHES OVER THE FLOCK.    There is no laziness in the anointing ... there is a"zeal" to do good works and to service the needs of mankind under the direction of the Holy Spirit.

Exodus 30:23... sweet calamus... The word "calamus" means, "to create a power to recover". . . "to stand upright" . . . This plant grows in Lebanon. It is a "reed" like plant that grows in the mire and is easily bruised. When the spice is ground into powder a sweet smelling oil is produced that Incites healing and kills the root of the disease. Calamus also is emblematic of internal feelings such as caring, calming, compassion, mercy. All of these are emotions of healing.   What is In the anointing...THE COMPASSION AND LOVE THAT MINISTERS HEALING.  In the anointing is the "power of recovery."      Healing is released by the fruit of the Spirit ...gentleness for example. This ingredient was in Christ. He was moved with compassion... le ... Divine love rose up in Him when He saw a need. That compassion was in the anointing.

Exodus 30.:24...  cassia ... The word "cassia" comes from a word meaning, "to bow down"... "to bend the body"... Cassia is also taken  from the inner bark of a tree called, Cassia Lignea ...  of the cinnamon family. (East Asia) Here we see submission to the Lord. What is In the anointing... SUBMISSION AND HUMILITY.  True submission says, "Not my will but thine be done."  This was Jesus' attitude as seen in John 5:30. "I can of my self do nothing"...  "I seek not my own will, but the will of my Father which has sent me." In John 15:5 Jesus says, "Without me you can do nothing."  We keep trying, don't we. There was 500 shekels of cassia used ... about 15 pounds. The number 15 in Bible numerics is the number of "rest." There is a rest in submission.  Submission is gentle and of excellent conduct. Submission means that we are under the authority of the Lord.  There is no rebellion in true submission.

Exodus 30:24 ...  oil olive ... This oil was the base for the liquid that came from the spices.   Oil was the vehicle that carried the four Ingredients.   Oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. The ingredients of the anointing are founded in the Holy Spirit and are borne along in the flow of the Spirit. The word "oil" as used here means, "the name for knowing"... it is taken from a word meaning... "authority from one in authority" (Holy Spirit) ... also... "One who knows by seeing and observing"... In Proverbs 8:22-31 the Holy Spirit speaks of, "I was there"... "I was by Him"... "I was brought forth"... The word "olive" comes from a toot word meaning, "an olive for the oil of illumination"... "brightness"... The oil came from the bruising ... Jesus was bruised ...  He was the Light of the world.  Before the anointing of the Spirit came the bruising of the cross.   Its the cross that secured the coming of the Spirit. The Passover came before Pentecost. What is in the anointing  ILLUMINATION THAT IS CARRIED BY THE SPIRIT... KNOWLEDGE GIVEN BY THE SPIRIT... AUTHORITY GIVEN BY THE SPIRIT.

Conclusion ...  Without the Holy Spirit there would be no free flow of liberty… compassion ...  zeal ... healing... comfort... the power of recovery... mercy ... submission and much more. The anointing's function services the needs of mankind.    The weights were the weights of the shekel of the sanctuary, the liquid measure of the oil was the "hin." (8 quarts) The anointing given is by the measure God lays down and not by what we think it should be. (Note ... Deuteronomy 25:13…"thou shalt not carry divers weights in thy bag."  People all too often put their own weight on the anointing and on the gifts of the Spirit. When the composition was finished it was named as "sacred." It was for sacred use.  You could not merchandise it. You could not anoint a stranger.  Sin had to be dealt with first.  Isaiah speaks of the full measure of anointing upon Christ. (Isaiah 11:1-3) Note… Acts 10:38, Luke 4:18, John 1:16, 3:34.  For us ... John 15:5 ... We are the Branches with the anointing that flows from Christ. Note… Romans 8:11 ... "The same Spirit that raised Christ"... quickens us...

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