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What Does The Bible Say About Using Anointing Oil?

The sight of a pastor or a priest anointing a member of their congregation is a pretty common one, but not always one that new members to the fold can understand. Anointing CBD oil in USA is much more than a new, stylish kind of facial moisturizer! Here is a quick peek at the true meaning of anointing and anointing oils, and how they are used in the family of God.

What Does It Mean to be Anointed?

Before one can understand the symbolism of oil used for anointing they would have to first understand what it means to be anointed. Someone who is anointed has been set apart, made different from those around them in the eyes of God. Abba Anointing Oil had perhaps the best definition of what it truly means to be anointed on the web:

“To be “anointed” is, among other things, to be made sacred (consecrated); to be set apart and dedicated to serve God; to be endowed with enabling gifts and grace; to be divinely designated, inaugurated, or chosen for some purpose.”

Bible Scriptures On Anointing Oil

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The words “anointed” and “anointing” appear often in the Bible.

Mark 6:13 “And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.”

Hebrews 1:9 “Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.”

Anointing Oils

There are many different kinds of anointing oils in USA, and which is used is usually determined by the church, temple or synagogue that is performing the ceremony or invocation. The first anointing oil in the Bible was found in Exodus, when the Lord ordered Moses to make a holy anointing oil of the finest spices, including flowing myrrh, sweet-smelling cinnamon, fragrant cane, cassia and olive oil. This oil was used by the priests in the temple. Today anointing oils are made of similar ingredients; one recipe calls for an oil to be made of olive oil, salt, sugar, allspice seeds, whole cloves, myrrh or frankincense.

How Anointing Oils are Used in USA 

The oils are used for a number of different purposes but serve as a symbolic representation of our faith that Christ will answer our prayers through divine intervention. Oil used for anointing is often used when praying for the needs of a specific individual to show that the church is placing their faith in Christ to address that need. Oils are also used during burial, in preparing weapons for war and for their calming influences.

Anointing oils are a vital part of the church and its rituals, and they spread across many cultures. To learn more about the practice of anointing in your church, speak to your pastor, rabbi or priest. They will be happy to answer your questions and set your feet on the path to greater understanding.

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What The Bible Say About Anointing Oil

The Scriptures fail to mention whether Jesus anointed anyone with a healing oil whether it was olive oil or an aromatic essential oil. But could it be that anointing was just so commonplace among rabbis that mentioning it would have been redundant? The question is a good one. However, the Scriptures do tell us that he sent his disciples-the seventy-out to heal and anoint all those who were sick in body and mind. Hmmm. Well if he sent the disciples out in twos into the towns and villages to anoint, then the anointing must have been an important part of the healing. We see no evidence that the disciples questioned Jesus on how to do this anointing so we can presume that Jesus taught them the proper way of using a healing aromatic oil-what we call today-an essential oil.

Rabbinic Sources Say Essential Oils Were Prescribed for Healing

As a Jewish rabbi, Jesus would have known how rabbis used oils. Rabbinic sources from that period prescribe the use of oil in an everyday context for the treatment of sciatic pains, skin afflictions, headaches, and wounds. And there are several examples in Jewish literature that prescribed ritual anointing for exorcism of demons and as part of the process for the healing and release of the bewitched. Therefore, it is quite plausible that Jesus used oils in his everyday encounters with those who were sick. And we know that since he sent his disciples out with clear instructions on anointing, he must have taught them not only how to anoint but when to anoint and what part of the body to anoint.

What Oils Were Used for Healing?

The next question might be "What kind of oil did he use?" This we do know-it was not solely with cooking or lamp oil which would have been their olive oil. The rabbis used healing oils which today we know as therapeutic essential oils. Oils that would have been readily available, although expensive, were oils like frankincense, myrrh, cedarwood, spikenard, balsam, and many more. These oils would have been produced in various ways, all labor intensive through crude distillation or in some cases, immersing the plant material in a heavier oil like olive oil until the essence of the plant oozed out infusing the olive oil with its healing qualities. In this case, the olive oil would have acted like a "carrier" containing the healing properties of the essential oil. But these oils likewise would have been costly. Even more expensive were custom-made blends. A blend referred to in the Gospels was Nard. Jesus was anointed by a woman in all of the Gospel stories with a substance referred to as "Nard." This is actually a blend of spikenard and myrrh and would have been blended as by the perfumer. Spikenard does not have a pleasant fragrance but rather smells more like 'dirty socks' being in the valerian family of plants. The myrrh would have tempered the fragrance making it a much more pleasing aroma. The story tells us that this oil was contained in an alabaster jar and worth a year's wages. In today's money value, that would amount to approximately $35,000! These alabaster jars would have taken upwards of a year to carve and would have stood about 18 inches high with a slender neck filled with a wax to keep the precious oil or ointment inside for many years. Similar alabaster jars were found in the tomb of Tutankhamen, en Egyptian Pharaoh and still contained precious oils of frankincense, myrrh or balsam.

How Did Jesus and the Disciples Afford Expensive Healing Oils?

The next question might be-"how did Jesus, an itinerant preacher and his disciples who were fishermen, tax collectors and housewives, afford these expensive oils?" Again, the Scriptures give us a clue. They tell us that the "women saw to the needs of the ministry." These were not just poor women-they were women of substance and they provided for whatever was needed for Jesus' ministry to go forward. From this we can deduce that they purchased the expensive aromatic oils for the healing ministry of Jesus.

How can we learn today the ancient art of healing with aromatic essential oils? Educational courses that are Christian-based can help us reclaim our rightful role in healing and anointing. The Institute of Spiritual Healing and Aromatherapy does just that.

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