This month's teaching : Repentance

What is Oil?

Previously, I wrote of the time when Mary anointed Jesus with oil. Now I want to bring out just what that oil really is. The good Samaritan had oil for healing. The five wise virgins had oil for light. Elijah had oil to anoint those chosen for the position of priest. Samuel used oil to anoint a young lad, destined to be king. Oil was poured upon the head of Aaron as he became the high priest. Anointing with oil was the transitional act in sanctifying the tabernacle, as well as people with specific callings. Eleazar and Ithamar, the sons of Aaron, were not allowed to grieve over their brother’s death because they were anointed with oil. Leviticus 10:7 And ye shall not go out from the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: for the anointing oil of the Lord is upon you… The oil of God is the fear of the Lord. What is this oil?

In my studies concerning the subject and meaning of oil, it has become apparent that oil relates to an active aspiration of strength from the sweet currents of heaven within the once twisted, unbelieving heart. Oil and strength are like our two feet. Both functioning together will carry out the achievement of purposes in our natural life. The oil of joy is the instrument that serves the wholesomeness of God’s blessings to one’s self and others. Isaiah 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness… The joy of the Lord is my strength. The oil of joy is healing, light, reserve, fullness, restoration. The oil which flows through joy drives away heaviness, darkness, and despair. This oil must openly flow from the well in our lives to generate joyful endurance, strength, valor, and courage. Joy is most fully experienced when it is released by expression through thanksgiving and demonstration of inspiration toward God and man.

When we seal up this potential flow of oil and joy because of fear and disappointment, we can become a curse to others and even curse ourselves. God spoke to Israel and declared what would happen if they continued complaining and focusing on their problems. ‘You will work the work with your hands and many things you will do to prosper, but prospering will be hidden from you. Fruit trees, olive trees, vineyards, sons, daughters—you will have all of these, but you will not enjoy them. You will plant much seed and see little harvest. You will not prosper in the garden of God because you have no oil of gladness.’ Deuteronomy 28:47 because thou servedst not the Lord thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things.

We must understand that oil is not circumstantial, but reserve. There was a widow whose husband had been a God-fearing prophet. Now she was left with an unpayable debt. She was threatened with losing her two sons as payment for the debt. At her request, Elisha came to her house and asked her what she had. She confessed that she had nothing except one thing which you cannot eat. It was only her last little bit of something; one pot of oil! At the prophet’s command, they borrowed all the available pots and many vessels from the neighborhood and set them behind closed doors. The woman started pouring her oil into another pot, and it would not stop! All the vessels were now filled, and it still would not stop. They didn’t have enough vessels to contain the heavenly oil. She was now debt-free and overflowing.

It all started with the hidden little pot of oil being poured forth. There is so much power in that last little pot of oil—it is where it all starts again. It is only the oil on the head of Jehu that can recklessly drive out and destroy Jezebel from her position.

What are we doing with our God-given oil? Let us pour it forth to anoint other lives. Let the joy of our heart burst forth into thanksgiving and praise to our God and to His people. At times our hearts are too heavy in despair to expel its hopelessness. But whilst amid these infirmities we must at once yield our self-pity to find joy, and they will be driven away like a cloud in the morning. These difficulties are not easy to counter in the midst of the struggle, but they can be turned into powerful victories. This brings the sweetest fragrance of hope when all seems diminished. The act of pouring out the sweetness of heavenly oil upon another is contained in the power of salvation within all saints! Your last pot of oil poured forth is your first pot of oil, even if it is borrowed. Hallelujah!

Touch Not Mine Anointed

Before we can fully understand the commandment to not touch God’s anointed, we must understand what the anointing of God is and how it operates. Many have a vague understanding of the anointing of God upon certain people. One of the more general ideas of what the anointing of the Holy Spirit is and how it operates is the way it presents itself through public speaking. Most define the anointing of God as a phenomenon that emanates a thrilling presentation with charisma. To some it is thought of as the way someone handles his voice with efficiency and pragmatic presentation. While this may be a small fraction of wisdom from the anointing, it is not even close to the depth of its significance. The anointing by God upon someone’s life has a position and assignment of servanthood to His specific function: to accomplish and retain His purpose and glory to mankind.

If our understanding on the anointing is as shallow as a specific way the Word of God is presented, then we do not understand the way God sets His order in His kingdom on earth. There is a dire need in the church of our day to understand God’s order in the body of Christ. If we have no clear understanding on what the anointing of the Holy Spirit is, then it is easy to violate in touching of God’s anointed and feel justified. The misinterpretation and natural understanding of God’s anointing will often result in a violation, by touching God’s anointed in times of personal annoyance or offense. With a shallow concept of what the anointing of the Holy Spirit is, we can easily understand why so many people can fearlessly bring tragic impairment to God’s anointed.

The anointing of God upon someone’s life goes extravagantly deeper than the way someone presents themselves in public speaking. The anointing of the Holy Spirit comes from a fountain so deep that most could not contain its responsibility without falling into utter despair. The anointing of God is a decision that the Godhead made in the election of a person for divine service and spiritual authority; to operate and propagate God’s word, will, and influence among a people.

The kingdom of God is in the divine hand of the Heavenly Father operating as King over all. Jesus operates as the Head of the church and the Holy Spirit emanates the life of the Father and Son upon the servants of God. This anointing upon the life of a person will convey and maintain truth, righteousness, holiness, and the miraculous power from God. It will bring and maintain a healthy fear of God among God’s people. This is the order of God from the Garden of Eden until now. This order was resisted when Lucifer challenged Almighty God while in His very presence. The fallen angel Lucifer has not ceased his resistance or his rebellion to this day. Just as the anointed Lucifer influenced one third of heaven’s angels against God, similarly he will achieve his influence upon some on earth. Just because someone has had a certain anointing, this does not make him unsusceptible to the resistance of God’s true order.

When someone touches this anointing which God has placed upon His servant, they break the hand of God upon His order and there is instant chaos. Truth will fall in the streets. Now unrighteousness is considered righteous. Holiness and the love of God pass like a fleeting shadow. The absence of God’s miraculous power becomes the accuser’s song. The presence of God will be replaced by the natural activities of the mind.

The penalties of touching God’s anointed include many terrible consequences. Once Satan executes a successful attempt to touch and wound the purpose of the anointing, things will in most cases never return to being as before. The one whom Satan uses to touch God’s anointed will suffer with inner issues and spiritual fallout that is blistering with condemnation and insults so destructive that some desire to die. Can someone ultimately recover from such tragedy? I cannot answer. There is a reason that we are taught by God not to touch His anointed and walk with carefulness among them.

Somehow there is a sense of reason that everyone is on the same platform of service unto God. Let us not forget the reasoning of Lucifer. He offered the same thoughts; he actually thought himself to be higher than God. Miriam thought she was just as spiritual as Moses, but disguised herself with the fault she found in the woman Moses was married to. Perhaps Miriam was a very spiritual woman; however, she was not called nor anointed to walk where he walked. Korah had spiritual insights until a hole opened beneath him. After the anointing of God upon a person has been touched and the unction broken, God often uses that servant for some other work for His glory. In my studies I have found it is here that God gives them a ministry in a place where the anointing will be jeopardized no longer. These are His anointed and they are His prophets. They are not ours. God has placed a trust in these fellows that only His foreknowledge could secure.

1 Chronicles 16:22 Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.

Psalm 105:15 Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.