smear or rub with oil, typically as part of a religious ceremony.
synonyms: consecrate, bless, ordain
“…you anoint my head with oil, my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord, forever.”
What comes to mind when you think of the word “anoint”? When I think of the word anoint, my thoughts drift to the symbolic image of an infant when their forehead is anointed with oil or water during a baptism. Maybe you thought of a bride and groom being anointed at the altar during their wedding ceremony. But how many of us really understand what the word ‘anoint’ means and how it relates to our daily lives?!
Let’s take a journey through Scripture and see what the Word tells us about who and what is anointed!
Anoint in the Old Testament?
In the Old Testament only three groups of people were anointed: kings, priests and prophets.
Kings were anointed to rule over the dominion given to them and lead their people through battles. In 1 Kings, we see King David addressing Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet with commands to anoint Solomon,
”Zadok the priest took the horn of oil from the tabernacle and anointed Solomon. Then they blew the ram’s horn, and all the people proclaimed, ‘Long live King Solomon!’ “
1 Kings 1:39
Priests were anointed to perform their duties of worship and sacrifice to God. In Exodus 28, we see the Lord speaking to Moses, “You shall put them on Aaron your brother and on his sons with him; and you shall anoint them and ordain them and consecrate them, that they may serve Me as priests.”
Prophets were anointed in order to proclaim God’s Word. “Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet (1 Kings 19:16).”
Among those people chosen to be anointed, Scripture also tells us of objects that were anointed so they could be set aside for holy use. “Then Moses took the anointing oil and anointed the tabernacle and everything in it, and so consecrated them… (Leviticus 8:10).”
Anoint in the New Testament
Can I get an amen that a lot transpired between the Old Testament and New Testament that allows you and me to also be anointed?! That’s right! Did you know that right now, right where you are, you are anointed by God? Anointing isn’t just for kings, priests and prophets anymore. Hallelujah!
The name “Christ” is simply the Greek for “Messiah” or “Anointed One” and not just an anointed one but “The Anointed One.”
The same God who anointed the chosen ones in the Old Testament is the same God who anointed His own Son, The Messiah in the New Testament. “You know what has happened throughout the province of Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached— how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power… (Acts 10:37-38).” What was hidden in the Old Testament is revealed in the New Testament. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians, “Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.”
Duties of the Anointed
As the anointed ones, we now have the same duties as those given to the chosen anointed in the Old Testament. As anointed ones, we have a kingly anointing to battle against the trials and tribulations, the sin that separates us from God, and to lead our families in this broken and fallen world. As anointed ones, we have a priestly anointing to worship, pray, and exalt the Most High. And as anointed ones, we have a prophetic anointing to proclaim the Good News of what’s to come. We ARE a royal priesthood.
We have a calling over our lives and we don’t have to be a king, priest or prophet to fulfill it. God doesn’t call the qualified. You are already qualified because YOU are chosen, set apart and anointed.
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