Saturday, February 26, 2011

Oil: Week 2

Being anointed with oil

1 Samuel 10:1, "Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on Saul's head and kissed him, saying, "Has not the Lord anointed you leader over his inheritance?"

1 Samuel 16:13 "So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came upon David in power. Samuel then went to Ramah."

Psalm 23:5 "You prepare a table before me in the presence of mine enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows."

Oil was used to anoint people with oil. At first it was Aaron and the other priests, later it was used to anoint the kings, like we see with Saul and David. Another interesting use for it was for the honored guest at the banquet. This is what Jesus referred to in Luke 7:46 . He was the honored guest and should have been anointed with oil. So important people are anointed with oil, whether they are important to your home or to your country. Remember anointed means to set apart to the Lord for a particular task and divine equipping for the task. I understand how that can be used with priests and kings. I was surprised that this applied to honored guests as well. I guess it doesn't have the same extremity of set apart, but there is something there. There is something expected of the host and of the guest. I'm not sure what to make of this, but it is still there.

Back to kings and priests, they are anointed because they are so important to the kingdom of God. Leviticus 10:8-11 specifically talk about it. If you look back at 7, it says they can't leave the Tent of Meeting to mourn for their unclean brothers/sons because if they did they would die. They can't even mourn them. This gives you an idea of how much more important their new job is as priest than their previous job as men in the family. Not to say that it was no longer a important, but God should be that much more to them. And whatever he commands of them, they must do because they have been set apart for God. They are to distinguish between the clean and unclean, the holy and the common, and then teach the Israelites what God has to say. They are set apart to be given this knowledge. If they corrupt themselves, how will those under them know these things. They won't! This is why they have more responsibility than others. This obviously applies to priests. However the later addition of kings transferred the responsibility to them as well. This is not a responsibility to take lightly. It is something that is weighing particularly heavy on mind tonight. Drew and I are youth leaders at our church and involved in other things there as well. Drew is also getting ready to start school to get his degree and eventual ordination. We are responsible for the souls of the children that pass through our doors. That is a hefty responsibility.

1 comment:

  1. That reallly does show how high a standard the priests were held to. Kind of like the saying with more respect comes more responsibility. I'm sure they felt burrdened down sometimes with their responsibilites. But god would never give them more than they could handle. So even though the road was tough I'm sure they made it to the end and God blessed them for it. -jordan