mandag 26. september 2016

It is about anointing

It is interesting that also with regard to the concept of anointing, I need to go to the Old Testament to get a better understanding. The anointing is an important part of the preparation of both the items and the people involved in sacred rituals:
Make these (1) into a sacred anointing oil, a fragrant blend, the work of a perfumer. It will be the sacred anointing oil. Then use it to anoint the Tent of Meeting, the ark of the Testimony, the table and all its articles, the lampstand and its accessories, the altar of incense, the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, and the basin with its stand. You shall consecrate them so they will be most holy, and whatever touches them will be holy.
Ex 30:25-29
When I teach about anointing and the use of oil, I always stress that there is no “magic” in any physical element. It is the combination of the prompting of the Spirit and the act of faith that releases the special anointing.

The sacred anointing oil is another image of the Spirit, and over the next days, I will look at different qualities of the oil. These qualities are also the qualities of the anointing of the Spirit, which again are recognized among the characteristics of holiness. So if you are interested in the subject of anointing, hang on!

‘Manna’ for today:

Holiness is about anointing
(1) The ingredients were 500 shekels of liquid myrrh, 250 shekels of fragrant cinnamon, 250 shekels of fragrant cane, 24 500 shekels of cassia and a hin of olive oil.

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