EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int. Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020
Exodus 30:32 - Upon man's flesh shall it not be poured, neither shall ye make any other like it, after the composition of it: it is holy, and it shall be holy unto you.
In today’s reading text, we can see that anointing oil was made specifically to anoint Aaron, his children, and instruments of the tabernacle. It did not go beyond that. It ended with the use of the tabernacle. In fact, it was not the anointing oil used for normal rubbing of the body or used as a healing balm.
In today’s key verse, we see the Lord instruct that nobody makes any other like it. God gave this specific commandment because He had foreseen replication and abuse of the anointing oil. Anointing oil was never used to anoint any prophet in Israel. Moses was not anointed with oil. Joshua who took over from him was not anointed with oil. Samuel used it on Saul for kingship, but Samuel himself as a prophet was not anointed with oil.
Looking at all the prophets of old, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Elijah, Elisha etc., none was anointed with oil for commission into office. When Elisha was taking over from Elijah, was he anointed with oil? All through the old testament, no prophet was anointed with oil. Who then was anointed with oil? It was only the kings. Why? The prophets were chosen by the Holy Ghost.
The Bible says the prophets spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. Since the Holy Ghost had come upon them, they did not need anointing oil to be commissioned into office. Anointing oil put upon the priest was a symbol of the Holy Spirit. Why? The priesthood office was by family succession but, the office of the prophet was not by natural succession. It is whomever the Holy Spirit chooses. Since the Holy Spirit has come upon him, anointing is needless. When the main Person has come, the shadow is no more required.
In the Old Testament, there was no instance that a prophet anointed anybody with oil for the purpose of praying for him. Whether he was sick, or he wanted breakthrough, there was no instance like that. When Elisha was to decree a child for the Shunammite woman, did he anoint the woman with oil? When the woman eventually gave birth to a son and he died, did Elisha anoint the child with oil to raise him up from the dead? In a similar scenario, did Elijah use oil to bring the son of the widow of Zarephat back to life? This means the way the anointing oil is used in our time is even strange to the old testament.
Thought for the day:
There are many strange practices in today’s church. Do not be part of it.
Song for the day:
Give me that old time religion……
Bible reading for the day:
Psalm 59-61; Acts 28:16-31
PASTOR PAUL RIKA