“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings.” Isaiah 61:1 KJV
We can, if we put our mind to it, think of a great number of uses for oil. Our cars wouldn’t work without it. Cakes would be flat without it. Fragrant oils fill our houses with pleasant aromas. Each of those things uses a different kind of oil. In the Old Testament God gave directions for a special kind of oil to be formulated and to be used in His holy tabernacle. Prophets, priests and kings were all anointed by oil in the Old Testament to do their work.
When Jesus stood up to give His first sermon He read from Isaiah and declared that He was the one who was anointed by God for ministry. He would fulfill the office of prophet, priest and king. Jesus was the Messiah, literally the Anointed One, for whom all Israel was supposed to have been waiting and who would become a light to the gentiles as well.
When we believed in Christ we were anointed with the oil of the Holy Spirit. Paul says that we were baptized with the Holy Spirit. We have been commissioned to do service for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As Christ was anointed with the Holy Spirit so are we. He, the Holy Spirit, will keep our motors running smoothly, keep us from being flat in our faith walk, and will fill us with a fragrant aroma that will draw others to the true Anointed One.
Dear Father, Thank You for giving me the Holy Spirit and let me not stifle Him in my life. Amen.
The Friday Benediction
Until Monday, my friends, may the good God envelop you with His grace; may you prove the common confession of faith, “I believe in the holy Christian church and in the fellowship of the saints”, and may you be enriched with joy and hope as you exercise that confession this weekend. Amen
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