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What is Anointing Oil?

The Hebrew word for “anoint” is mashach, which means to smear, rub, cover, or massage with oil, and in some cases it means “to pour oil over the head or body.” Interestingly, the English word for “massage” is quite similar in meaning and pronunciation. Our English word “anoint” is derived from the ancient Latin word inunctus, which means to smear with oil. It shares the same root as the ancient Hebrew word mashiach for “Messiah” and the ancient Greek word kristos for “Christ” which literally means “anointed one.” In the New Testament, the Hebrew word Messiah only appears twice in John 1:41 and John 4:25, while the Greek word kristos or “Christ” which means “anointed one” is used 361 times. Other words and phrases used in the Scriptures such as anointing oil, ointment, spices, incense, perfumes, odors or sweet savors, aromas, or fragrances, all imply essential oils.

Yeshua (Jesus) was more accurately referred to as Jesus, the Anointed One, by his followers. In Acts 4:26 (NIV) it reads, “The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed one.”

In Jesus’ first public reading of the Torah recorded in Luke 4:18, he quoted Isaiah 61:1 in declaring Himself as the Messiah: “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.”

Other Hebrew words commonly used in reference to anointing include meshach which means oil, mishchah which means anointed or ointment and moshchah which means consecrated portion. The New Testament Greek words for “anoint,” arechrio, means to smear or rub with oil, and by implication, to consecrate for office or religious service, while andaleipho means to anoint.

Other terms such as anointing and ointments are also interchangeably used throughout scripture further obscuring its meaning. For instance, in Song of Solomon 1:3, the Hebrew word for anointing is shemen, which means fat or oil, as a staple, medicament or unguent, and for anointing. However, the King James Version translates the Hebrew word shemen as ointment: “Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee.”

As stated earlier, to be anointed, among other things, is to be set apart and made sacred or consecrated – which is to be dedicated to God for service. It also means to be imparted with grace and enabled with gifts for His divine purpose. The words anoint, anointed, and anointing appear over 156 times in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.

Another term frequently used in scripture to describe oil for anointing was “precious ointment.” Psalm 133:2 describes the anointing of Aaron with “precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments.” The words “precious ointment” indicate that this was not just olive oil but pure essential oils such as those used in the holy anointing oil.

Anointing My Head

“Thou anointest my head with oil…” Psalm 23:5

David probably wrote these words while resting beneath a palm as he watched his sheep. A common practice in the Middle East among shepherds like David was to pour an aromatic oil made of olive oil and other gum resins on the sheep’s head to keep lice and other insects and parasites from getting into the sheep’s wool. If they got near the sheep’s head, the insects could burrow down into the animal’s ears and kill them. The anointing oil protected the sheep by causing their wool to become slippery, making it impossible for insects to get near the sheep’s ears. David understood this and hence, the reason for anointing becoming symbolic of blessing, protection, and empowerment.

Two Types of Anointing

The Bible dictionary mentions two types of anointing: with oil or by the Holy Spirit. This, in turn, has caused some confusion and misunderstanding of what anointing is, because many Bible translators used the words anoint and oil interchangeably as synonymous verbs. For example, in Isaiah 21:5 it reads in the King James Version:

Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink: arise, ye princes, and anoint the shield.

While in the New International Version, Isaiah 21:5 reads:

They set the tables, they spread the rugs, they eat, they drink! Get up, you officers, oil the shields!

Many readers do not realize how anoint and oil are integrally related and go hand in hand. Dr. Dominic N. Allotey, author of The Mystery of the Anointing Oil writes, “There is a powerful connection between the anointing oil and the anointing of the Spirit.” He states that anointing with oil serves as a strong weapon to obliterate yokes and heavy burdens, and empowers people to prosper and walk in victory. He adds, “The anointing oil is the medium through which the power of the Holy Spirit is released. When this is done, the oil ceases from its natural use, for supernatural and spiritual purpose.”

When an individual is anointed with oil, they are set apart for victory, favor, success, greatness and supernatural increase. And, it is the anointing oil that makes this difference. Through scripture, it is the act of anointing with oil that demonstrates this.

In passages of the Bible that refer to being anointed by the Holy Spirit, the act of anointing with oil was most likely practiced. The usage of anointing by the Spirit is mentioned ten times throughout scripture in the following passages:

  • Psalm 2:2
  • Lamentations 4:20
  • Ezekiel 28:14
  • Habakkuk 3:13
  • Zechariah 4:14
  • Luke 4:18
  • Acts 4:27
  • Acts 10:38
  • 2 Corinthians 1:21
  • 1 John 2:27

Anointing oil is empowered by the Holy Spirit and is the tangible manifestation of the presence of God that should be respected. For those who desire the power of God in their life and want to see oppression, sickness, or disease destroyed, being anointed with oil will restore health where there was once sickness, wealth where there was once poverty, and freedom from bondages such as addictions so that they can live a victorious life.

Anointing oil, however, should not be considered a “magic bullet.” A person cannot expect positive results from being anointed with oil if they are not living a consecrated life. This doesn’t mean perfect, but one that is striving toward growth and maturity. If you have expectation for great things, there are many different situations and circumstances for using anointing oil. Every facet of your life can be impacted by using anointing oil.

Dr. Allotey states, “There is something mystical about the anointing oil that cancels out man’s natural limitations and inabilities and catapults him into a realm of limitlessness and unparalleled excellence. The anointing can take someone who is experiencing stagnation and serious financial setbacks, and mold him into a champion, and a mighty man of wealth and power. The ministry of the anointing oil empowers you to the extraordinary, so that which is impossible becomes possible with little human efforts.”

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Cast Your Bread

Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again. – Ecclesiastes 11:1 (NIV)

“How are we going to make it until Mark’s paycheck,” Becca worried? They had another week to go and her family needed groceries and baby formula for Dylan. “God, what are we going to do?” She cried to the Lord. During church, Becca’s husband, Mark, felt impressed to give their last dollar in the offering. They had planned on spending it on a loaf of bread that evening. It was all they could afford. “There goes our loaf of bread,” as Becca joined her husband in giving her last penny she dug out of her change purse. Becca and Mark both knew clinging to the money would do no good. They needed a miracle. After the service, Mark’s friend handed him an envelope. Inside was a check for 100.00. Becca squealed in delight and was grateful to be able to buy the groceries her family desperately needed. To help the money stretch further, Becca used some baby formula coupons she had received from the hospital when the baby was born.

Pushing her cart towards the door, Becca walked away pleased God provided for her family’s needs. Suddenly, the cashier yelled, “Just a minute, I owe you some change.” That seemed odd to Becca, since she had written a check. She walked back over and the cashier explained the coupons changed the total due. The cashier handed her the receipt with change: $1.01. God gave back to Becca and Mark the exact amount they had placed in the offering plate that morning.

Becca trusted God by casting her bread upon the waters and quickly found it again. Can you trust God today with your needs? As you freely share with others, believe God’s Word that says it will come back again.


Thank you, Lord, for providing for my needs, so that I can freely give. Amen.


Trust God with your finances.

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Who Was Anointed in the Bible?


Who Was Anointed in the Bible?

During biblical times, an individual was anointed with oil to signify God’s blessing or call on that person’s life. A person or an object was anointed for a special purpose – whether it be a king, a prophet, or an instrument used in the sanctuary. As a public act with witnesses gathered, an anointing makes a clear distinction of the one “called” for a specific purpose.

In the case of priests, they were anointed to carry out the duties in the care of the Temple, while prophets were anointed with boldness in order to carry out the great commission in proclaiming God’s word. Kings were anointed to lead the people. Other anointings mentioned in scripture included the sanctification of utensils and objects and for healing the sick.

Listed below are examples of those anointed in scripture:

  • Priests (Exodus 40:13) – carry out duties of worship and sacrifice
  • Prophets (1 Kings 19:16) – proclaim God’s word
  • Kings (1 Samuel 16:3) – rule and lead
  • Sick (Mark 6:13) – restoration
  • Guests / Hospitality (Ecclesiastes 9:8) – enjoyment and pleasure
  • Objects (Leviticus 8:10) – set apart for holy service
  • Deceased / Burial (Mark 14:8)  – preparing the body
  • People of God (Ecclesiastes 9:8) – joy and gladness

 Today, I will cover priests.


In Exodus 28:41, the Lord instructs Moses that Aaron and his sons are to be anointed, consecrated, and sanctified as holy priests that they may minister unto Him. In Exodus 28:41 it says, “And thou shalt put them upon Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him; and shalt anoint them, and consecrate them, and sanctify them, that they may minister unto me in the priest’s office.”

This anointing called for using a specific recipe designated as the Holy Anointing Oil prescribed in Exodus 30:23-24, that was used to set apart the priests who would carry out the duties of worship and sacrifice in the Tent of Meeting. Whenever a priest was anointed, it always employed the use of this aromatic holy anointing oil. There are over 30 incidents of priests being anointed in the Bible.

Aaron was anointed as Israel’s High Priest with the anointing oil. In Exodus 40:13 it says, “And thou shalt put upon Aaron the holy garments, and anoint him, and sanctify him; that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office.”

In Exodus 29:7, Moses is instructed to take the anointing oil and pour it over his head, unlike what many pastors in churches do today by placing a dab of oil on the tip of the finger and symbolically making the sign of the cross on a person’s forehead. Instead, the scripture states:

“Then shalt thou take the anointing oil, and pour it upon his head, and anoint him.”

Further down in verse 21, he continues with instructions to anoint Aaron and his sons’ garments. Exodus 29:21 says, “And thou shalt take of the blood that is upon the altar, and of the anointing oil, and sprinkle it upon Aaron, and upon his garments, and upon his sons, and upon the garments of his sons with him: and he shall be hallowed, and his garments, and his sons, and his sons’ garments with him.”

And finally, in Exodus 29:29, the scriptures states that the holy garments that Aaron and his sons shall wear should be anointed and ordained for service. It reads, “And the holy garments of Aaron shall be his sons’ after him, to be anointed therein, and to be consecrated in them.”

Psalm 133:2 describes the anointing of Aaron with “precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments.”

Interestingly, David compares harmonious unity and brotherhood to the fragrant anointing oil that ran down the head of Aaron, over his beard, to the fringe of his garments. Psalm 133:1-2 says:

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments.”

David’s comparison of people coming together in one accord is no doubt a reference to the four spices of the Holy Anointing Oil, which like the foundation of any perfume together forms a “synergy” with an extraordinary fragrant bouquet. Myrrh, one of the key ingredients of the Holy Anointing Oil, is well known in the perfume industry as a “servant” oil or fixing oil that serves to bind the other fragrances together in one accord. David’s reference to this oil that runs down the beard of Aaron demonstrates there is no lack – it is in abundance and overflowing. In contrast, when there is no oil, friction and sparks fly from conflict and there is strife when personalities clash. Oh, how smooth and pleasant it is when the oil of unity flows down profusely!

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Purpose of Anointing Oil

The primary purpose of anointing oil and its use with a priest or the objects used in the tabernacle or temple was to make them qodesh or “set apart”– most holy as described in Exodus 30:29.

While the Holy Anointing Oil was originally used exclusively for the priests and the articles used in the Tabernacle, later it was extended to include prophets and kings (1 Samuel 10:1).

Certain restrictions outlined in the Torah regarding its usage included:

  • It was forbidden to use the Holy Anointing Oil on an outsider (Exodus 30:33)
  • It was not to be used on the body of any common persons (Exodus 30:32a)
  • Israelites were forbidden to duplicate any like it, nor were they allowed to use the specific formula outlined in scripture for personal use (Exodus 30:32b)

Jim Lynn, author of The Miracle of Healing In Your Church Today (Trafford Publishing), states that the Tent of Meeting in Old Testament scriptures served as a type, or pattern and shadow, of the real Church to come (Hebrews 10:1). When God gave instruction for anointing the Tent of Meeting with specific essential oils, he was in effect giving instruction to anoint the Body of Christ (Ephesians 5:29-30). Years later in the New Testament, when Mary anointed Yeshua’s body in John 12:1-8, she physically anointed what the Old Testament priests could only symbolically anoint, as the forerunner of Christ’s Body (1 Corinthians 6:15).

Under Old Testament law, no layperson could touch the holy oil used for anointing the Tent of Meeting because of its sacredness. Yet here is Mary, a layperson, anointing Yeshua with a whole jar of precious oil and wiping his oil-soaked feet with her hair.

Lynn states, “What Mary did, she did for herself. But God used the occasion to enjoin (bless) man’s flesh with the flesh of His own Son: Something that had not happened previously. Mary’s anointing of Jesus bonds all of humanity to the ultimate sacrifice Jesus Christ paid for our physical and spiritual healing (Isaiah 53:4-5).

“God stipulated healing oils be used in the Tent of Meeting because He ordained them to be the natural counterpoint of Christ’s healing ministry (Acts 10:38). Israel (Jacob) called them the ‘best products of the land.’ When Jesus Christ, centuries later accepted Mary’s anointing of healing oil, He confirmed the sacred, healing role essential oils hold for us today.”

Lynn believes that it is important for people who use essential oils to understand why they were acknowledged in Holy Scripture and used in the disciples’ ministry of healing the sick (Mark 6:13). Lynn writes, “God has blessed essential oils and their use for healing, because they symbolically and physically bond mortal, corruptible human flesh to incorruptible, divine, eternal flesh in Jesus Christ and serve as a reminder that it is God who is our Healer (Exodus 15:26).”

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Hot Off The Press! How to Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally with Essential Oil

71yV5gswj1LHot off the press! Check out our latest book release: How to Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally with Essential Oil.

One out of three adults have it, and another one-third don’t realize it. Oftentimes, it goes undetected for years. Even those who take multiple medications for it still don’t have it under control. It’s no secret — high blood pressure is rampant in America. High blood pressure, or hypertension, has become a household term. Between balancing meds and monitoring diets though, are the true causes — and best treatments — hidden in the shadows?

In How to Lower Blood Pressure Naturally With Essential Oil, Rebecca Park Totilo sheds light on what high blood pressure is, the causes and symptoms of high blood pressure, and which essential oils regulate blood pressure and how to use essential oils as a natural, alternative method. Included within the pages of this book are simple blending techniques, dilution charts, and a wide variety of recipes for everyday use such as the Heart Plus Roll-On Blend and the Love My Heart Massage Oil. Get creative with the basic blend recipes and discover your new favorite “medication.” With no side effects and no prescription necessary, essential oils offer a healthy aromatic and therapeutic option for controlling your blood pressure.

In this informative book:

  • Bust the myths of “questionable” oils
  • Learn simple topical applications and inhalation methods
  • Blend by “notes” to make super-easy recipes
  • Explore numerous essential oil profiles and their common uses
  • Discover the health benefits of carrier oils
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