According to Psalms 133: 1-3 – “There” the Lord bestows His blessing and life evermore! Not only the blessing but we acquire eternal life in His presence. If there should be a blessing and eternal life, precious oil should be poured (generously) on our head.
The oil is pure, and it is not available anywhere in this material world. How should we prepare this holy oil?
What are the ingredients of the sacred anointing oil? How should it be prepared?
According to Exodus 30:22-25, there are 5 ingredients.
500 shekels – liquid myrrh was used for two purposes. When a new baby is born and when there is a funeral at a house, people used to carry liquid myrrh.
Liquid myrrh denotes death of evil. Our sins, our evil deeds, our worldly desires should die so that we acquire the sacred anointing oil. As said in 1 Peter 4: 3, we have to abolish lust, drunkenness, orgies and other worldly sins.
In the Old Testament, a goat or a cow was sacrificed for the sins of people. The animal was slaughtered so that people become free of their sins. But there are certain procedures for this sacrifice.
For instance, read Leviticus 4: 1-12. We are the sheep in the New Testament. We have to offer ourselves to be killed, beheaded in spiritual sense so that we do not put our desires on worldly stuff.
The blood (life) should be poured in the altar. We should be skinned (in spiritual sense) so that our differences and pride disappear.
The fat (pride) should be burnt. The intestine (the desire for food) should be burnt. We should not take our desire for food lightly since this can be a great hindrance to our spiritual growth.
The liver denotes all the bitterness (misunderstanding with our fellow believers) which should be removed completely. The fat that covers the liver should also be burned so that we do not put all the burden on ourselves.
Kidneys denote the bad characteristics that are passed on to our generation. In order to avoid this from happening we need to burn the kidneys (in spiritual sense) completely. The thigh (our own strength) should be eliminated.
We should not rely on our own strength but rather we should believe completely in the Lord. The tail denotes our mischievousness we do that are not supposed to do as Lord’s people. And the offal denotes all the waste from our flesh; we do not usually look back at our excretion – this means that we should not look back at the sins that we once left.
This is used to eliminate bad breadth. We should keep our mouth and tongue clean, in spiritual sense. The words we speak should not produce strife. As we read in Psalms 19:14, the words of our mouth should be pleasing in the sight of the Lord.
It is very flexible. We should be flexible, adjusting and adapting and be in good fellowship with others. As Jesus teaches us in Matthew 5: 38-45, we have to be very adjusting. We should not only love our neighbor but also love our enemies.
This gives enormous fragrance to the sacred anointing oil. This denotes that our life be good witness before the others. We should not just talk the talk but walk the walk.
Our life should be in such a manner that others praise our God by seeing our good deeds. 2 Corinthians 2: 15 – we should be a good aroma to our Lord as well so that He is pleased. As we read in Luke 4: 22, Jesus lived as a model to this very aspect.
Everyone spoke well of Jesus they were amazed at the gracious words that came from His mouth. 1 Timothy 6: 11,12 – The people from the world, our fellow believers and others should make good confession about us!
This denotes Holy Spirit. Olive oil stays as the basic element that helps combining all the other ingredients to make the sacred anointing oil. If we are anointed by the Holy Spirit and if we lead our life according to His guidance, we shall conquer in the worldly battle.