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And He Made The Holy Anointing Oil
Exodus 37:29 says - "And he made the holy anointing oil..."
Have you ever wondered how Bezaleel made "the holy anointing oil" ?
The Lord instructed Moses in Exodus 30:23-25 so that he - in turn - would instruct Bezaleel - " in whom the LORD put wisdom and understanding to know how to work all manner of work for the service of the sanctuary"(Exodus 36:1) to - "Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even two hundred and fifty shekels, and of sweet calamus two hundred and fifty shekels, And of cassia five hundred shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of olive oil an hin: And thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil."
What did God mean when He referred to the spices as being - "principal spices"? He meant the best spices.
And which were the best spices to be used?
"Take thou also unto thee...of pure myrrh..." - Myrrh was the white, fragrant and medicinal gum that issued forth from the trunk or larger thorny branches of the tree resembling the acacia. It grew in places like Arabia, Egypt, and East Africa. This gum was of two different kinds. The kind that was freely flowing or exuded spontaneously from the bark was the best myrrh while the one that oozed out in greater quantity after an incision was made in the bark was of an inferior quality. "Pure myrrh" was that which flowed freely and was of a liquid nature.
"Take thou also unto thee...of sweet cinnamon..." - Cinnamon came from a small tree that was twenty feet tall and resembled the bay tree. It grew in the Island of Ceylon or where we find Sri Lanka today. It was extracted from the inner bark and then dried in the sun. It was very odiferous and spicy. It was called "sweet cinnamon" to distinguish it from the bitter brand.
"Take thou also unto thee...of sweet calamus..." - This fragrant cane or rush grew in Egypt and was generally two feet high. From the root, a knotted stalk that was round grew which contained a soft white pith. When it reached maturity of growth, it was cut down, dried, and then powdered.
"Take thou also unto thee...of cassia..." - The "cassia" was of the same species of tree as the "cinnamon." It was less costly than the cinnamon and, whenever the latter ran out, the apothecary would put in its stead a double quantity of "cassia."
"Take thou also unto thee...of olive oil an hin" - The "apothecary" bruised, pounded, mixed together, and boiled all of the "principal spices." The remains were then mixed in with the oil and myrrh and boiled until the watery part had evaporated. What was left of the boiled spices was strained out - leaving a beautiful fragrance in the oil.
Actually, twenty-one pounds of dry spices were mixed with five or six quarts of oil and fourteen pounds of liquid myrrh to produce the "holy anointing oil."
It became the emblem of sanctification in both objects and persons whereby they became anointed or separated for the service of God. We see this exemplified in the following Scriptures -
Genesis 31:13 says - "I am the God of Bethel, where thou anointest the pillar..."
Exodus 30:26-32 says - "And thou shalt anoint the tabernacle of the congregation therewith, and the ark of the testimony, And the table and all his vessels, and the candlestick and his vessels, and the altar of incense, And the altar of burnt offering with all his vessels, and the laver and his foot. And thou shalt sanctify them, that they may be most holy: whatsoever toucheth them shall be holy. And thou shalt anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister unto Me in the priest's office. And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, This shall be an holy anointing oil unto Me throughout your generations. 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."
Leviticus 8:12 says - "And he poured of the anointing oil upon Aaron's head, and anointed him, to sanctify him."
1 Samuel 9:16 says - "Tomorrow about this time I will send thee a man out of the land of Benjamin, and thou shalt anoint him to be captain over My people Israel, that he may save My people out of the hand of the Philistines..."
Psalm 89:20 says - "I have found David My servant; with My holy oil have I anointed him."
Psalm 133:2 says - "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."
Hebrews 1:9 says - "Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows."
Herein is the description of how "the holy anointing oil" was made. In reading it over, we cannot help but see ourselves in the composition of this "most holy" compound.
"Myrrh" was one of the main ingredients used. We studied that the "pure myrrh" or the finest kind was that which oozed out of the tree. The inferior quality exuded after an incision was made in the bark.
God would have us to be like the "pure myrrh" in that we are constantly exuding the "savor of Christ" or the life of Jesus wherever we go. It shouldn't be necessary for us to always be "cut" or broken through fiery trials before this precious inner "treasure"(2 Corinthians 4:7) is seen and felt by others. God would have us to be of the "pure" kind rather than of an inferior quality. The Scripture tells us - "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God"(Matthew 5:8).
We can see another analogy being made to our lives in the making of this holy compound. All of the "principal spices" are gathered and infused into the oil. Then they are strained out - leaving an admirable smell in the oil. When God anoints us, He doesn't negate our personality. He uses our individuality. Hence, the "spices" would be the gifts, talents, experiences, and knowledge which He has given to us. He takes them and infuses them all in the "oil" or workings of the Spirit. Then through the process of "dying to self," He strains them all out of the oil - leaving a sweet anointing on our lives - which exemplifies Jesus and not Self.
"And he made the holy anointing oil..."
He made it for one purpose - to set us apart for His service.
Are you set apart today? Have you been infused in His oil?
Are you full of Self or Jesus?
May God Bless His Word.