In the Christian community there is a term thrown around called anointing
– He is an anointed worship leader
– She is an anointed intercessor
– He is an anointed leader
– She is an anointed teacher
What does that mean?
Last week we looked at a passage about David’s calling/ anointing to become king of Israel
1 Samuel 6:6-13 “When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.”
7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
8 Then Jesse called Abinadab and had him pass in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “The Lord has not chosen this one either.” 9 Jesse then had Shammah pass by, but Samuel said, “Nor has the Lord chosen this one.” 10 Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The Lord has not chosen these.” 11 So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?”
“There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.”
Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.”
12 So he sent for him and had him brought in. He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features.
Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one.”
13 So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David. Samuel then went to Ramah.”
– We looked at how God sees things differently than we do
– We discussed our tendency to look at children in this same way
Something happened in this story that completely intrigues me
– Samuel is told by God to anoint David to be the next king
– From that day forward the Spirit of the Lord came upon him powerfully
Something changed within David when he was anointed by Samuel.
This got me chewing.
– Why are some people “anointed” powerfully and others not
– Why do some people have that “it” factor
– How can we get in touch with this anointing in our church?
So this morning we are going to explore both the Old Testament and New Testament teaching on anointing.
First let’s look at some Definitions:
Anoint (physical act) – Pour on, smear all over or rub into
Anoint (spiritual dynamic) – Empowered by God to accomplish a task he has called you to
Jesus quoted a prophecy about himself written in Isaiah:
Isaiah 61:1-3 “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,[a]
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.”
Here’s a KEY for us to realize: God anoints people for a specific task or calling!
I CANNOT CARRY OR RECEIVE SOMEONE ELSE’S ANOINTING OR CALLING
Anointing was a common practice within certain areas (Not for everyday use)
1. The first area of OT anointing is PRIESTS
Exodus 40:12-16 12 “Bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the tent of meeting and wash them with water. 13 Then dress Aaron in the sacred garments, anoint him and consecrate him so he may serve me as priest. 14 Bring his sons and dress them in tunics. 15 Anoint them just as you anointed their father, so they may serve me as priests. Their anointing will be to a priesthood that will continue throughout their generations.” 16 Moses did everything just as the Lord commanded him.
It was the common practice to anoint with oil the priests
– Wash themselves to be clean
– Anoint them to receive the calling of a priest to perform the duties of a priest
– This was only for Levite males when they turned the age 20 – 30 (Early on they may not have had an age requirement)
2. The second area was the PROPHET
1 Kings 19:16 “and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet.”
It was a common practice for one prophet to anoint another to carry the mantle of authority or the office of a prophet
The prophet was a vital part of the functioning of Jewish life
– The prophet was the mouth piece of God
– The priest was the mediator between God and man
3. The third area of anointing was the king
We saw this with King David, but the previous verse of 1 Kings 19:16 sums it up well
1 Kings 19:13-18 Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
14 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”
15 The Lord said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. 16 Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet. 17 Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu. 18 Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.”
So in the Old Testament God had three main groups anointed:
Jesus was the fulfillment of all three of these offices!
Let’s look at the New Testament teaching of anointing and how it applies to us.
The biggest difference for us in today’s age is that there is now no more separation between God and people.
– When Jesus died on the cross the veil in the temple was torn in two
– Once where only the priests could go now all have the ability to enter in
Ephesians 3:11-22 11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)— 12 remember that at that time you were separated from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
– A ton of stuff here
– Once there was separation
– Now there is no separation
– Now we are members of God’s family
– Now we are a dwelling place for the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit changes everything
– In the Old Testament the Spirit of the Lord came upon people
– Now the Holy Spirit dwells within all believers
2 Corinthians 1:21-22 21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
– God is our strength
– He anointed us
– He put his seal of ownership on us
– He put the Holy Spirit in us
We have all been anointed
1 John 2:20 “But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.”
Remember the verse Jesus quoted about himself
– The Spirit of the Lord has anointed me
– To proclaim good news to the poor
– Bind up the brokenhearted
– To proclaim freedom to the captives
Jesus was anointed for a specific task
We receive an anointing to perform a specific task
ALL HAVE BEEN GIVEN SPIRITUAL GIFTS
1 Corinthians 13:1-3 13 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
– Anointing cannot equal giftedness
ANOINTING = LOVE IN GIFTEDNESS
We can all live anointed lives:
– Love God by pleasing Him
– Love others with your gifts
Sounds like the Greatest commandment:
Matthew 22:34-40 34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
This tells me that we can all be great and anointed…
IT IS ALL ABOUT LOVE