Annointings for blessings
New testament annointings were for preparedness toward purity in readiness for God’s blessings and actions. They were given to Christ in this lesson, but encourage us all to make ready for God’s presence and actions for healings and our service.
Mat 6:17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,
We often think of fasting to reach out to God for an important prayer, but we also need to remember to anoint and prepare our head spiritually and mentally for a holy attitude to draw closer to God and to be prepared for God’s answer. Fasting, by itself, is not sufficient. The face is also cleansed to show freshness and a pleasant appearance in the midst of inner sacrifice. Fasting is a private thing between a person and god similar to the instruction to pray in secret.
Mat 6:6 But you, when you pray, enter into your room. And shutting your door, pray to your Father in secret; and your Father who sees in secret shall reward you openly.
Mar 14:3 And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as He (Christ) reclined, a woman came with an alabaster vial of pure, costly ointment of spikenard. And she broke the vial and poured it on His head.
Mar 14:8 She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint My body for the burying.
Mar 16:1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of James and Salome, had bought sweet spices so that they might come and anoint Him.
Jesus was anointed before and after death to prepare and physically purify his body. He was already anointed by God spiritually. (See Acts 10:38 below.)
Luk 7:37 And behold, a woman, a sinner in the city, knowing that He reclined in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster vial of ointment.
Luk 7:38 And she stood behind Him, weeping at His feet, and she began to wash His feet with tears and wipe them with the hair of her head. And she ardently kissed His feet and anointed them with the ointment.
Luk 7:39 But seeing this, the Pharisee who had invited Him, spoke within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what kind of woman this is who touches him, for she is a sinner.
Luk 7:40 And answering, Jesus said to him, Simon, I have something to say to you. And he said, Teacher, speak.
Luk 7:41 There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. The one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.
Luk 7:42 And they having nothing to pay, he freely forgave both. Then which of them do you say will love him most?
Luk 7:43 And answering, Simon said, I suppose that one to whom he forgave most. And He said to him, You have judged rightly.
Luk 7:44 And He turned to the woman and said to Simon, Do you see this woman? I entered into your house, yet you gave Me no water for My feet. But she has washed My feet with tears, and has wiped them with the hair of her head.
Luk 7:45 You gave Me no kiss, but this woman, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss My feet.
Luk 7:46 You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with ointment.
Luk 7:47 Therefore I say to you, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, he (that person) loves little.
Luk 7:48 And He said to her, Your sins are forgiven.
Joh 11:2 (And it was that Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.)
Joh 12:3 Then Mary took a pound of ointment of pure spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the odor of the ointment. Mary knew she was a sinner and was overcome with emotion for Jesus because she knew his compassion and grace were sufficient to forgive her. She knew him as her Lord and savior. So should we all be touched. Jesus sacrificed all in obedience to God-the-father and left a legacy to all that would receive it and live in His name.
Joh 9:6 And when He had spoken these things, He spat on the ground and made clay from the spittle. And He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. Even the spit of Christ was sufficient to overcome sickness sent by satan, and in this case, blindness. A similar healing occurred when the woman with the issue of blood touched his garment and was instantly healed. Her faith in Christ led her to risk much (for she was considered unclean) to reach Him and be in His presence. He commanded power to heal as the son of god. That which Satan had sent was defeated even as light overcomes darkness.
Mar 5:25 And a certain woman who had had an issue of blood twelve years,
Mar 5:26 and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and had not been bettered any, but rather came to worse,
Mar 5:27 having heard about Jesus, she came in the press behind and touched His garment.
Mar 5:28 For she said, If I may but touch only His clothes, I will be cured.
Mar 5:29 And instantly the fountain of her blood dried up. And she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.
Mar 5:30 And knowing instantly within Himself that power had gone out of Him, Jesus turned Himself around in the press and said, Who touched My clothes?
Mar 5:33 But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had been done in her, came and fell down before Him and told Him all the truth.
Mar 5:34 And He said to her, Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be whole from your plague.
Act 10:38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, and He went about doing good, and healing all those who were oppressed by the Devil, for God was with Him.
Heb 1:8 But to the Son He says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever. A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
Heb 1:9 You have loved righteousness and hated iniquity, therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness above Your fellows.”
Heb 1:10 And, “You, Lord, have laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the works of Your hands.
Heb 1:11 They shall perish, but You will remain. And they shall all become old as a garment,
Heb 1:12 and as a covering You shall fold them up, and they shall be changed. But You are the same, and Your years shall not fail.” What a beautiful hope for all who follow Christ, that value righteousness and hate iniquity, that they too shall remain and not grow old in Heaven. They too shall be anointed with the oil of gladness and joy forever.