Scripture for Today: Hebrews 1:9 “You have loved righteousness and You have hated lawlessness. Therefore God, even Your God has anointed You with the oil of exultant joy and gladness above and beyond Your companions.”
There can be lots of confusion about oils; which ones are beneficial and which ones to avoid. Saturated or unsaturated, polyunsaturated or monounsaturated. Olive oil is especially lauded for its health benefits. I only recently learned I should not keep my olive oil near a heat source, and all this time it has been next to the stove top!
Groves of olive trees are a common sight in Israel as they grow so well in a warm arid climate. In biblical times the olive oil was used for lighting, cooking, personal grooming, sacred offerings, and for medical use. But what really interests me is its use for anointing prophets and kings. Oil was poured on the head to set one apart.
Our verse for today refers to Jesus Christ. In fact, the name, “Christ” in Greek means, “anointed.” God set apart Jesus and gave Him a position that is above any other. He not only is worthy of this distinction, but this anointing oil comes with joy and gladness.
I, too, am anointed with oil! Psalm 23:5 says that the Lord does this for His own. I am set apart for Him. The oil also represents His Holy Spirit, who testifies with my spirit that I belong to Him (Romans 8:16) What a cause for rejoicing! This oil is surely the “good oil!”
Rather than think about elevated cholesterol levels the next time I pick up that bottle of olive oil, I want to instead remember this image. I am one of His anointed ones, set apart for Him. What joy and gladness to belong to Him!