Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: James 5:14
I have spent a lot of time thinking about healing lately. What does the Bible say about healing? After a quick scriptural search, I found several popular verses on healing, James 5:14, being one of them. Well, this led me to consider “anointing with oil”. A practice that is interesting within itself. For there are contradictory beliefs on the topic of the use of oils in the Bible itself and the use of oil in today’s culture, by Christians and non-Christians.
Nevertheless, anointing oils that are made of naturally occurring material, such as plants and trees are referenced numerous times in the Bible. Including the 5th verse of the 23rd Psalms, Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Which leads one to conclude that natural sickness and spiritual sickness can be alleviated by the rubbing on of oil. Granted an assumption that may or may not be acceptable to everyone.
While the use of anointing oils is unquestionably a personal choice based on one’s individual relationship with God. I thought it would be beneficial and a teachable moment, to examine the oils mentioned in the Bible. Let’s briefly investigate the historical record of 12 essential oils, in order to grasp the source of each oil and how it was used in the Bible.
Colossians 4:14 affirms, Luke, the beloved physician, sends you his greetings, … While, Matthew 9:12, assert But when Jesus heard this, He said, It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. From those two verses there does not appear to be a conflict between the use of a physician and the use of essential oils from the Bible. So, over the next 12 weeks, we will limit the scope of this investigation to just the nature of these essential oils and how they were used for anointing in biblical times.
Olive oil is not addressed directly in this series. The 12 anointing oils mentioned in the Bible that will be reviewed include: aloes, cassia, cedarwood, cypress, frankincense, galbanum, hyssop, myrrh, myrtle, onycha, Rose of Sharon, and spikenard. Taking these in alphabetical order, we will begin with aloes.
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