FROM FRANKINCENSE AND MYRRH TO ONYCHA AND GALBANUM; BIBLICAL STORIES ARE FULL OF REFERENCES TO OIL. By Theresa Vardilos
Those who know me well know my passion for finding and sharing new and practical information with others. This past year I’ve learned much about essential oils; specifically, how to use them in conjunction with praying for others.
I love God’s Word and believe the Bible is the ultimate authority on how we live our lives today. The more I study the Bible, the more I find that it is chalked full of references to oils and anointing. Why is this?
I recently read about the ceremony where Aaron was made High Priest over all Israel. In Exodus 29:7 God says to the Israelites, “You shall take the anointing oil and pour it on his head and anoint him.”
I picture Aaron kneeling before God at the entrance of the Temple, wearing the ceremonial garments, with a long grey beard, surrounded by the people. And the next scene is something most of us have never witnessed in modern times; a large container of fragrant oil is poured over his head, running down his beard and onto his garments. The fragrance of the oil would have emanated throughout the gathering to all surrounding.
The whole scenario sounds strange, doesn’t it? Why was such a practice used in this extremely important ceremony and what did it symbolize exactly? Why oil? What was God, in His wisdom, telling the Israelites? If God teaches us to anoint in the Bible, why has using oils become a lost art in our lives today?
There are 1,031 references to oils in the Bible. You may find them mentioned by name or by “sweet savors, spices, anointing of a king or people, incense, ointments, odors, perfumes, the oil of joy, or oil producing plants.” We know the anointing oil poured on Aaron’s head was a combination of Frankincense, Myrrh, Onycha, and Galbanum.
Each oil comes from a different plant, each plant with its own unique properties. God, in His all-knowing wisdom, instructed the Israelites how to use the oils. The good news is that these oils are still available to us today, and as powerful as they were in ancient times!
Here are just a few examples of some of these powerful Biblical oils and their significance:
Hyssop: Spiritually Cleansing – In Ps 59:7, David cry’s out to God, “Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me and I will be whiter than snow.” During the Passover, branches of hyssop were used. We also see Hyssop mentioned during Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.
Cypress: God, in his wisdom, had Noah build the ark out of Cypress, also known as Gopherwood, because he knew it would allow the passengers to breath easy and remind them of His provision and the reverence they should have towards Him.
Cedarwood: God led Solomon to build the Temple of unfinished Cedarwood, specifically to bring the aromas of reverence in His presence. This aromatic plant is mentioned more in the Bible than any other plant – over 70 times.
Frankincense and Myrrh: Both were used as ingredients in the Holy Anointing Oil in the Old Testament. In the New Testament, these extremely valuable and well known oils were presented to Jesus as kingly gifts. The oils were so valuable that many scholars believe the oils provided provision as well for Jesus’ family while they were in Egypt.
To learn more, you are invited to attend my Biblical Oils class on June 1, 2017 at 7:00 pm.
Theresa Vardilos’ passion for the Lord and no-nonsense approach to health shine through on a daily basis. Her classes – which include topics such as parenting, knowing your spiritual gifts, and wellness – are a source of practical tips and advice to hundreds of women. A gifted teacher, she will walk you through the ancient oils of scripture and share new insights into God’s amazing love and provision. Theresa and her husband, Byron, live in Southern California and work from home as entrepreneurs. They are the proud parents of 2 boys and 2 girls, whom they homeschool. Connect with Theresa at firstname.lastname@example.org or at www.facebook.com/thismomcares/.