Scripture Reading: Exodus 29:1-30:38 / Mark 6:6-29 / Proverbs 5:15-23
Undoubtedly you have heard the phrase, “Often imitated but never duplicated.” This slogan has been around a long time and advertisers have used it for more than 80 years to sell everything from cars to tennis rackets. The earliest use was in 1928 by an English tailor but it also is used to introduce the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders at Dallas Cowboys home football games.
The message conveyed is that the advertised product is coveted and even produced but never up to the original’s high standards and immense quality. There are few things in life of which that can be said but God speaks of His anointing that far surpasses anything of this world. If duplicated, the judgment of God would result, “Whoever makes perfume like it and whoever puts it on anyone other than a priest must be cut off from his people.” (Exodus 30:33)
God gave Moses a recipe for making the sacred anointing oil. The anointing oil was not just ordinary oil. The ingredients were to be pure and exact. Four different spices of varying amounts and olive oil were to be mixed by a perfumer. Moses was instructed to anoint the tabernacle and its furnishings - the ark, mercy seat, golden and brazen altars, table of showbread, candlesticks, laver and all the vessels. They were to be set apart for the work of the Lord.
In the Old Testament, everything in ministry was to be anointed with oil. God also instructed kings and priests to be anointed. The priests weren’t just dabbed with oil, it was poured out on their heads, ran down their beards and onto their clothes. It was a powerful display of consecration and sanctification. They were set apart for God’s glory and honor.
The purpose and significance of God’s anointing is so powerful that man can never duplicate it. Nothing can compare to the call of God, His divine gifting’s and His empowering Spirit. God does anoint people for specific calls and ministry but He also anoints all of His children with His Holy Spirit! Paul tells the Corinthians that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. Not only are we anointed; we are vessels of the Holy Spirit and carriers of His divine presence!
He sets us apart for Him and like the anointing oil; the fragrance of the divine oil was sweet and precious. We are called the pleasing aroma of Christ’s love and eternal life. On February 8, 1998, our congregation anointed the steeple that was to be placed on top of our newly constructed sanctuary. As we poured oil over it, we asked God to use it for His glory. As it reached towards heaven, we desired His Spirit to anoint our church as a powerful anointing place of His presence, healing and sweet fragrance. God has anointed all of our lives with His Holy Spirit to be reflective of His glory and power. You are the aroma of His love, peace, gentleness and beauty. You are anointed for His good pleasure!