We will understand more of the anointing when we look at God’s specific instructions from Moses to prepare the anointing oil. It symbolizes the standard of the Holy Spirit which we can now measure the anointing like David, who was no longer the same since his anointing by Samuel.
Four original ‘fine’ spices were combined in order to prepare the anointing oil. These spices point to character attributes that must be present before humans can go into the Anointing of their lives show what God wants to say through them. Read the following meanings of these spices very accurate
“The Lord said to Moses, Take thou you very fine spices: five hundred shekels naturally flowed myrrh, and half as much, two hundred and fifty shekels of fragrant cinnamon, two hundred and fifty shekels of fragrant calamus, five hundred shekels of cassia
to the holy shekel, and a hin of olive oil. And thou shalt make it a holy anointing oil, a carefully prepared mixture, such as an ointment maker to prepare; it shall be an holy anointing oil.” (Exodus 30: 22-26)
“And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel: This is a holy anointing oil to all generations before me. On the body of a man, it will not be poured, and may you make nothing similar according to this method of preparation: it is holy, it will be you holy. The man who will prepare something similar and some of it on an unauthorized late shall be cut off from his people. ” (Exodus 30: 31-33)
Pure Myrrh. (Commiphora myrrha) 500 shekels
(Also translated as “liquid or flowed myrrh”). Myrrh was a fragrant resin that would ooze from the myrrh shrub. It smells sweet but it taste “bitter”, and that is what the word ‘myrrh’ actually means.
Myrrh stands for: suffering in love and obedience to a sweet smelling sacrifice unto death. The Hebrew word root as meaning “bitter”. These spices represent the bitter suffering of Jesus as a human being here on earth, where he taught in the school of suffering to be obedient unto death, by emptying Himself of His own will (Heb. 5:. 8; Fillip 2 : 7-8)
The disciple who follows Jesus will to deny and to obey Him (Matthew 16: 24-25) . The first ingredient that had to find Moses was five hundred shekels (about 11 pounds) myrrh.
Have we not all wondered at times how men who have seemingly carried a lot of anointing have so often lacked the grace and beauty of the Spirit in their lives? It is because they have refused to allow the myrrh to be mingled with the oil in the apothecaries of God. Because Jesus suffered, it is taught that we do not have to suffer. The way of discipleship has been perverted to mean coming under subjection to some minister or some kind of church system. Men would simplify the pathway of discipleship by eliminating the myrrh. Just get under our ‘covering’. Just get involved with our ‘church order’. Just recognize ‘our prophet’ or ‘our apostle’, if you want to be a true disciple. But in spite of all the assurances that they might give us, the path of discipleship is just as demanding today as it was when Jesus warned His disciples:
“Whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after Me, cannot be my disciple…”
“Whosoever that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:27, 33).
It seems that most Christians still are under the influence of the ‘Hedonistic” society.
Texts concerning the characteristics of Myrrh
Romans 6: 4-14 – With Him buried by baptism into death and dead to the law of sin and thus free from sin and therefore no longer a sinner, sinful nature is abolished by baptism into death.
Colossians 2:12 – Buried with him in baptism (adult baptism, emerging into water)
Colossians 3: 1 – Raised with Christ. Seek the things which are above. 2 Timothy 2:11 – died with Him and Live.
Romans. 8: 13-14 – The workings of the body put to death. (your action)
Romans. 8:17 … As we share in his sufferings we also share in His glory.
Gal. 2:20 – With Christ crucified, no longer I who live…
Suffering, affliction, persecution belong in a Christian’s life which brings glorification. Please note that this is suffering for Christ’s sake, not some kind of disease.
GALATIANS 5: 13-26 – Flesh and Spirit, so let us suffer – the difference is life and death.
Philippians 2: 8 – Obedient to the death of the cross
Philippians 3:10 – At his death, conformed to the resurrection from the dead.
Romans 12: 1 – I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. If we do not die to ourselves by the community of the suffering Christ, we will have no part in the resurrection of Christ.
250 Shekels Sweet Cinnamon. (Cinnamonmum)
Cinnamon stands for Fiery heart, holy jealousy for the glory of God, Pure. The Hebrew root is the word “Kinnah” which has the meaning “to glow or light up.”
The fiery, spicy taste of this spice reminded it to the holy jealousy for the honor and glory of God. Fiery heart means that we hate sin in the depths of our being, consecrating our eyes, ears. What do we see on tv, has it become the center of the house, which brings lusts. It is a brainwashing machine which defiles your holy perception. IT DESENTESIZE YOU DISCERNMENT FOR SIN. Also the same for your ears. If we hate sin, then we don’t listen to music that is conforming to worldly music, with profane suggestive lyrics. Ok, this is for some too much. If you are really filled with the Spirit of Christ, He will show you.
People who are under the anointing of God will glow and fiery by a fire that comes from within. You’ll recognize this fire when you’re in their presence – whether you tolerate them or you walk away from them because of the (loving) confrontation. They take time to read the Bible and are not reading nice scriptures that are appealing. No Cinnamon is one of the ingredients of the holy anointing oil, which was used to put people and things apart (sanctify). These people are PROVEN, have no gods or idols before the Lord, and follow the new Law of the Spirit. Romans 8.
Read this chapter of King Nehemiah in 2 Kings 22:8-17
Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the secretary, “I have found the Book of the Law in the temple of the Lord.” He gave it to Shaphan, who read it. 9 Then Shaphan the secretary went to the king and reported to him: “Your officials have paid out the money that was in the temple of the Lord and have entrusted it to the workers and supervisors at the temple.” Then Shaphan the secretary informed the king, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read from it in the presence of the king.
When the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, he tore his robes. He gave these orders to Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam son of Shaphan, Akbor son of Micaiah, Shaphan the secretary and Asaiah the king’s attendant: “Go and inquire of the Lord for me and for the people and for all Judah about what is written in this book that has been found. Great is the Lord’s anger that burns against us because those who have gone before us have not obeyed the words of this book; they have not acted in accordance with all that is written there concerning us.”………
verse 17: Because they have forsaken me and burned incense to other gods and aroused my anger by all the idols their hands have made, my anger will burn against this place and will not be quenched.’
King Nehemiah was shocked and tore his robes. A fire of conviction struck him and was deeply aware of the disobedience to the Lord God. In this time we see Christians who are not aware of sin and think that all is grace. They think by themselves “I,m just not ready, no not now” The fire has quenched in their life if they ever had that. No repentance at all. Just another lukewarm Christian who is unfruitful to God who got entangled in worldly desires. The love of God is not in that person. 1 John 2:15. Normally in the time of Nehemiah, the person would tear his robe. More important than outward shows of grief are true sorrow for sin and genuine repentance of the heart. The prophet Joel relayed God’s command: “Rend your heart and not your garments” (Joel 2:13).
So, to go back to Cinnamon, Cinnamon was from the bark of the cinnamon shrub and had a certain fragrant sweetness. The root meaning of the word is Kinnah. The holy oil if truly compounded by the apothecary will cause the anointed people of God stand, to walk in truth were lukewarm Christians run away for. It is said of the anointed Son that He “loved righteousness and hated iniquity”. We glory in justification in the imputed righteousness of Christ which we receive by faith. But if we truly receive this righteousness and walk in it we are going to hate iniquity. These two things are mutually exclusive. Truth and deception cannot co-exist. Righteousness and iniquity cannot co-exist. The one will overshadow the other and eventually exclude it.
It is not too difficult to discern an awful lot of dead flies in the ointment today. “Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour” (Ecc. 10:1).
“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. Ephesians 5:11
Texts concerning the characteristics of Cinnamon
1 Peter 1:6 – That the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire,….
Jakobus 1:3 – Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
Let this fire test us throughly, consecrating our eyes, ears and lips through the Word of God.
250 Shekels Sweet Calamus. (Acourus Calamus)
Calamus stands for: sincerity, standing, holy and righteous, steadfast.
The Hebrew word used here is “a stake or reed” In the scriptures, it is translated as “stand up” or “sincere.” Moses said: “Do what is right in His eyes” (Exodus 15:26.) God told Moses to add to the mix two hundred and fifty shekels of fragrant calamus. Calamus is a cane. The sugar cane plant produces stems that grow up to four and a half meters, stand up and thrive best in muddy, wet earth. Regarding the anointing, it refers to “stand up in the midst of sin and depravity.” Before the sugar can be removed from the sugar cane, it has to be crushed and bruised. A fresh odor will spread. This reminds us that there was nothing negative about Jesus, yet they tied him and scourged and him.
This was the smell sacrifice of His love to us. If we follow Jesus, we will be delivered to all kinds of attacks, this crushes us, through the often painful and sometimes physical of the hate towards us.
The word “calamus” has been variously translated as “reed” or “cane”, and means “to erect” or “to stand upright”. and once as “branch” (for the branches in the candlestick) (See. Isa. 42:3; 43:24; Ex. 25:33). And so like John the Baptist (who appeared to be but a “reed shaken in the wind” the sweet calamus is a rod of strength, a channel, a branch through which the oil can flow.
There is nothing pretentious about it. It “seeketh not its own”. It merely wants to be a channel for the oil, the stalk, stand upright in the midst of unrighteousness through which the life can flow to produce the fruit of the Spirit and to bring forth the righteous life of Christ in others. Paul carried with him a “treasure” in an “earthen vessel”. The reason was “that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us” (2 Cor. 4:7). A stick in the hand of Moses as he tended the sheep in Midian becomes the “rod of God” when he stands before Pharaoh. The shepherd’s staff becomes a scepter of power and authority. A “reed shaken in the wind” strikes fear into the heart of a wicked, powerful Herod. A man manacled with fetters causes another governor to “tremble”. At His trial the soldiers entwine the briars into a crown of thorns and place it on the head of Jesus, and they put a flimsy reed in His hand, and hail Him “King of the Jews” in mockery. But in the wisdom of God and in the wisdom of the Cross that “reed” becomes His royal scepter of dominion over all creation. The crown He wore becomes the crown of the anointed King who reigns eternally on Zion’s Hill, King of kings and Lord of lords.
How is it then that the lesser kings and the lesser lords of the Kingdom of Heaven are boasting about scepters of iron rods and crowns of gold? They seem to think that Jesus became a Lamb so they could become lions. They seem to feel that Jesus took the form of a “slave” so they could take the form of a king.
Texts concerning the characteristics of Calamus
1 Corinthians 15:58 – be steadfast, immovable, abounding in the work of the Lord.
Ephesians 6:11 – Put on the whole armor of God in order to be sustainable.
500 Shekels CASSIA, (Cinnamomum Cassia)
Cassia stands for: To bow down. Humble, humiliation, to stoop, submissive, submission
The spice of this name comes from a Hebrew word which means “bow down” and “give credit” Like Jesus, we need only to worship God and bow down (Matt. 16: 24-25)
The last spices to be added was five hundred shekels of cassia. The Strong’s concordance notes that it is Hebrew for cassia means “Qadad”, which means “to humble”. Humiliation speaks of worship, sacrifice and dedication.
So remember that God’s anointing does not come to those who refuse to worship to bend their knees or on those who do not live in full surrender to the Lord. The cassia was also the bark of a shrub; and its root meaning is ‘shriveled’. It is from the same root as the word “bowed down”, when it refers to Abraham’s servant bowing his head and worshipping the LORD in humbleness of heart (Gen. 24:26). It is also the word used for “stoop” where David humbled himself in reverence before Saul (1 Sam. 24:8).
The flesh can produce a legalistic, mock humility. But we are talking about true reverential fear and worship that is inherent in the anointing oil from God’s apothecaries. The giddy laughter and joy in many of our places of ‘worship’ has nothing to do with the holy ointment. Happiness, joy, and entertainment has almost crowded the cassia out of the house of God. All this professional musical entertainment we have today has absolutely nothing to do with the true anointing. True worship is primarily a state of being and not an act that you perform in times of religious service. Jesus talks about “true worshippers”, and not merely about the act of worship. Only as you become a worshipper can you truly “worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth” (Jn. 4:23). Let us seek to minister, Christ, that men might become worshippers, rather than trying to stimulate “worship” in a religious service.
Do you know that the first mention of the word for “worship” in the Bible concerns the offering up of Isaac on the altar of Moriah? True worship is simply that: giving your all to God in total surrender. In praise you give Him glory and honor and thanksgiving, but in worship, there is a “bowing down” before Him in total surrender to His Lordship. And so, after extolling the Lord in song and praise and thanksgiving, the psalmist goes further and cries out for worship–
“O come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker” (Ps. 95:6).
True worship leads to total commitment to His will. True worship softens the heart so we may hear His voice, and conditions us to walk in step with God. God, we pray, mingle us with the cassia of Your gracious dealings, that we might know the fulness of Your anointing oil.
Texts concerning the characteristics of Cassia
Philippians 2: 5-8 – Jesus is our example who emptied Himself, taking the form of a bondservant. He humbled himself and became obedient unto death.
Hebrews 13:17 – submit yourself to the pastors – 1 Peter 5: 5 – the elders
Rom. 12: 1 – Set your body to a living sacrifice unto God
2 Cor. 8: 7 – abundant in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete DEDICATION, and in love, ..
James 4: 7 – Submit yourselves to God
Olive oil is consistently used in the scriptures as a type of the Holy Spirit. But the anointing oil is mingled with all these ingredients we have mentioned, to more clearly portray the attributes of the Spirit of God, whose presence in our lives will give forth the fragrance of Christ. He comes into our lives to make the Lord Jesus real to us, and to shine forth from our lives in the beauty of holiness.
Why are the ingredients of the anointing oil so important?
Because the spices only make the oil fragrant, just as the Holy Spirit in our lives is reinforced by these characteristics. You may have all the necessary spices (attributes) but without the Holy Spirit which He mixes – and provides leadership and direction – you’ll never have that smell that is necessary. Many people will never get deeper into the Lords plan of His anointing because they lack an element that the Lord requires. They know love but know no suffering for Christ’s sake. Or they adore but refusing to sacrifice. Or they know the Bible but there is no fire of overcoming sin.
“But thanks be to God, which brings victory to us at all times in Christ and the savor of his knowledge in every place spreads through us, for we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. ”
1 Cor. 2: 14-15
The Art of the Apothecary
Now do we understand why men can be anointed of God, and still lack the grace, the holiness, the beauty of Christ? It is because they have not known the processings of God in His divine apothecaries. How we have tried to take the ingredients of His grace and mingle them together in our lives, that the virtues of His own character and excellence might flow forth! And how hopelessly we have failed!
Now we understand why. We haven’t been willing to undergo the mingling together of the virtues of Christ according to the “art of the apothecary”. Only God knows the secret of this wonderful “art”. But He shares His secrets here and there as we are willing to submit to His ways. And as we do we discover that the anointing is more fragrant, and more pleasing in the eyes of God, and more edifying in the lives of His people. The bitterness of the myrrh removes the bitterness of past circumstances and disappointments and the many wounds that have been inflicted upon us in the battles of life. There are a fragrance and a sweetness from our lives that we could not have known except as we find ourselves ground and pulverized in the mortars of God’s apothecary. We discover that the bruised reed of our calamus is never really broken; that the smoking flax is not quenched. Rather, God has led us this way to prepare us for a richer anointing, a more pure anointing, a holy oil that would crown our heads with priestly virtue and priestly ministry in the house of God.
And so we continue to pray: “Lord, compound us together in your Divine apothecary. Add all the graces and virtues of your Spirit to our lives, and mingle us together in your holy oil, according to your own art and wisdom, bitter though your ways seem to be–That mingled together with the sufferings of Christ and the fragrance of your own nature, we may discover the crown of priestly ministry. Give us not the power that the rulers of the Gentiles exercise, to lord it over others. But rather give us true spiritual power with man and with God–priestly power that can rule over the restless hearts of men, by a ministration of your grace and peace and truth and love”.
The Restrictions of the Priesthood
There are many restrictions laid upon the priesthood, and the reason is clearly stated:
“For the crown of the anointing oil of his God is upon him” (Lev. 21:12). We are restricted because of the anointing oil. The anointing does not give us a freedom to do as we see fit.
God cause us to know that the crown of oil is a crown that confines us to the sanctuary. “Neither shall he go out of the sanctuary” (Lev. 21:12). Perish the thought that because we have the anointing, the “liberty of the Spirit” gives us freedom to do our own thing, to magnify and enlarge our own ministry, to come and go, to speak, to minister as we see fit.
Nor does it mean that we become a member of the clergy, or confine ourselves to a cloister. This holy oil is for all of God’s people. For this living sanctuary in the New Covenant is not some kind of religious system–nor a building that has been dedicated to the glory of God. God’s people are His sanctuary; and God’s holy presence is the place where we sit before Him, to inquire in His Temple. And it is here that we discover the revelation of His heart and mind by Urim and Thummim. It can be at your work or place of business, in the factory or on the farm, in the field or on the streets. God’s holy priests are to remain in the sanctuary at all times, even as they walk in the midst of men. Furthermore, we must know that we do not minister as priests except as we stand before the mercy seat in heavenly places. We must become totally heavenly minded, wearing the crown upon our head, of “holiness to the LORD”–if we are going to be of any earthly good here in the midst of men.
We are Not Part of the Harlot System
“A widow, or a divorced woman, or profane, or a harlot, these shall he not take: but he shall take a virgin of his own people” (Lev. 21:14). Paul said, “For I am jealous over you with Godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ” (2 Cor. 11:2). Anything (any religious system, any minister, any apostle, any prophet) that comes between you and Christ, God will not approve. True ministry is for this purpose: to ensure that the people to whom we minister are totally devoted to Christ, and not to us or to any religious system. Ministry is not to stand as a mediator between God’s people and the Lord, or above them–but to be one with them in a mutual relationship with Christ in the Father.
The Priesthood must be Without Blemish
“Whosoever he be of thy seed in their generations that hath any blemish, let him not approach to offer the bread of his God” (Lev. 21:17).
Who can qualify? Only Christ can qualify! And He bears the “iniquity” of a holy people upon His heart so that He might cleanse and perfect them, that they too might qualify in union with Him.
“A blind man, or a lame, or he that hath a flat nose, or anything superfluous, or a man that is broken footed, or broken-handed, or crook-backed, or a dwarf, or that hath a blemish in his eyes, or be scurvy, or scabbed, or hath his stones broken; no man that hath a blemish… shall come nigh” (Lev. 21:18-20).
What a high and holy standard! O how sick and deformed is the Church of Jesus Christ! But His body was broken and His blood was shed, that we might be healed. He was blinded by blood oozing from His brow, that we might see. He was made lame by nails in His feet, that we might walk in paths of truth and righteousness. His heel was bruised, that by His bruised heel He might bruise the Serpent’s head and set us free. He was broken-footed and broken-handed with cruel spikes (though not a bone was broken), that we might walk uprightly, and use our hands for His glory.
“Surely He hath borne our griefs (our diseases, our sicknesses), and carried our sorrows (our anguish, our pain): yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted” (Isa. 53:4).
He suffered all of this that we who are acquainted with many diseases and many afflictions, both physical and spiritual, might be healed; that we His brethren, His sons, might minister with Him in the heavenly sanctuary, crowned with a golden plate of “Holiness unto the LORD”, and a crown of anointing oil upon our brow.
Restrictions on the Holy Oil
We spoke a little about the restrictions of the priesthood. Now we want to speak about the restrictions of the anointing oil; for it was because of the holy oil that God has laid these prohibitions upon us.
(1) The Oil is Not for the Flesh
“Upon man’s flesh shall it not be poured” (Ex. 30:32). We mentioned some things along this line when we talked about the consecration of the priest.
God will not pour out His holy oil upon carnality. God’s priests must be stripped of their unclean garments, and washed in pure water at the laver. This cleansing vessel stood at the door of the holy place. Here in the sight of Moses and God alone, the priests were stripped of their clothing–unseen by the eyes of the nation that was camped outside the linen fence. God does not want His people to gaze upon the nakedness of God’s erring ones. We need to remember this in this day and hour when God is exposing the hearts of men. But let us not shrink from exposing ourselves openly before our Mediator in the heavens. He desires only that He might cleanse us with pure water, because He wants us to enter into priestly service for Him. There is only one Mediator–and let us never forget that. And let us be assured that if we are sharing the problems of another in priestly ministry, we can only function before God by virtue of the anointing of the High Priest Himself. It is His garments of truth and meekness that we must wear. It is His words of comfort and forgiveness that we must speak. God’s true priests will not pull back the hanging of the gate and expose his brother, like Ham of old; but like Shem and Japheth they will cover his nakedness, and receive the blessing of God on his life because of his priestly heart. For he knows that if he should rejoice in the downfall of a fellow-priest, he might well be the next to fall. He knows that God wants “merciful” priests, who can show compassion to the erring ones. He knows that he, too, is “compassed with infirmity”–and if he does not know it, he will have to discover it before he may qualify as a priest in the sanctuary of God.
“Upon man’s flesh shall it not be poured”. God’s priests must be washed and cleansed and then clothed upon with priestly garments.
Garments of His righteousness. Garments for glory and for beauty. Garments of ‘fine linen’. We are not to wear anything that causes “sweat” in the house of the LORD (See Ezek. 44:17, 18). O the sweat that some of God’s priests work up as they seek to burn themselves out for God, and for their own achievements! God says, “I see garments woven from spider webs” and He declares: “Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works” (Isa. 59:6). God is raising up a Zadok priesthood who shall minister in truth and righteousness; and their garments must be of pure linen, holy and clean. Zadok means “righteous”. The name is the latter part of the word “Melchizedek” (Melchi-Zadok), which means king of righteousness.
We are talking about the restrictions of the holy oil. It is not for the flesh. It is for a priesthood that has been stripped of filthy garments, washed, and clothed upon with the garments of His own righteousness.
(2) There is to be No Substitute Anointing
“Neither shall ye make any other like it” (Ex. 30:32). We must not try to make something like the real thing.
How bold and blasphemous the Church has become in our day! It is one thing to lack the anointing, or unknowingly get into a false anointing. But today they are openly declaring that they are using the art of mimicry to enhance their worship in the house of God. There are professionals in mime and pantomime and puppetry and drama and magic and clowns going about showing the people of God how to beautify their worship! All in the name of charismatic worship!
How long, O Lord, before you come forth and cleanse your Temple, and “purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness”? (Mal. 3:3).
The falsehood and the make-believe and substitutes in the Church today are incredible. But along with all of that there has to be a veil of great deception on the hearts of the people–for many of them believe that this is true worship, and a true anointing.
Does the Church not realize that “antichrist” not only means “against Christ”–it also means “instead of Christ“? And Christ means the Anointed One. Can we not see that the “Instead-of-the-Anointing” is really “Antichrist”? God help your people to see You, and how You look upon the fake anointing in our midst; for only as we see You and understand the grief of Your heart, will we be able to turn from the waywardness of our ways!
God’s people used to sing under the anointing, praise in the anointing, worship in the anointing, dance before the Lord in the anointing. But now they just do it because they have learned how to do it professionally.
Young people, seek God for the real thing! It may be much more difficult to find–but there is nothing comparable to God’s holy anointing oil. You might make something like it and have more fun. And you may get a lot of applause from carnally minded Christians who know nothing about the anointing of God. But it is all “wood, hay, and stubble”–and will go up in smoke in the Day of Christ.
The Fragrance of the Real Thing
Of Christ it is said, “Therefore God, Thy God, hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above Thy fellows. All Thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces” (Ps. 45:7, 8).
Don’t try to make anything like it! It just doesn’t smell right. Throw away your gadgetry, and worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. You do not need ballet slippers, and you do not need instructions in choreography–in order to dance before the Lord. You do not need the flowery words–but let your words flow from a heart that has touched the heart of God.
And if you lift your instrument or your voice to show forth His praises–let your song be the song of the Lord that glorifies Him, and draws the hearts of the people toward Him.
God needs no court-jesters to amuse His heavy heart, nor will they stand before Him in His priestly courts.
(3) It is Holy
“It is holy, and it shall be holy unto you” (Ex. 30:32). It is something that is consecrated wholly to the service of God, totally set apart for God and His purposes. It is His working, and not ours. Christ Jesus is “made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification (holiness), and redemption” (1 Cor. 1:30).
God wants us to give His priesthood the same Anointing that He gave to Christ, and to be as holy in our eyes, as it is in His. “The anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you… the same anointing” (1 Jn. 2:27).
(4) It is not for the Stranger
“Whosoever putteth any of it upon a stranger, shall even be cut off” (Ex. 30:33). It is for the whole family of God: “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ” (1 Pet. 2:5).
Yes, we are born as “priests” into the family of God. But if we are going to participate in the priesthood we must be disciplined. We must be washed in pure water, stripped of the old garments and clothed upon the new, and consecrated unto priestly service. We must know the restrictions of the holy oil. Our heritage as priests does not give us liberty to indulge in the work of the Lord any time we wish, any way we see fit. The anointing oil confines us to His will. We are not free to use substitute anointings–if we think it will attract more people. We cannot use strange fire like Nadab and Abihu, or like our modem entertainers who are using smoke-machines to imitate the glory of God. We cannot offer strange incense, in order to get the applause of men. Ask Nadab and Abihu if being “born” a priest was enough to qualify them to minister in holy things any way they saw fit!
God grieved over the house of Israel, and said:
“Ye have brought into my sanctuary strangers uncircumcised in heart, and uncircumcised in flesh, to be in my sanctuary, to pollute it” (Ezek. 44:7, 9). The “stranger” in God’s house is the man who is “uncircumcised in heart”. New Covenant circumcision enables a man to “worship God in the Spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh” (Phil. 3:3).
God says His priests must minister unto Him according to the “order of the sanctuary”. It is disorder if it is not God’s order. It is the bondage of man if it is not the liberty of the Spirit. The “order of the sanctuary” will determine the manner and the character of our gatherings in His name. Right now there is an awful lot of strange fire, and strange incense, and strange anointing. But because the glory of God is not there, there is no fire coming forth from the presence of God to put an end to it all.
Confined to the Anointing
Let us recognize that it is in the restrictions of the anointing oil that we shall discover true release in our spirits. For what man is released to serve God in the liberty of the Spirit, but he who walks in the restrictions of the anointing? What man knows true freedom, but he who sits at His feet in confinement to His will? Who is he that knows true liberty, but he who comes under the yoke of Christ?
Can we not see the glorious contradiction of warring a good warfare in order to enter into Canaan rest?
Of taking His yoke, in order to learn from Him, and find rest for our souls?
Of becoming a bond-slave of Christ, in order to discover true freedom”
Of coming into a prison-house of confinement, in order to discover the freedom of doing His will?
Of becoming a captive to Pharaoh, or a prisoner of Nero–in order to discover that we are the Lord’s free man?
Of experiencing the myrrh of trial and bitterness, that our lives may show forth the fragrance of Christ?
Of dying, that we might come forth in life?
Of counting all things but loss, “for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus our Lord”?
Glorious contradictions! And glorious and holy is the anointing that confines us to the hidden wisdom, and delivers us from the wisdom of this world–
That confines us to Him who is pure love, and pure light, and delivers us from the darkness that surrounds us in this world–
That confines us to the lengths and the breadths and the heights and the depths of God–depths that are unsearchable–and delivers us from the fleeting, perishable things of this life–
That confines us to oceans of love and truth, and delivers us from the muddy pools of theology and the philosophies of men–
That confines us to His living word, and reduces us to God, that we might be delivered from ourselves and from the world about us.