There are many biblical references to anointing oil, both in the Old and New Testaments. In the Old Testament, God commands his people to use anointing oil for a variety of purposes, including consecrating priests and kings (Exodus 30:22-25), anointing altars and temple furnishings (Exodus 40:9-11), and sanctifying the Tabernacle (Leviticus 8:10). Anointing oil was also used for healing the sick (James 5:14) and for spiritual warfare (Psalm 23:5; Isaiah 10:27).
In the New Testament, we see that Jesus was anointed with oil by Mary Magdalene at Bethany (John 12:3). And, in the book of Revelation, we read about the “anointed ones” who will reign with Christ for a thousand years (Revelation 20:4, 6).
The anointing oil mentioned in the Bible was most likely a blend of olive oil and spices. The Hebrew word for anointing oil, shemen, comes from a root word meaning “fat” or “oil.” The Greek word for anointing oil, aleipho, also means “to rub with oil.”
Though we don’t use anointing oil today in the same way as they did in biblical times, we can still apply the principles behind the use of anointing oil to our lives. Just as the oil was used to set apart something or someone for a specific purpose, we can ask God to set us apart for His purposes. We can also use the act of anointing as a symbol of our dedication to Christ and our willingness to be used by Him.
Here are some Bible verses about anointing oil:
“And you shall take the anointing oil, and anoint the tabernacle and all that is in it; and you shall consecrate it and all its furnishings, and it shall be holy. You shall also anoint the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils, and consecrate the altar, so that it may be most holy. You shall also anoint the basin and its stand, and consecrate them.” – Exodus 40:9-11
“And Moses took the anointing oil, and anointed the tabernacle and all that was in it, and sanctified them. He also sprinkled some of it on the altar seven times, and anointed the altar and all its utensils, and the basin and its stand, to consecrate them. And he poured some of the anointing oil on Aaron’s head and anointed him, to consecrate him.” – Leviticus 8:10-12
“Then you shall take some of the blood that is on the altar, and some of the anointing oil, and sprinkle it on Aaron and on his garments, and on his sons and on their garments with him; and he and his garments shall be holy, and his sons’ and his sons’ garments with him.” – Exodus 29:21
“And you shall anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may serve me as priests.” – Exodus 30:30
Bible Verses About Anointing Oil
1. Psalm 45:8
All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.
2. Isaiah 21:5
Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink: arise, ye princes, and anoint the shield.
3. Isaiah 61:1
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
4. Exodus 30:30
And thou shalt anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister unto me in the priest’s office.
5. 1 Samuel 16:13
Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.
6. Exodus 29:7
Then shalt thou take the anointing oil, and pour it upon his head, and anoint him.
7. John 12:3
Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.
8. Psalm 133:2
It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;
9. Psalm 23:5
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
10. Leviticus 8:12
And he poured of the anointing oil upon Aaron’s head, and anointed him, to sanctify him.
11. 1 John 2:27
But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
12. Exodus 28:41
And thou shalt put them upon Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him; and shalt anoint them, and consecrate them, and sanctify them, that they may minister unto me in the priest’s office.
13. Deuteronomy 28:40
Thou shalt have olive trees throughout all thy coasts, but thou shalt not anoint thyself with the oil; for thine olive shall cast his fruit.
14. Exodus 35:28
And spice, and oil for the light, and for the anointing oil, and for the sweet incense.
15. Mark 14:8
She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying.
16. Exodus 30:31
And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, This shall be an holy anointing oil unto me throughout your generations.
17. Luke 7:46
My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.
18. Acts 18:28
For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publickly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ.
19. Daniel 10:3
I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.
20. Hebrews 1:9
Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
21. 2 Samuel 14:2
And Joab sent to Tekoah, and fetched thence a wise woman, and said unto her, I pray thee, feign thyself to be a mourner, and put on now mourning apparel, and anoint not thyself with oil, but be as a woman that had a long time mourned for the dead:
22. Ruth 3:3
Wash thyself therefore, and anoint thee, and put thy raiment upon thee, and get thee down to the floor: but make not thyself known unto the man, until he shall have done eating and drinking.
23. Mark 6:13
And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.
24. Leviticus 8:30
And Moses took of the anointing oil, and of the blood which was upon the altar, and sprinkled it upon Aaron, and upon his garments, and upon his sons, and upon his sons’ garments with him; and sanctified Aaron, and his garments, and his sons, and his sons’ garments with him.
25. Luke 7:38
And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.
26. Luke 10:34
And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
27. Acts 10:38
How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
28. Genesis 28:18
And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.
29. James 5:14
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:
30. Psalm 45:7
Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
31. Psalm 92:10
But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.
32. Isaiah 61:3
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
33. Exodus 30:25
And thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil.
34. Matthew 6:17
But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;
35. Exodus 40:9
And thou shalt take the anointing oil, and anoint the tabernacle, and all that is therein, and shalt hallow it, and all the vessels thereof: and it shall be holy.
36. Exodus 25:6
Oil for the light, spices for anointing oil, and for sweet incense,
37. Isaiah 10:27
And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.
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