“And you shall make from these a holy anointing oil, an ointment compounded according to the art of the perfumer. It shall be a holy anointing oil. With it you shall anoint the tabernacle of meeting and the ark of the Testimony; the table and all its utensils, the lampstand and its utensils, and the altar of incense; the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils, and the laver and its base. You shall consecrate them, that they may be most holy; whatever touches them must be holy. And you shall anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister to Me as priests. “And you shall speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘This shall be a holy anointing oil to Me throughout your generations. It shall not be poured on man’s flesh; nor shall you make any other like it, according to its composition. It is holy, and it shall be holy to you. Whoever compounds any like it, or whoever puts any of it on an outsider, shall be cut off from his people.’ ””
Exodus 30:25-33 NKJV
I love to read in the Old Testament, with all of its types and shadows of things to come, fulfilled in the New Testament. There are those who seek to “unhitch” it from the study of the Scriptures, but it is the very foundation of the Word of God, and the reference for our God and Savior Jesus Christ.
In the Bible, oil is symbolic for the Holy Spirit, the Helper, the third member of the Godhead. He is the One who lives in us when we come to faith in Jesus, serving as liaison between heaven and earth, natural man and Supernatural God.
In Exodus chapter 30, God instructs Moses on the set up of he tabernacle and the garb of the priesthood. He gave Moses strict instructions on how to make the anointing oil, and its use. It was not something to be used for just any purpose, and on just anyone, but it was reserved for those appointed to the office of priest.
If any one used it inappropriately, or sought to counterfeit it, they would be cut off from their people. It was mental to consecrate those who ministered before the throne of God.
As followers of Jesus, saved, born again, and filled with the Holy Spirit, Christians have been established as a holy priesthood, having access to the Holy of Holies. We have been anointed with the consecrating oil of God, and called into service before the throne.
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”
I Peter 2:9-10 NKJV
Unlike the aaronic priesthood, we have a much better calling and access, as ours is in Christ, as He is our Great High Priest with an eternal office, having paid for all sins on the cross. By faith we hav been saved, and we have been given the Holy Spirit, an eternal supply of the anointing oil, continually consecrating us and making us holy.
In these perilous last days, there are many who profess that they are in the kingdom, and have the consecrating oil of the anointing. In reality, they do not know the Lord, and are using counterfeit oil. To the uninspired, it can seem like the genuine article, but there seems to be something off, as it is accompanied by doctrines and behaviors that are not indicative of the fruit of one truly under the influence of the Holy Spirit.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”
Galatians 5:22-25 NKJV
Where the follower of Jesus is filled with love, the counterfeit is filled with hate, with a desire to do evil, seeking nothing more than to tempt those who walk in the Spirit. They are not kind, do not celebrate goodness, are unfaithful and do all things in contrary to the Word of God.
“Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Galatians 5:19-21 NKJV
Brothers and sisters, let us seek the Lord with all diligence, soaking up the word of God, praying according to the will of God, and seek the Lord’s help in demonstrating Christian life before a fallen world.
Let our oil be genuine, provided by only God, to only those who have believed untrue Lord Jesus. May our lives be filled with the fruit of the Spirit, as we live before a Christless world.
Let us not “fake it till we make it”, but let us be submitted to God, that He fill us according to His timing and perfect will. God gives to those who ask with good motives. This good motives are those that add to glory of God.
May we be faithful to steer clear of those who have conjured up counterfeit oil, and seek to draw people after themselves. May we be alert and spot all the signs, in when we see what we ought not in those who profess to be well oiled, may we turn way. We are in the latter days and the times are indeed perilous.
“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”
II Timothy 3:1-5 NKJV
Let us be aware of the real oil of God, and may all the oiliness be found on us.
Have a Fabulous Friday!
2 thoughts on “Counterfeit oil”
I just studied the anointing oil this morning. Oh my how good it must’ve smelled!… Aside from the hint of myrrh, as was a messy Yannick sign, confirmed by the Wiseman at Jesus home, when he was a child.
May we seek the Lord with all of our heart?