Stockton 99 Speedway
May 5, 2012
“Word(s) Of Life & God’s Involvement”
Last week in Utah we learned about the word that is so important to build into our lives – “Integrity.”
This week I want to share a more obscure word to us today but still one that is ever so important and one we should recognize when it is happening to us; however usually we do not. You say: …“hmmm …now that sounds mysterious!’
That certainly is true. It is mysterious! However, there is a lot to it that we do not understand, yet we should for a number of reasons. We briefly touched upon it last week in Utah.
The word is: “Anointing.”
Because of the circumstances surrounding it we often hear it called “The Anointing.”
That is because in it’s true form, or when it happens to us, we have nothing to do with it.
Let’s look at some definitions as we begin:
This is from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary today:
- the smearing or rubbing with oil or an oily substance
- to apply oil to as a sacred rite especially for consecration
- to choose by or as if by divine election; to designate as if by a ritual anointment.
Examples of ANOINT/ ANOINTING/ANOINTED
- The magazine anointed her the most popular actress of the year.
- <anoint the wound with antiseptic to prevent infection>
- Middle English, from Anglo-French enoint, from Latin inunguere, from in- + unguere to smear
- “Then Samuel took a jar of olive oil and poured it on Saul’s head, kissed him, and said, The Lord anoints you as prince and ruler of His people Israel. You will rule His people and protect them from all their enemies. And this is the proof to you that the Lord has chosen you Saul to be the ruler of His people which are His inheritance:”
- You can read the proof God used to show Saul that this was true and that Samuel was acting on God’s behalf. You must remember that if a prophet was shown to be false they were to be stoned to death.
- You should also note that at this point God did not call Saul king, but instead prince or ruler. God Himself was their King and still in charge. A boy in the royal line is still called a prince today. I believe that God still had that issue in His mind. However Saul was to fail miserably in obeying “Daddy.”
I want you to note something about anointing at this point. It comes and goes at the will of the Lord, not us!
- “Until the day Samuel died, he did not go to see Saul again, though Samuel mourned for him. And the Lord regretted that He had made Saul king over Israel.”
- The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your flask with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.”
Then the Lord said to Samuel, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one.” So Samuel took the flask of oil and anointed David in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David. Samuel then left and went to Ramah. Now the Spirit of the Lord had departed from Saul, and a distressing evil spirit from the Lord tormented Saul.
- “After removing Saul, He made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after My own heart; David will do everything I want him to do.”
- 1 Samuel 24:10 – This day you have seen with your own eyes how the Lord delivered you into my hands in the cave. Some urged me to kill you, but I sparedyou; I said, ‘I will not lay my hand on my lord the king, because he is the Lord’s anointed.’
- James 5:14 – “Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.
Another anointing reference however strange…
Check out Numbers 22 where God anoints a donkey to speak to a disobedient diviner (soothsayer, false prophet) named Baalam. Hey, I said ALL things are possible with God.