Anointing Oil Scriptures
Anointing with oil is Biblical. We see anointing from the earliest part of the Bible, in the books of Moses, through to the end of the Bible. The primary groups who were anointed in the Old Testament were the priests, the kings and the prophets. In the New Testament the sick were anointed, and we also see Jesus’ proclamation of His anointing by the Father.
In Exodus 28 and 29, Moses anointed Aaron and his sons as the first priests in the Tabernacle. A specially prepared oil containing several rare items was required for this ceremony. The oil was mixed with the blood from a sacrificial ram and sprinkled on their garments.
God sent the prophet Samuel to the house of Jesse the Bethlehemite. When Jesse’s youngest son, David, stood before Samuel the LORD said to him “Arise, anoint him!” As the anointed of God, David would both lead Israel in battle and pen psalms of praise to God. (I Samuel 16:12)
God told Elijah the prophet to anoint Elisha as prophet in his stead. (I Kings 19:16) Elisha wished for a double portion of Elijah’s anointing, his spirit to be upon him. Immediately after Elijah’s death, Elisha’s contemporaries recognize that he has the spirit of Elijah.
Jesus stood to read in the synagogue in Capernaum. (Luke 4:18) He read the passage in Isaiah where it reads “the Spirit of the Lord is upon me and He has anointed me to preach the Gospel....” Jesus affirmed that the prophecy was fulfilled in Himself. Indeed, the book of Hebrews tells us that Jesus was anointed with the oil of gladness above any others. (Hebrews 1:9) Jesus was anointed because He is our priest, our prophet and our returning king!
Finally, the book of James tells us that the sick should be anointed with oil. (James 5:14) The context informs us of the necessity of prayer for healing. We anoint, and pray to our Anointed One, our Messiah Jesus.
Whether the Christian is anointing for healing, or to meditate on the Bible, or to consider the life of Christ, it is beyond a doubt that anointing with oil is Scriptural.