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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Being Partakers of Christ - Hebrews Chapter 3

BE A PARTAKER OF CHRIST JESUS
My beloved in Christ! It is my ultimate pleasure to bring unto you the next article on our Hebrews series  .....to help you assimilate the wonderful mysteries hidden in the word of God. Chew the cud and be blessed!!!

CHRIST  - FAITHFUL OVER HIS OWN HOUSE:

1. Being the partakers of the heavenly calling Paul urge us to consider the life of Christ Jesus as an apostle         and high priest. (3:1)
2. Christ was faithful to God who appointed him just as Moses was faithful in all his house. (3:2)
3. The one who has built the house has more honor than the house itself. In a similar way, Christ being God        is worthy of more glory than Moses. (3:3).
4. Every house is built by some man, but it is God who built all things. (3:4).
5. Moses was faithful as a servant in all his house, pertaining to the testimony of those things that were yet to     come. (3:5)
6. Christ is faithful as a son over his own house. (3:6).
7. If we hold fast to the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm till the end, then we are the house of        Christ. (3:6).

GRIEVING THE HEART OF GOD:

8.  This is why the Holy Spirit tells us that, today if we will hear God`s voice (3:7), we should not harden our       hearts and provoke God, as it happened in the day of temptation in the wilderness in Moses` times.               (3:8).
9.   Our fore-fathers tempted God, they proved him and saw his works for forty years. (3:9).
10. Hence, God was so grieved with that generation and said in his wrath that they always err in their hearts         and have not known God`s ways. (3:10) and that they shall not enter into God`s rest. (3: 11).
11.With whom was God grieved for forty years? Whose carcases fell in the wilderness? To whom God              sware that they should not enter his rest? (3:15 - 3:17).
12. He did so for those who had sinned and them that believed not. ( 3:18).
13. Hence, we see that they could not enter into the promised land because of their unbelief. (3:19).

HOLDING ON TO CONFIDENCE:

14. This is why brethren, we need to take heed not to have an evil heart of unbelief, thereby departing from         the living God. (3:12).
15. We need to exhort one another everyday, that we will not be hardened by the deceit of sin. (3:13).
16. For, if we hold on to the confidence we had in the beginning, steadfast till the end, we are made to be           partakers of Christ. (3:14)

PRAYER:
Dear Lord Jesus! thank you for edifying us through your word in Hebrews Chapter 3. Lord! give us the grace not to have an evil heart of unbelief, thereby departing from the living God. Help us Lord! not to harden our hearts by the deceit of sin, thereby provoking you as it happened in the day of temptation in the wilderness. Enable us Lord, to exhort one another and hold on to the confidence we had in the beginning, till the end that we may be partakers of Christ Jesus...... In Jesus mighty name we pray,
Amen.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Anointing Oil and The Holy Spirit - Contd

                                                             Chapter -2
THE OIL – A METAPHOR OF THE HOLY SPIRIT 

The oil is used as a metaphor for the Holy Spirit, throughout the scriptures.

   Let us consider the example of the ritual cleansing of the leper, as described in Leviticus 14:14-18;

14 And the priest shall take some of the blood of the trespass offering, and the priest shall put it upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot:
15 And the priest shall take some of the log of oil, and pour it into the palm of his own left hand:
16 And the priest shall dip his right finger in the oil that is in his left hand, and shall sprinkle of the oil with his finger seven times before the Lord:
17 And of the rest of the oil that is in his hand shall the priest put upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot, upon the blood of the trespass offering:18 And the remnant of the oil that is in the priest's hand he shall pour upon the head of him that is to be cleansed: and the priest shall make an atonement for him before the Lord.

I would like to explain the hidden mysteries in this chapter, with the light of the Holy Spirit. The leper is a poor and humble sinner, seeking the face of God for his spiritual cleansing. The High Priest, being Christ himself, who offered himself as a trespass offering for our sins, (Hebrews 10:14-22), applies the blood over the sinner. AND….. Upon the very place where the blood is applied, the oil of the Holy Spirit is applied, for the further sanctification of the sinner.

·         The oil in the parable of the ten virgins, as Jesus said in Matthew Chapter 25, also refers to the Holy Spirit.

·         The oil in the parable of Good Samaritan in (Luke 10:34), denotes the pouring of the Holy Spirit and the wine being the blood of Christ
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The other metaphors used to describe the Holy Spirit in the Bible include, the water, the fire, the wind, dove and many such.

The anointing and the Holy Spirit:

The Hebrew word for anointing is mashach (maw-shakh'), meaning to smear or paint. This word is derived from a primitive root, “to rub with oil”. The word “anoint” is found to have strong association with the Holy Spirit throughout the scriptures. Here below are some instances from the word of God that describe the correlation of the anointing oil with the Holy Spirit of God.

1.      When Samuel anoints Saul as King, the Spirit of the Lord came upon him. (1 Samuel 10)

1 Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not because the Lord hath anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance?
When thou art departed from me to day, then thou shalt find two men by Rachel's sepulchre in the border of Benjamin at Zelzah; and they will say unto thee, The asses which thou wentest to seek are found: and, lo, thy father hath left the care of the asses, and sorroweth for you, saying, What shall I do for my son?
Then shalt thou go on forward from thence, and thou shalt come to the plain of Tabor, and there shall meet thee three men going up to God to Bethel, one carrying three kids, and another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a bottle of wine:
And they will salute thee, and give thee two loaves of bread; which thou shalt receive of their hands.
After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where is the garrison of the Philistines: and it shall come to pass, when thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before them; and they shall prophesy:
And the Spirit of the Lord will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man.
2.      Similarly, when David was anointed by Samuel to be the King, the Spirit of the Lord came upon him. (1 Samuel 16:13)


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.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The anointing oil and the Holy Spirit - break up of the book.

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THE ANOINTING OIL
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ! As a fellow believer and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ (Rev 1:9), it is my utmost privilege to explain the truths hidden in the word of God, regarding the anointing oil, with the help of the Holy Spirit. This book is intended to usher every born again Christian, to have a more intimate relationship with Christ Jesus and to help them live a life of freedom and victory.
The word Oil in the Bible:
The Hebrew word used to describe oil is shemen and most commonly, it refers to the Olive oil. The word es shemen meaning “the tree of oil” refers to the Olive tree   [1](1 Kings 6:31-33 ; Isa 41:19). This is also related to the word shemesh meaning to be “brilliant”. In one place, as in the beautification process of Esther, (Esther 2:12) the word oil is referred to the “oil of myrrh”, (an aromatic gum resin).
In the New Testament the Greek word referred to oil is, “elaion”, which exclusively refers to Olive oil. The Mount of Olives, where Jesus spent his last night praying, (Matt 26:36) was named Gethsemane. (Gat shemen meaning a “press of oil” in Hebrews), for the numerous Olive groves, and Olive oil presses at its base. In Aramaic, the word mesah corresponds to “anointing oil” (Ezra 6:9 ; 7:22), directly related to the Hebrew verb mashach meaning “to anoint”.


The significance of Olive tree and Olive oil in the scriptures:
The Olive oil, derived from the Olive tree had a significant, yet mysterious role in biblical times. The word oil has been mentioned 192 times in the Bible, in various places. The word used to describe Olive in Hebrew is Zayith meaning “yielding illuminating oil”. It is related to the word ziv meaning “prominent or brightness”.
Moreover, it is the commonly used oil in the biblical times, as a commodity for trade, as a part of the daily consumption, along with offerings in the tabernacle, as fuel for lamps in the tabernacle and homes, lubricant for skin and hair, as an aromatic substance, sometimes with a sense of honor, as a medication and in various healing contexts, for performing various royal and religious procedures and in figurative expressions for fertility and prosperity. (Deuteronomy 33:24 ; Job 29:6)
The Humble Olive tree[2]:
The Olive tree on the outside, appear to be ordinary as any other trees and may be even messier at times with Olives littered on the ground. But as it grows old, it acquires an interesting appearance, with a tall trunk and a unique pattern of knots, turns and protuberances in its form.  
The Encyclopedia Judaica says, “There are trees in Israel estimated to be 1,000 years old that still produce fruit.  In old age the tree becomes hollow but the trunk continues to grow thicker, at times achieving a circumference of 20 feet” (“Olive,” vol.12, page 1363). Another interesting fact about this incredible tree is that, shoots can grow from its roots, even if the trunk is cut down, ensuring the existence of the tree.
Ø  The “Olive tree” holds a prominent position in the scriptures and was used to describe the prosperity of the land as in (Deuteronomy 6:11; 8:8; 28:40).
Ø  Olive trees were known for their fatness. (Judges 9:9)
Ø  Olive trees and branches were used to make wood works in the temple. (1Kings 6:31-33)
Ø  The Olive tree was used to describe the two anointed people of God, Joshua the high priest and Zerubbabel. (Zechariah 4:11)
The mystery behind the olive oil:
The extraction of the olive oil is first initiated by shaking of the olives from the olive tree. Sometimes the tree is beaten with a pole to facilitate the dropping of olive fruit. These collected Olive berries are bruised in a mortar and pestle or a stone press to extract the precious olive oil. The extraction of the Olive oil is explained in the Encyclopedia Judaica as below,
 “The olives were beaten down from the trees with poles (Isa.17:6), and were pounded into pulp in mortars or by the feet (Micah 6:15).  The pulp was placed in wicker baskets from which the lightest and finest oil could easily run off. This grade of oil, known as beaten oil (Heb. Shenen katit), is mentioned five times in the Bible.  It served as fuel for the lamp in the Tabernacle (Exo.27:20; Lev.24:2) and as an element in the obligatory daily meal offerings (Exo.29:40; Num.28:5).  King Solomon traded this type of oil with Hiram of Tyre in exchange for cedar and cypress wood (I Kings 5:10-11).  After the removal of the beaten oil, a second grade was produced by heating and further pressing the pulp. . . .

            “Oil was one of the three staples of life. . . As a typical product of Palestine and as a necessity, oil is listed, particularly in Deuteronomy, among the three blessings of the land in time of God’s favor – grain, wine, and oil (Deut.11:14, etc.)” (“Oil,” vol.12, p.1347).

The eminence of using Olive oil in scriptures:
Oil was considered as the symbol of joy, honor and favor in ancient days. Hence it was used to anoint the head and body after bath. (Ruth 3:3). Similarly, David washed and anointed himself with oil, before worshipping the Lord. ((II Sam.12:20). Some of such instances where oil was used for anointing are given below,
Ø  Jacob anointed a pillar in Bethel. (Genesis 31:13)
Ø  Aaron and his sons were anointed with the anointing oil to minister in the priest`s office. (Exodus 25:6, 28:41, 29:21)
Ø  The offerings were anointed with oil. (Exodus 29:2)
Ø  After cleansing the altar, it was anointed with oil to sanctify it. (Exodus 29:36, 40:10)
Ø  The anointing oil was poured upon Aaron to sanctify him. ( Leviticus 8:12)
Ø  Samuel anointed Saul with oil, to be the captain over his inheritance, as the king of Israel. (1Samuel 10:1, 15:1)
Ø  Samuel anointed David in the midst of his brethren, and THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD came upon him. (1 Samuel 16:13)
Ø  The shield of Saul was anointed with oil. (2 Samuel 1:21)
Ø  David was anointed as the King of Israel. (2 Samuel 5:3)
Ø  The priest Zadok anointed Solomon as King. (1 King 1:39)
Ø  God told Elijah to anoint Elisha to be the prophet in his place. (1 King 19:17)
Ø  The disciples anointed the sick with oil and they were healed. (Mark 6:13)
To summarize,
·         The anointing oil was used for sanctification of the altar and tabernacle.
·         It was used by GOD himself, to anoint Priests, Kings and Prophets for his sumptuous purposes.
·         The anointing oil is directly linked with THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD.
·         The anointing oil was used by the early church to heal the sick.
·         Jesus was anointed by the LORD GOD and THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD was upon him.









[1] In  Bible Study Tools Retrieved July 22, 2015, from http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/oil/
[2] Courtesy: Mystery of the Olive Tree by William F. Dankenbring