Oil was used in the time James wrote his epistle. In ancient times various oils had various purposes. It could be that James is referring to medicinal oils such as: Aloes (Burial oil, John 19.39); Cassia and Cinnamon (in God’s holy anointing oil, Exodus 30.22-31); Frankincense Numbers 16.46-50 (used by Aaron to stop a plague); Hyssop (used for purification, Psalm 51.7); Myrrh (calming, Mark 15.23) from "Healing Oils of the Bible"
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Contributed by Charles R. Swindoll on Oct 13, 2004
One of my favorite Christmas stories, is about a 7th-grade boy by the name of William Spurling. William Spurling was big for his age, & a little slow mentally. But he was a good boy & all the kids liked him. In fact, they wanted him for a friend because he was big enough to take their part if they ...read more