Summary: This sermon will show the value of having the anointing, "It's the aninting that breaks the yoke."
The anointing of the Holy Spirit
It is God who anoints His people, He anointed Jesus His son, He anointed King David, He anointed the Apostle Paul, He anointed us and millions more that call upon the name of the Lord.
The origin of the word anointing came from the shepherds as they took care of their sheep. Lice and other insects would often get into the wool of sheep, and would burrow into the sheep’s neck and to the ears and would often kill the sheep. By pouring oil on the head made it impossible for this to happen. From this, the anointing became symbolic of blessings, protection and a covering.
The Greek words for anoint is chrio, meaning to smear or rub with oil. It means to consecrate for an office or religious service. There is nothing wrong with anointing a person with oil if the anointing is in agreement with the scripture. James 5:13/15 Says, “Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray. Is any merry? Let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.”
Not only was Jesus the Son of God anointed, but the bible declares that believers also have the anointing, it is called unction. “But ye have unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.” 1 John 2:20. The meaning is that the unction on your heart and life is because of the anointed of God, or that you have been touched and chosen by the hand of God. 1 Peter 2:9
The scriptures teaches us that we have unction from the Holy One, the apostles had been so anointed by the Holy Spirit that they understood the true nature of their experience, and you could expect they would persevere, there was no stopping them when it came to preaching the cross.
The apostles were so anointed by the Holy Spirit that when the leaders forbade them to preach in their city they answered, “We must obey God.”
The act of anointing under the old covenant was accomplished by the pouring on of oil. You can find in the Old Testament that many who were in leadership roles were anointed. In the church age our anointing come from within.
The book of Psalms 89:20/21 says, “I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him.” God said I found him among the sheepfolds; in humble life. I saw there one who was qualified for the high office of being the ruler of the nation, and I designated, or set him apart, for that office.
When God look at David he saw in him a precious quality for a special work, and summoned him to his service. I suggest to you, that if we dare yield ourselves to the things of God the anointing would rest upon us.
“With my holy oil have I anointed David as King?” And this was accomplished by hand of Samuel, “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.”
Oil was used in setting apart prophets, priests and kings. It was poured upon the person – emblematic of the pouring out upon him of wisdom and grace from on high to qualify him for his office.