Summary: God provides for us the blessing of His promises for difficult times and difficult situations in our lives. We need only "lean on His Word" and "trust Him,..even when we can’t trace Him".....

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Chapters 40-66 of Isaiah were probably written just before the Persians seized Babylon in 539 BCE and allowed the Israelite leaders from Jerusalem, who had been exiled to Babylon by the Babylonian conquerors, to return home. Isaiah was writing to encourage his exiled countrymen, and so "the year of the Lord’s favor" and the release of captives held in bondage meant for many Israelites the end of their exile and captivity and, at last, a return to Jerusalem.

II. The Oil of Joy for mourning.

To anoint means to rub or smear with oil, therefore,the act of anointing can be by either rubbing or smearing. Oil in the Bible is the physical representation of a spiritual reality. Hebrews 9:23-24 refers to such things as a type or "copy” of true things in the heavenlies. Anointing oil represents the anointing of the Holy Spirit or God’s anointing and it can be used for: (some examples)

 Consecration – Anoint and pray setting people, children, homes, offices, etc. apart for God’s purpose. In Exodus 30:25-29 and Exodus 40:9, Moses is commanded by God to anoint the tabernacle and it’s furnishing "that they may be most holy." We are the tabernacle, the holy temple of God. Anoint and pray, asking God to make us "holy"

 Impartation – Anoint and pray asking the power of God to come into your heart or the heart of a loved one. As when Samuel anointed David as king in 1 Samuel 16:13 imparting the power of the Holy Spirit The Bible says “the Spirit of the Lord was upon David from time forward."

 Emancipation – Anoint and pray calling upon the Lord to set you free, Isaiah 10:27 tells us that the yoke, a symbol of the bondage and oppression of our enemies, will be destroyed because of the anointing oil.

 Preparation – Anoint and pray to prepare yourself and others for God’s purpose. In Matt 26:6-12 a woman pours a fragrant oil upon Jesus’ head as preparation for his death and burial.

In addition, anointing oil is used as a sign of joy (Isaiah 61:3, Hebrews 1:9,) and is to be used for joy when mourning has ended (1 Samuel 12:20-23) for readiness (Matthew 5:7-13), physical healing (Mark 6:13, James 5:14-15), adoration (Luke 7:16-30), to honor a guest (Luke 7:38,46), when preparing to meet the king (Ruth 3:3), for cleansing (Leviticus14: 15-18, Ezekiel 16:9), for burial Mark 14:8), medicine for wounds (Luke 10:34), for disease Jeremiah 8:22). To abstain from anointing with Oil is a symbol of mourning (2 Samuel 14:2). JOAB AND TEKOA……pretend to be a mourner….

Moses was commanded by God in Exodus 30:22-25 to use specific spices to make the anointing oil for the tabernacle. In a similar manner today, specific spices (Exodus 35:8), directed by God, are added to olive oil for specific purposes.

For us as Christians, the oil of joy is the Holy Ghost!

Like a well of living water

Joy unspeakable and full of glory

Even in hard times we can experience this JOY! You cannot beat a joyful believer. The Bible says, “The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). If Satan were able to strip you of every earthly possession, every material blessing, you would still have the victory because you have the joy of the Lord inside you and that joy will give you strength. Best part of all, if your joy can’t be stolen, he can’t keep what he has stolen. He’s got to give it all back and then some! If Satan can’t steal your joy, he can’t keep your goods. So don’t fret over material things..or over circumstances....remember: GOD IS IN CONTROL! And God keeps His promises!!!

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