The Ointment for Disappointment

The Ointment for
Disappointment
Exodus 30:22-31 (NRSV)
22 The Lord spoke to Moses:
23 Take the finest spices: of liquid myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet-smelling cinnamon half as much, that is, two hundred fifty, and two hundred fifty of aromatic cane,
24 and five hundred of cassia—measured by the sanctuary shekel—and a hint of olive oil;
25 and you shall make of these a sacred anointing oil blended as by the perfumer; it shall be a holy anointing oil.
26 With it you shall anoint the tent of meeting and the ark of the covenant,
27 and the table and all its utensils, and the lampstand and its utensils, and the altar of incense,
28 and the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils, and the basin with its stand;
29 you shall consecrate them, so that they may be most holy; whatever touches them will become holy.
30 You shall anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, in order that they may serve me as priests.
31 You shall say to the Israelites, “This shall be my holy anointing oil throughout your generations.
Psalm 133 (NKJV)
1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity!
2 It is like the precious oil upon the head, Running down on the beard, The beard of Aaron, Running down on the edge of his garments.
3 It is like the dew of Hermon, Descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the Lord commanded the blessing—Life forevermore.
The Literal Hebrew translation of verse 25:
“…perfume perfumed in the manner of a perfumer…”
I. The Person
II. The Process
III. The Product
God gives every believer a cup of anointing oil
—for every new circumstance
—for every word that hurts us
—for every interruption that makes us impatient
—for every weakness we have
—for every disappointment
Anointed to be holy objects in God’s hands
The anointing makes these things slippery
Therefore, they need to be entrusted into
God’s hands

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