Genesis 28:10 And Jacob [Ya’akov] went out from Beer-Sheva [Beer-Sheba, or fountain of oath, and went toward Charan [Haran, parchness, aridity~ dryness of Holy Spirit, Ruach HaKodesh] .

His grandfather Abraham had planted a grove in Beer-Sheva, and called there on the Name of YHVH, El-Olam [Gen. 21:31]  .

His father Isaac had been offered in the land of Moriah, grandfather calling Mt. Olivet “YHVH-Yireh”, YHVH will provide, Himself becoming the Lamb [Genesis 22:14].

Now Ya’akov leaves the foundational stones of his faith, his mother Rivqah [Rebbeca, the beauty] and Yitzchak [laughter], his father, and ventures out in the desert which is void of worship of the Elohim [God] of his fathers. He goes to a “certain place”, stays all night, laying his head [~the mind, thoughts] on those ‘stones of faith’, the Rock of Ages.

And Ya’akov [Jacob]  lay his head on a stone and dreamt of the ladder with messengers of Elohim  going up and down; Elohim stood above it, announcing His blessings over Ya’akov, of  the land to him and his seed.

And see, I AM with you and shall guard you wherever you go…for I AM not going to leave you UNTIL I HAVE DONE what I have spoken to you [Genesis / Bereshith 28:15]!

Truly, YHWH was in that place, said Ya’akov! “How awesome…this is none other THAN THE HOUSE OF ELOHIM [Beyth-El]  & THIS IS THE GATE of the shamayim [heavens] [v. 16-17]!

And Ya’akov rose early in the morning & took the stone…and poured oil on top of it [v.18]!

And Ya’akov called the place “Beyth El”, House of El… & made a vow , saying, ‘Seeing Elohim is with me & has kept me in this Way…has given me BREAD [Yeshua] to eat & a GARMENT [of righteousness] to put on…of all that You give me, I will certainly give a tenth [tithe] to You [v.19-22]’ !

  • Ya’akov [heel-catcher] was the first worshiper mentioned,  to pour oil as an offering to Yahweh, the El Elohe Yisra’el.
  •  His grandfather, Avraham, righteous by faith, called on Yahweh, offered a ram for a burnt offering , circumcised himself & all males of his house, and named places to honor Elohim, such as ” YHWH Yireh… YHWH Provides ” in Gen. 22:14.
  •  His  own father, Yitzchaq, was once an offering of Avraham, halted only by the Messenger of Yahweh [Yeshua], who recognized his  reverence for Elohim , saying, ” …seeing you have not  withheld  your  only son from Me [v.12]”! Following Avraham, Yitzchaq built altars , kept peace, made oaths and in gratitude to Yahweh, called places honorable names such as “Rehoboth [a broad way]” , “For now Yahweh has made room for us [26:22]”!
  •  Yahweh blessed both Avraham and Yitzchaq a hundred-fold, appearing to them , and swearing oaths to them and their seed             [ 17:1-21, 26:2-5]!
  • Elohim appears to Ya’akov again after the reunion [with Esau], the rape [of daughter Dinah], hiding the foreign elohim [by Rachel & family], and blesses him, saying, “…Yisra’el [Prince of El] is your name…I AM El Shaddai [The All-Sufficient One]. Bear fruit…a nation and a company of nations shall be from you & kings come from your body [35 : 9-12]”!
  • Ya’akov then puts up a standing column , a monument of stone in Beyth-El, where El had spoken with him, pouring a drink offering on it AND pouring oil on it! [35:14]

What is an offering ? a drink offering?  Why oil ? Why pour it out?

  • An offering is, in Hebrew,  “terumah“, a present offered up, as a sacrifice or gift ; “qurban“, something brought near the altar, a sacrificial present; “tenuphah“, the wave offering, shaking; & minchah, to apportion, bestow, a donation, usually bloodless, voluntary sacrificial .
  • A drink offering or libation, nesek from nasaq, to pour out, to anoint a king!
  • The oil in Hebrew is “sheh’men“, liquid, grease; richness;  olive or ointment!

Anointing, ” mishchah”  in Hebrew, is the act of “unction”, a consecretory gift, a gift of consecrating: to set apart as sacred, make or declare holy; to dedicate or devote; to elevate in a sacred or exalted office, to crown a king or ordain a priest! So , anointing  with oil sets apart, to dedicate or make sacred something offered to Yahweh.

I have found My servant David; with My qodesh  [holy] oil I anointed him [Psalms 89:20]

  • Ya’akov set apart the stone, marking it with oil, usually olive; as we know, this oil of anointing can not be washed by the baptism or immersion! It is a mark or seal!
  • Oil is “sheh-men” in Hebrew, grease, liquid; richness!
  • Note the unleavened wafer [~ the sinless Lamb of Exodus 12 & Messiah of Isaiah 53] is anointed with oil [~Yeshua our Kohen HaGadol, High Priest, to return as King] :

And this is the task you shall do to them to qadosh [make holy] them to serve Me as kohenim [priests]: Take …unleavened bread…cakes mixed with oil & unleavened wafers anointed with oil…& shall take the anointing oil & pour it on [Aharon’s] head & anoint him [Exodus 29:2; see also Leviticus 7:12].

The Bridegroom Yeshua, in Song of Songs 1:3, is praised:

For fragrance Your oils are good. Your Name is oil poured forth, therefore the maidens love you.

Yeshua is loved & anointed by a  forgiven woman, in Luke 7:37-50:

And standing behind, at His feet, weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears & wiping them with the hair of her head & was kissing His feet and anointing them with the perfume [oil in an alabaster flask].

  • The Koheleth or  wise Preacher, in Ecclesiastes 9:8 says,

Let your garments be white [~purity] at all times & let your head lack no oil!

The wise keep oil in containers with their lamps ready for the Bridegroom Yeshua to return and take those who are ready in to the wedding feast before the doors shut! [Matthew 25:1-13]

The anointing oil is sacred &  to be used only to anoint that used for Yahweh, such as  the tabernacle furniture and the priests [the following is condensed review of the 4 spices used to make the anointing oil:

Exodus 30: 22 Then Yahweh said to Moses, 23) Take the following fine spices: 500 shekels of liquid myrrh [about 12 /2 pounds or 5.8kg],

half as much [that is, 250 shekels or 6 1/4 lbs. or 2.9kg] of fragrant cinnamon, 250 shekels of fragrant calamus, 24 ) 500 shekels of cassia– all according to the sanctuary shekel-and a hin [gallon or 3.6L] of olive oil.

“And you shall make from these  a holy anointing oil, a compound,blended,  the work of a perfumer.  It is a holy anointing oil.

26) And with it you shall anoint the Tent of Meeting, the ark of the covenant law, the table [ of Bread]…the Lampstand…the altar of incense, the altar of burnt offering…the basin…29) & you shall qadosh [consecrate] them &  they shall be most qodesh [holy]. Whatever touches them is to be qodesh.

30) And you shall anoint Aharon & his sons & qadosh  them, to serve as kohenim [priests] to Me”!

  • The sacred anointing oil for generations to come; not to be poured on anyone else’s body other than a priest of Yahweh!
  • We are to be as priests of the royal priesthood, if believers in Yeshua, as in 1Peter 2:9 :

“But you are a chosen race, a royal kehunnah [from kaw-han‘, to mediate; officiate, as a priest], a holy nation, a people for possession, that you should proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous Light…”!

  1. “Take”  myrrh : bitter but fragrant aroma symbolic of the bitter sweet loving death of Yeshua for our sins. Magis or kings gave Yeshua myrrh as a babe, beside the frankincense and gold, then used to escape to Egypt! {See the blog post, “Myrrh, Miryam & Yeshua Connection}
  2. “Take” sweet smelling cinnamon, also “hot”, symbolic for the passion of the Cross; Yeshua going all the Way for us; the holy jealous love for honor & glory of Yahweh & His Righteousness! {See the blog post, “Cinnamon: Red & Hot“}
  3. “Take” calamus or sweet cane , a reed, erect, standing upright, reflective of the water baptism in the Sea of Reeds of the Israelites before crossing the desert to be redeemed &  enter the promised land! The ‘bruised Reed’ for our sin, Yeshua, raised into Righteousness, in a world of sin! {See the blog post, “Calamus & the Sea of Reeds”}
  4. “Take” cassia, peeled shriveled rolls of bark, similar to cinnamon, symbolic of Yeshua’s & thus our submission and  worship of Yahweh! Stripped of our own pride, brought to humility, we can then bow or stoop to pray before the Almighty Yahweh! {See the blog post, “Cassia: Stoop, Peel, & Roll“}
  5. These sweet spices are then diffused or mixed in olive oil to become one sweet scent!
  6. His Name was & is “as an ointment poured forth [Song of Songs 1:3]!
  7. The ointment or oil represents the sacrifice, the passionate love, the baptism,  & the submission blended in one of our Redeemer ! Now, as priests, we are to present ourselves as a living sacrifice [Romans 12:1,2]; spread the Bisorah or Good News with zeal & love of our Savior; be baptized & kept full of the Holy Spirit, as a vessel of honor; & humble submitting ourselves to the King of kings, in worship and praise! Yeshua came to be an example , and we are to follow Him, picking up our daily cross, dying to self, and love one another as He loved us!

Isaiah 10:27  “… and your yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil.”

1 John 2:20  “But you have an anointing from the Set-Apart One, and all of you know the truth.”

Luke 4:18  “The Spirit of Yahweh is on me, because He has anointed me to bring the Good News to the poor. He has sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to send away crushed ones with a release, to proclaim the acceptable year of Yahweh.” [from Isaiah /Yeshayahu 61: 1-11]

Mark 6:13  They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.

James 5:13-15 Is any one of you suffering evil? Let him pray. Is anyone in good spirits? Let him sing psalms,  songs of praise. Is any one among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the assembly & let them pray over him, having  anointed him with oil in the Name of the Master. And the prayer of belief shall save the sick person & the Master shall raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he shall be forgiven.

2 Corinthians 1:20-21   For as many promises are of Elohim , in Him they are “Yes” and so in Him the “SO BE IT, AMEYN”  to the esteem of Elohim through us. But He who establishes us with you  in Mashiach [Messiah] and has anointed us, is Elohim, who also sealed us, and gave  the Ruach [Spirit] in our hearts as a pledge.

Hebrews / Ibrim 6:1-2 Therefore having left the Word of the beginning of Ha’Mashiach, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of belief in Elohim, of the teaching of immersions, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. (And other simple truths like anointing with oil, calling on the elders, speaking the truth and loving one another)

Ahmein!

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The Anointing & The Oil

Yeshua is loved & anointed by a forgiven woman, in Luke 7:37-50:

And standing behind, at His feet, weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears & wiping them with the hair of her head & was kissing His feet and anointing them with the perfume [oil in an alabaster flask].

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