The Cost of the Anointing
Moreover the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 23 "Also take for yourself quality spices — five hundred shekels of liquid myrrh, half as much sweet-smelling cinnamon
(two hundred and fifty shekels), two hundred and fifty shekels of sweet-smelling cane,
24 five hundred shekels of cassia, according to the shekel of the sanctuary,
and a hin of olive oil. 25 And you shall make from these a holy anointing oil,
an ointment compounded according to the art of the perfumer.
It shall be a holy anointing oil.
Now the two of them (Ruth & Naomi) went until they came to Bethlehem.
And it happened, when they had come to Bethlehem, that all the city was excited because of them; and the women said, "Is this Naomi?"
20 But she said to them, "Do not call me Naomi; (pleasantness)
call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.
21 I went out full, and the Lord has brought me home again empty.”
What is the Anointing? Not a feeling
Identification of Who I Am to Become
Rom 11:29. The gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
But the anointing costs
Most can’t pay the price
Sweet Cinnamon & Sweet Cane
Sweet aromas are attached to offerings
Sweetness comes from being all-in
Myrrh – Comes from a bushy tree with thorns
Thorns serve as the tree’s defense
1. Get past the thorns
2. Wound the tree
You must be desperate for the Anointing
You’re going to experience some pain to get the anointing
Wound the tree repeatedly
In response to being hurt, it bleeds the myrrh resin
Myrrh – Mor: bitter
It may seem as if God deals bitterly with you
Oil comes from crushing
It takes the crushing to release the anointing
You’re not anointed because you won’t submit to the crushing
Combination of bitter & sweet, crushing & wounding
Like a Battery – positive & negative
Crushing is to teach us Faith
The Lord said, "Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail.
To live in your anointing, you’ve got to walk by faith
Being anointed should be a Progression of
· Faith to Faith (Rom 1:17)
· Glory to Glory (2 Cor 3:18)
“To” is a preposition
Indicates the relation of one substantive to another substantive
Sometimes I’m in the Preposition, or Pre-Position
Pre-Position for my Anointing