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Friday, January 10, 2014

Who is Prohibited to Make or Use the Holy Anointing Oil?

Anointing oil is one the few tangible elements used in the Old Testament which was carried over for use into the New Testament  (James 5:14,  Mark 16:13).  A very descriptive recipe of how to make the Holy Anointing Oil can be found in the 30th chapter of Exodus.

However much ignorance and fear of the prohibition in this chapter have prevented many capable believers from using it.

Is it indeed prohibited for believers to make and/or to use?   Who has the right to use this sacred substance?

It was forbidden to be used on an “outsider” or to be used as an emollient on the body of any common persons and the children of Israel were forbidden to duplicate any like it for themselves.
In this article we will attempt to discover who, in this modern age, is permitted to be anointed with this most precious oil.

Let us take a closer look at the instructions for the manufacturing and use of the Holy Anointing Oil in Exodus 30. God gives TWO messages to TWO different groups of people in this chapter concerning the anointing oil. Not knowing which messages pertains to which group has been the source of much confusion in the past.  Read More>>>>>>>>>>>

also: What is Aromatic Cane?
AROMATIC CANE (קָנֶ֔ה, or קְנֵה־בֹ֖שֶׂם, meaning “spiced cane.” The word qaneh, CALAMUS, is found in Ezekiel 27:19 and Song of Solomon, and qāneh bōsem in Exodus 30:23).
The aromatic cane (Andropogon aromaticus) is not the sugar cane as people know it today, but a grass which gives out a strong smell when bruised, and which has a taste of ginger. Cows and goats like it, but when eaten it can taint their milk and even their flesh. When processed, it produces an oil called ginger grass. It is similar to the lemon grass (Andropogon schoenanthus) found in Pal., as well as Arabia and India.

There would have been no difficulty in importing the ginger grass to Pal., for there was a regular caravan traffic between the two countries.

In Jeremiah 6:20 the tr. “sweet cane” (qāneh) is prob. sweet-smelling cane. In fact Moffatt uses the words “perfume fetched from lands afar.” The word qāneh, however, in Isaiah 43:24 may mean Sugar Cane (q.v.).

It is thought that the Queen of Sheba brought King Solomon spiced cane, and the word “spices” in 1 Kings 10:10 definitely refers to Andropogon aromaticus. It must be remembered that she brought an abundance of these spices, presumably from Ethiopia, where the canes would have grown well.

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