NOTE: I began this post a couple years ago and finally decided to finish it. Several tries later, as an hour’s work accidently got deleted AGAIN, I think I’ve finally overcome the enemy’s reluctance to me writing this post.
Essential Oils are all the rage at this time in our culture. It goes along with the quest for health, youth and healing. It’s a luxury, an ancient natural cure for what ails you. With a myriad of uses; some very old, some quite newly discovered, let’s dig into what the Bible has to say about oil, since that’s where this all began. Typing “oil” into a Bible search, I got 207 results, so I’ll try to cover a few Scriptures by categories.
Food: Oil was essential to mix with grains to create bread. The Lord did many miracles of multiplying the oil as with the widows in the Old Testament. In 1Kings 5 and again in chapter 17, Samuel first decrees that Hiram shall be provided with “twenty kors of pressed oil” along with wheat to feed his family each year. Chapter 17 tells the story of the widow who was blessed… her oil jar did not run dry until the rain again fell on the land.
Anointing: Starting in the book of Exodus, almost every book of the Bible talks about anointing things with oil for offerings, appointing kings and priests, mixing with other items like flour, to make a sweet savor for God. Note: the specific mixture of oil God told the priests to mix for the holy offering was not to be used for any other purposes.
Beauty: Esther 2:12 Each young woman’s turn came to go in to King Ahasuerus after she had completed twelve months’ preparation, according to the regulations for the women, for thus were the days of their preparation apportioned: six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with perfumes and preparations for beautifying women.
Healing: Mark 6:13 And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick, and healed them. The story of the Good Samaritan: Luke 10:34 So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine;
Health: Hebrews 1:9 You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.” [Proverbs 17:22A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.]
For myself, my chiropractor turned me on to essential oils several years ago. She gave her patients lavender peanut oil that her mother mixed for her. It’s great for sore joints and muscles. Also, my nephew and his wife made lavender oil spray for their wedding favors, good for room spray, linen spray, and many other uses. I found a basic book that has guided my use of essential oils,
Aromatherapy Made Easy Simple Step-by-step Guide To Using Essential Oils by Christine Wildwood. I also found do TERRA has an essential oil chemistry wheel you can download that helps visualize how the different oils interact. Of course, this goes beyond what the Bible says about oil; mostly olive oil. I generally use coconut oil and depending on what time of year, I mix some olive or avocado oil, with the essentials. My go-to oils are lavender, frankincense, and cedar wood. I mix one for bedtime and another for morning and oil myself from head to toe before I change clothes. It’s great for keeping moisture in after a shower/bath. Well, let’s talk about oil and unity. Remember, the Bible says Jesus was anointed with the oil of joy more than all His brethren!
Psalm 133:1 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 blessing of dwelling together in unity! The Spirit is stressing unity in the Body of Christ in these days. In order to experience the fullness of abundant life in Jesus, we must learn to dwell in unity. This does not mean we agree on EVERYTHING, but it does mean we overcome our differences- which make us unique- and come into unity in the Spirit. We need to focus on the major truths and minor on the major dividers the world brings in. The first photo is my young friend Arie, and the second photo was taken at My Father’s House orphanage in Port Au Prince, Haiti in February 2015. I am preparing to embark on my first mission trip since then, Tanzania 2023, February 7-22, 2023. The unity in the Spirit is never more noticeable than when we quickly bond with others that we have never seen before and that we do not share a language/culture with.
I leave you with another display of God’s glory, taken on a day trip to visit our son Alex’s family. As my husband says, I don’t often get to see the sunrise, especially in January!