Oil and the Holy Spirit

Matthew 23:1-25:30

When the foolish took their lamps, they didn’t take oil with them. Matthew 25:3

This verse struck me. I’ve always read it at face value and never pondered any deeper than that, until today. The moment I laid eyes on it one word stuck out like a sore thumb; oil. Oil through the entire Old and New Testament is a symbol for the Holy Spirit. It’s why all the priests and prophets and kings were anointed with it. They wanted all of their leaders to be anointed with the Holy Spirit in order to properly lead them in the way that they should go, according to God’s will, so as not to evoke His wrath.

After the resurrection Jesus told His Disciples “not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for the Father’s promise. ‘This,’ He said, ‘is what you heard from Me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Acts 1:4-5

They were not to leave that very spot until they too had been anointed with the Holy Spirit. While Jesus had given them the Great Commission to “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20 They were not fully equipped to carry out that commission until they had been anointed or baptized with the Holy Spirit. Then Pentecost came.

“When the day of Pentecost had arrived, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like that of a violent rushing wind came from heaven, and it filled the whole house where they were staying. And tongues, like flames of fire that were divided, appeared to them and rested on each one of them. Then they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different languages, as the Spirit gave them ability for speech.” Acts 2:1-4

Tell me friend, what was it that the Virgins carried?

And what was it that the foolish ones forgot but the wise one brought with them?

And what is it that the priests, prophets and kings were anointed with?

And when oil is touched to a flame, what happens?

Oil burns! Oil, when placed inside a lamp and lit brings light to the entire area it is in. At Pentecost the Holy Spirit appeared as tongues of fire at the tops of their heads! Why? Because they had been anointed with the spiritual oil of the Holy Spirit and were now prepared to burn BRIGHTLY in this dark world. Which they DID!

My friend, today, I encourage you to pray this prayer and invite the Holy Spirit to come and fill you with His POWER and LIGHT in order to fully equip you to go and shine brightly in this dark world of ours.

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