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Essential Oils Concluded

Hello everyone! I hope your week is going well. As I type this post, a storm is brewing here. I hope it doesn’t get bad out there. One good thing is that it is nice and cool.
We are harvesting some veggies from the garden now. We have eaten fresh squash and lettuce from right here on our homestead. We will soon harvest tomatoes and green beans. Our garden seems to be doing better than it ever has.
Let’s pick up our discussion of essential oils. I hope I can finish today, but we’ll see. As Christians, the most common Biblical act we associate with oil is anointing. Anointing is mentioned one hundred and fifty-six times in Scripture. We are all familiar with Psalm 23 and most have probably memorized it at some point. One of its most familiar verses is, “Thou anointest my head with oil.” Since that line was written by a king, and the Anointer was no less than God Himself, the oil of this verse could have been the Holy Anointing Oil that we discussed last week. In any event, we know the oil to which David was referring was fragrant because anointing oils always contained at least some aromatic Oil, if not 100%. The true and ancient meaning of “anoint” has been lost in modern times. It has almost been forgotten and has not been widely practiced for centuries. According to Dr David Stewart, “Many Christian ministers dab oil on the forehead and view the oil as merely symbolic not recognizing its healing properties. Some even use grocery store oils which have no value and are not Biblical when it comes to anointing” (Stewart – Healing Oils of the Bible).
In Psalm 133:2, the anointing of Aaron is described. Precious ointment was poured upon his head and it ran down his beard and onto the skirts of his garment. That is no small amount of oil. Neither was it pure olive oil since the Biblical adjective “precious” was never applied to olive oil alone, but always indicated the use of essential oils, such as hyssop, cassia, frankincense, spikenard, galbanum, myrrh, onycha, cinnamon, and/or calamus. In Biblical times essential oils were often mixed in a vegetable oil base such as olive, flaxseed, walnut, sesame, or almond, but vegetable oils alone were never used for anointing. According to Dr Stewart, “In fact the word ‘anointment’ is literally ‘an ointment'” (Stewart – Healing Oils of the Bible). Do I believe you have to be anointed with essential oils for God to heal you? No! God has the ultimate power to heal and He needs no help. Do I think we should follow the Bible as closely as we can? Yes! God gave instructions in His Word for a reason. If we obey Him we will prosper in health and otherwise.
Jesus taught His disciples the value of anointing to bring about healing using oil. They usually used olive oil mixed with precious spices and other aromatic oils (Mark 6:13). Jesus actually sent His disciples out to heal the sick and cast out devils. We are familiar with healing, but we do not hear much about casting out devils. The first part of Mark 6:12-13 was about repentance and its relationship to disease and healing. The second part has to do  with demons and unclean spirits, which also cause sickness. 
A large part of Jesus’ healings involved the casting out of devils (Matthew 4:24, Mark 1:32, Luke 4:33-41, etc). According to Dr Stewart, “When engaged in a healing mission, one must be ready to deal with all aspects of disease. Demonic spirits do not like essential oils. They are repelled by them. The high vibrations of the essential oils, which were placed there by God, are too much and make them want to leave.Those experienced in the administration of therapeutic oils, especially when used to help resolve and release buried emotions, can find themselves encountering demons repulsed by the high energies of the aromatic molecules” (Stewart – Healing Oils of the Bible).
He goes on to say, “There are also demons that are not the independent and conscious entities described in the New Testament to whom Jesus spoke as if they were personalities. Some of these Biblical demons would be properly diagnosed,according to modern psychiatry, as neurosis or psychosis. These are demons or unclean spirits of our own making that hide our true selves and prevent the flow of God’s love into our lives. Some of these are psychological disorders, hang-ups, and psychiatric diseases. Both kinds of demons, those conscious entities from the unseen realm of darkness spoken of by Paul in Ephesians 6:12 and those of our own making, need to be dealt with and cast out in order to affect a healing” (Stewart – Healing Oils of the Bible).
We cannot complete our discussion of essential oils and anointing without talking about the woman with the alabaster box of precious ointment (Matthew 26:7-12, Mark 4:3, John 12:3-8). Now I am not here to debate whether this was 3 separate women or occasions. I have my opinion, but this isn’t about my opinion. I just want to talk about the precious ointment.
This oil was very costly and in this case consisted entirely of essential oils of spikenard and myrrh.The oil was applied as a symbolic preparation for Jesus’ emanate death. The disciples criticized the woman for her “waste.” Jesus rebuked them and said that what she had done would be told everywhere. To this day, this is one of the most popular and well-known stories of the Bible. Songs have been written about it, pictures have been painted depicting it, and books have been written on it. This was indeed a selfless and sacrificial act of love and thankfulness poured upon Jesus by a woman who knew what it was like to be delivered from demonic spirits. Those criticizing disciples and others in that room didn’t know the true cost of the oil in her alabaster box. Oh, they knew the monetary value, but they didn’t know the spiritual value.
In December we delved into the gifts of the wisemen brought to Jesus. I will not revisit this, but you can read it in the archives. Essential oils are very powerful substances. I personally use them almost on a daily basis. While most people carry Tylenol and other drugs in their purses, I carry essential oils. I always carry peppermint oil for headaches, frankincense for everything, lavender, eucalyptus, etc. I would carry more if they would fit. 
I hope you have enjoyed this series of posts on essential oils. Hopefully you have learned something new and useful. Essential oils are truly amazing and God given.
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