The application of oil was associated with times of rejoicing and celebration. It also possessed a deeper significance, including that of being singled out by God for special favour or responsibilities.
For healingMk 6:13It has been suggested that anointing in a healing context may be related to the use of oil for medicinal purposes. See alsoJas 5:14
The figurative use of anointing
Anointing by God1Sa 26:9Israel’s king is frequently referred to as “the Lord’s anointed”. His physical anointing is seen as symbolising a divine anointing. The word “Messiah” literally means “the anointed one”; Isa 45:1 Cyrus, as God’s agent for a specific task, is referred to as “his anointed”. See also2Sa 23:1; Ps 2:2; Ps 45:2; Ps 89:20; Eze 28:14
Dictionary of Bible Themes Scripture index copyright Martin H. Manser, 2009. As Editor, Martin Manser wishes to thank all those who compiled or edited the NIV Thematic Study Bible, on which this work is based.
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