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24th November 2023


Give me oil in my lamp

The Holy Spirit is strongly associated with oil in the Scriptures.
We have seen how the Holy Spirit dwells within us & supplies oil for the lamp of our lives.
As we await the return of Christ we are to be living in unity. A united people with one purpose.
And also a people who are ever ready & daily resourced by the ‘oil’ of the Spirit.
The prophet Zechariah also speaks of how we are to be sons & daughters of fresh oil.
This will be our focus for today.


Then I answered and said to him, “What are these two olive trees—at the right of the lampstand and at its left?” And I further answered and said to him, “What are these two olive branches that drip into the receptacles of the two gold pipes from which the golden oil drains?” Then he answered me and said, “Do you not know what these are?” And I said, “No, my lord.” So he said, “These are the two anointed ones, who stand beside the Lord of the whole earth.” Zechariah 4:11-14 NKJV


Zechariah receives a vision where golden oil is perpetually flowing (dripping) from 2 olive trees.
It is flowing via receptacles from 2 gold pipes to the 2 anointed ones – literally sons of fresh oil.
These are representative of the offices of the king & priest. Namely Zerubbabel (the ruler) & Joshua (the priest).
Kings & priests being those who were anointed for office & service to the people of Israel.
They are to serve & function in their God given roles through the supply of fresh oil from the Lord.
The perpetual anointing that freely flows from the Lord is what equips & empowers them, & US, in His service. SELAH

The picture is of both the king & priest being combined into a Messianic king-priest role.
This points to, & was fulfilled in, Jesus Christ – the ‘anointed one’ who was anointed (His baptism) as prophet, priest & king.
Christ is representative of His people & in Him we are also kings & priests unto our God (Revelation 1:6 & 5:10).
Every believer is a receiver of the Spirit’s fresh oil of anointing as a part of the royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9).
You & I are sons & daughters of perpetual ‘fresh oil’. SELAH

We serve & function in our God given roles ONLY by the anointing & power of the Spirit.
Not be might, nor by power but by my Spirit says the Lord of Hosts (Zechariah 4:6).
We are sons & daughters, kings & priests, of fresh oil. Hallelujah!!! How good is that.
It is a great privilege which is intended for a great purpose. To make King Jesus known.
His anointing is in you, on you & flows through you. Stay in the perpetual flow.
Fill my lamp with fresh Holy Spirit oil Lord. SELAH


For Reflection

  • What am I doing to position myself to receive the drips & flow of the Spirit’s anointing oil?
  • In what ways do I see myself operating as both a king (ruler/leader) & a priest (mediator)?
  • How am I cultivating my relationship with the holy Spirt & communing with Him?
  • Meditate upon what it means to be a son or daughter of fresh oil.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the anointing that flows from You,
The anointing that perpetually equips & empowers me to serve You.
Jesus thank you that are the Anointed One,
And that as king & priest unto our God I share Your anointing.,
Holy Spirit keep me positioned to receive all the precious anointing oil that flows from You,
Let it flow freely to me, & powerfully through me, to bring blessing & life to others.
This I ask in the mighty Name of Jesus.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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