THE OIL OF GRACE

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Scripture Studying — Psalm 23

You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. — Psalm 23:5

Most of us wouldn’t ask to have oil poured over our heads. Oil is greasy, slippery, and laborious to scrub off. However individuals who knew about elevating sheep in historical Israel—and nonetheless in some locations at the moment—would perceive the blessing of anointing.

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David, the author of this psalm, knew lots about herding sheep. As a caring shepherd, he would have utilized olive or grain oil to a sheep’s nostril and ears. Sheep have been usually troubled by bugs that buzzed about their heads and tried to put eggs on the moist membranes of the animal’s nostril and ears. The sheep grew to become distracted and obsessive about holding these bugs away. So shepherds utilized oil as a soothing treatment that stored the pests away.

THE OIL OF GRACE
THE OIL OF GRACE

The oil of grace provides to males the braveness, and provides to them the motives for doing daily the work that God appoints to them. The 5 silly virgins had lamps (this implies a information of Scripture fact), however they’d not the grace of Christ. Day-to-day they went by way of a spherical of ceremonies and exterior duties, however their service was lifeless, devoid of the righteousness of Christ. The Solar of Righteousness didn’t shine of their hearts and minds, and so they had not the love of the reality which conforms to the life and character, the picture and superscription, of Christ. The oil of grace was not mingled with their endeavours. Their faith was a dry husk with out the true kernel. They held quick to types of doctrines, however they have been deceived of their Christian life, stuffed with self-righteousness, and failing to study classes within the college of Christ, which, if practised, would have made them sensible unto salvation.

THE OIL OF GRACE
THE OIL OF GRACE

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The Lord Jesus requires that each soul who claims to be a son or daughter of God, mustn’t solely depart from all iniquity, however be ample in acts of charity, self-denial, and humility. The Lord has introduced the working of a sure regulation of thoughts and motion that ought to warn us in regard to our work. He says: “Whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.” Those that don’t enhance upon their alternatives, who don’t train the grace that God provides them, have much less and fewer inclination to take action, and eventually, in a sleepy lethargy, lose that which they as soon as possessed. They make no provision for the longer term time of want in gaining a big expertise, in acquiring an elevated information of divine issues, in order that when trial and temptation encounter them, they can stand. When persecution or temptation comes, this class lose their braveness and religion, and their basis is swept away as a result of they didn’t see the necessity for making their basis certain. They didn’t rivet their souls to the everlasting Rock.

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It’s merely that which is exterior that’s represented by the lamp, however the lamp is nugatory with out oil. The inward and non secular oil of the grace of Christ is to vivify the soul. Until Christ transforms the character by his divine grace, there isn’t a transformation, no residing spring of religion. “And the angel that talked with me got here once more, and waked me, as a person that’s wakened out of his sleep, and stated unto me, What seest thou? And I stated, I’ve appeared, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the highest of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and 7 pipes to the seven lamps, that are upon the highest thereof: and two olive-trees by it, one upon the suitable facet of the bowl, and the opposite upon the left facet thereof. So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, what are these, my Lord? Then the angel that talked with me . . . answered and spake unto me, saying, that is the phrase of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by may, nor by energy, however by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.”

THE OIL OF GRACE
THE OIL OF GRACE

The lamps are to impress upon the church the need of everlasting vigilance as the value of security. Devotion, watching, and prayer are usually not for a second to be uncared for. The Lord is coming a second time to our world, and there should be present in us a disposition to attend and look ahead to his showing, lest coming out of the blue he discover us sleeping. All whom Christ has united in holy covenant with himself are to really feel that it isn’t protected at any time to be with out oil of their vessels. The warning Christ has given is for us, and we will be discovered responsible earlier than God if we don’t take heed to it. “And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and in order that day encounter you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the entire earth? Watch ye due to this fact, and pray all the time, that ye could also be accounted worthy to flee all this stuff that shall come to cross, and to face earlier than the Son of man.”

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Have we determined to make our dwelling-place upon the earth? Are we not strangers and pilgrims looking for a greater nation, even a heavenly? “Watch, due to this fact; for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. . . . Subsequently be ye additionally prepared; for in such an hour as ye assume not the Son of man cometh.” “As a result of thou hast stored the phrase of my endurance, I additionally will hold thee from the hour of temptation, which shall encounter all of the world, to attempt them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I come shortly: maintain that quick which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. Him that overcometh will I make a pillar within the temple of my God, and he shall go no extra out: and I’ll write upon him the identify of my God, and the identify of the town of my God, which is New Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I’ll write upon him my new identify.”

THE OIL OF GRACE
THE OIL OF GRACE

The approaching of Christ will probably be because it have been at midnight when all are sleeping. It will likely be effectively for everybody to have his accounts all straightened up earlier than sundown. All his works ought to be proper, all his dealings simply, between himself and his fellow-men. All dishonesty, all sinful practices ought to be put far-off. The oil of grace ought to be in our vessels with our lamps. There will probably be some at that late day who can have the looks of being Christians, however their id with Christ is barely a deception. Unhappy certainly would be the situation of the soul who has had a type of godliness however has denied the facility thereof; who has referred to as Christ, Lord, Lord, and but who has not his picture and superscription. The silly virgins flattered themselves that they might have mercy, that they might receive an entrance into the wedding feast; however the Grasp answered their plea for admission with a stern refusal, saying, and “I do know you not.” “And the door was shut.”

This can be a lovely image of anointing. Describing himself as a sheep, the psalmist says that the Lord, his shepherd, anoints his head with oil. The calming affect of oil on a sheep’s head is supposed for us as effectively. The irritants and annoyances of life disappear.

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Are you able to image your self receiving an anointing like that from God? All of us want his therapeutic balm to deal with the issues of every day. Permit the great shepherd to anoint you with His grace, mercy, and love.

Prayer

Lord, thanks to your take care of us amid the troubles and annoyances of life. Thanks for offering a means for us to search out the peace that we could stay for you. In Jesus, Amen.

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