Daily Bread 7/8/2023


    Daily Bread – July 8, 2023 (The Seventh Day – Genesis 2:1-3) Genesis 31:13 – I am the God of Bethel where you anointed a pillar, where you vowed to me a vow; now arise, come out from this land and return to the land of your birth. The first time the word “anointed” appears in the Bible is here in reference to the consecration of God’s House and the consecration of His servant Jacob to both serve and worship Him. Jacob was allowed a visitation from God and received the revelation that he was in the House of God (Bethel). Jacob’s response to God’s visitation was a voluntary consecration of his life to the Almighty. The importance of what it means to be anointed extends to every act of Divine Power revealed in the sons of Adam. The Hebrew word “masach/anoint”, fashions the word used to denote our Redeemer, Christ Jesus (Messiah/ masiach/Christ/Christos). It is essential that we grasp the relationship of consecration to the anointing. It is only through such a devoted consecration that we will realize the full impact of what it means to be anointed (John 14:12, 15:16; Ephesians 4:13; Mark 16:17; Acts 4:33; Matthew 24:14; James 5:7). If we are not attentive to what God has given, we run the risk of never growing beyond infancy in Christ (1 Corinthians 3:1-3). Just as Moses anointed Aaron to consecrate him to God even so Jesus has anointed us (Leviticus 8:12; Exodus 29:36; 1 John 2:20, 27; 2 Corinthians 1:21). The consecration that comes through the anointing was further understood to be a direct act of the Holy Spirit coming upon the one who was anointed (1 Samuel 10:6, 16:13). The miracle of becoming the anointed of the Lord in the New Testament takes place when the Spirit of the Lord comes upon a person and changes them into a new creation (John 3:3-5, 4:10, 23-24; Titus 3:5; 1 Thessalonians 4:8). Through the new birth, we become sons and daughters of God, and receive a special anointing and authority to be the sons of God (John 1:12,16; 1 John 3:1-2, 5:18; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 4:24 ; Romans 8:29) Blessings, Pastor Mark Spitsbergen