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by Derek Gentle
"For there is born to you this day in the city of David
a Savior, who is Christ the Lord" Luke 2:11
Hebrews 1:1-3, 8-9
Anointing consisted of pouring oil over the head of a person being inaugurated into an office, symbolizing the enabling of the Holy Spirit given for the task.
". . . The high priest who was anointed with the holy oil" Numbers 35:25
"Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him [David] in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that forward. . ." 1st Samuel 16:13
Three kinds of leaders in the Old Testament were anointed, prophets, priest, and kings:
". . . Elisha . . . you shall anoint as prophet in your place" 1st Kings 19:16
"And you shall anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister to Me as priests" Exodus 30:30
"There let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him king over Israel; and blow the horn, and say, 'Long live King Solomon'" - 1st Kings 1:34
1. Anointed as Prophet vs. 1-2
To tell us about God
A. In Fulfillment of Prophecy
"The Lord your God shall raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear" - Deuteronomy 18:15
(1) Mighty in word and deed. (Acts 7:22)
(2) Carried out functions of a prophet and a priest also.
(3) Delivered his people from bondage.
(4) Announced the terms of the Old/New Covenant.
(5) Both were delivered from a violent death in infancy.
B. As the Ultimate Messenger vs. 2
Showing God's Desire to make Himself known.
C. Jesus Was Not Only the Messenger, but also the Message. vs. 1-2
To Bring Us to God
2. Anointed as Priest vs. 3
Two duties of Priests:
(1) Offering Sacrifices vs. 3
By being both Priest and Sacrifice
"Therefore He is able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him since He ever lives to make intercession for them" - Hebrews 7:25
He "sat down" (1:3), His priestly work completed.
To Rule us as God
3. Anointed as King vs. 8-9, 13
A. Rules as God vs. 8
B. Is Both Ruler and Ruled vs. 9, 5:8
C. Is Waiting for His Rule to Consumated vs. 13
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