The primary purpose of the anointing in both the Old and New Testaments was to separate things and people and make them acceptable to God (occasionally/symbolically for kings). Unfortunately, we tend to use the anointing to smell good for everybody.
In the 2nd chapter of Book Esther, King Ahasuerus launched a search for the new queen. A Jewish virgin, Esther spent six months soaking in oil of myrrh and six months in other added sweet odors to purify and prepare her for one night with the king. Only one of all the candidates who find King’s favor could see the King again after that one night. Esther 2:17 says, “The king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her the queen…..”
Esther 2:15 says, Esther obtained favor in the sight of all them that looked upon her. Can u imagine what Esther smelled like after spending a year of soaking in the anointing oil. Everywhere she walked she left a cloud of incense, and the smell of precious myrrh was on her. It was on her ornaments, embedded in her skin and hair. When she walked through the palace, every man in the palace raised his eyebrows. But Esther didn’t return a single glance. She didn’t want to waste all the time she has spent in the anointing just to win the approval of men, she was after the approval of the king himself.
Can this be same with us, the church, the bride of Christ? We have grown accustomed to wear God’s anointing to win the approval of the King’s court instead of the King Himself! The purpose of the anointing is to bring God and man together in Holy Communion. Don’t waste God’s precious anointing by running after man’s approval but use it to prepare the Bride of the King.
Moses knew the difference between the anointing and the glory. He had the anointing of God. He knew the thrill of working miracles and signs and wonders through the anointing. But he asked God for the best thing. He said, “Please, show me your glory” (Exodus 33:18).
The gifts, blessings and provisions of His hands are appreciated, but I want more. I want HIM. I long to see His glory and dwell in His manifest presence.