Ancient Mysteries of the Coronation

Dr Clifford Smyth

The Bible uses the word 'anointing' (ancient mysteries of the coronation 1May) to describe a holy act which sets apart an individual or holy object to a sacred and unique purpose.

Familiar examples are the anointing of the flawed King Saul and the psalm writer, King David, in the Old Testament.

In the New Testament, Mary, the repentant sinner, anoints Jesus with nard, the extremely expensive ointment sourced from the regions of Tibet.

The most startling and otherworldly anointing is to be found in the Book of Hebrews,  Chapter one, verse nine: "Therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows." The subject of this glorious anointing is our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, truly an anointing veiled in glory and wonder.


Dr Clifford Smyth,

Posted 2nd June 2023

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