The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; Because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted… To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, To give unto them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning… (Isaiah 61:1–3, KJV)
God anointed Jesus and sent Him to provide the oil of joy for those who mourn in Zion. But what does this “oil of joy” signify?
Oil is a favored biblical symbol of the Holy Spirit’s work. Isaiah 61:1-3 fittingly describes the Messiah’s work, Who is anointed with the Spirit and sent to bestow oil upon those mourning in Zion. This concept is reinforced in Hebrews 1:9, which reads, “…God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.” Thus, God anoints with the oil of gladness or joy. This oil of joy refers to the joy of the Holy Spirit—could also be called the spirit of joy, originating from the Holy Spirit.
Hence, joy can be likened to oil, with this oil of joy being poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. Acts 13:52 states, “And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.” The Holy Spirit is like rivers of the oil of joy within our spirits. God sent him to supply an incessant flow of joy to those who mourn in Zion—God’s people. The core reasons for our mourning on earth typically involve the suffering caused by sin, death(spiritual), or Satanic oppression. Christ, the Anointed One, came into the world to alleviate our sorrow and offer us the oil of joy for our mourning.
According to Galatians 5:22, why is joy called the fruit of the Spirit?
Apply the Word
God has anointed you to possess joy, and this joy is your strength. Rejoice in the Lord—exercise and live in this joy. The Holy Spirit dwelling within you is God’s response to all the things that cause you to mourn; if you yield to Him, He will wipe away your tears. Remember, you have been anointed to rejoice!
Ask the Father to guide you in functioning in this anointing of joy.
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