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May 14

Zadok the priest took an horn of oil out of the tabernacle, and anointed Solomon. — 1 Kgs 1:39

Oil was the symbol of the Holy Spirit. The meaning of the ceremony was that as men anointed the young king with divine grace, setting him part as king, gifting him for service.

God anoints every one of us, as we wait at His feet in consecration, giving us His Holy Spirit to fit us for His work.

It is related of a Russian prince that he was in Paris, having for his companions certain rich young men who passed their time in revelling. One night they were feasting, and in the midst of their revels a sealed message was handed to the Russian prince. He opened it and read it, and then rising, he said to his companions, “I am emperor now.” He then turned away and left them, separating himself forever from his past unworthy life.

When we are called to any duty we should break with whatever in our past has been unworthy. The call to holy service should be a call to noble living.

Mornings With God - May 14

Public domain content taken from Morning Thoughts by J.R. Miller.

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