You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Psalm 23:5b NKJV
In the Old Testament anointing with oil was very important.
Aaron, the first high priest, was anointed with oil. He and his sons were set apart by God for the service of God and the Tabernacle.
Exodus 29:7 KJV — Then shalt thou take the anointing oil, and pour it upon his head, and anoint him.
Kings were anointed. Saul, David, and Solomon were anointed with oil to show God had chosen them. (1 Samuel 10:1,16:13, 1 Kings 1:39)
In Matthew we see a detailed list of names, the importance being Jesus’s lineage through Joseph, a direct descendant of the kingly line.
So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the captivity in Babylon until the Christ are fourteen generations.
Matthew 1:17 NKJV
God spoke clearly to Joseph about Jesus.
And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus , for He will save His people from their sins.”
Matthew 1:21 NKJV
Joseph’s adopted son Jesus was a direct line to David.
Jesus’s anointing isn’t only through the kingly lineage of David.
Hebrews 6:20 NKJV — where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
Jesus is both King of Kings and our high priest.
Hebrews 7:24-25 NKJV — But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
How incredibly intricate the details which all came together in Jesus.
As we add Joseph to the Nativity let us reflect upon Jesus’s dual anointing: king and priest.
It’s very clear, God choose Joseph to be Jesus’s adopted father.
We have a choice as well.
Whether one will live in total surrender to the King and Priest or not.
For those who choose to the scripture speaks clearly.
“He (Jesus) will save His people from their sins.”
Surely, our cup overflows due to His “intercession for” each of us.
Praise the LORD!