Priestly Anointing - David Mitts

But you shall be called the priests of Yahweh,
you will be called servers of our God.
You shall eat the wealth of the nations,
and you shall boast in their riches. Isaiah 61:6  Lexham Bible.

God’s anointing is always with a vision and a purpose.  Not only does the anointing accomplish outcomes, like healing, deliverance, restoration and reconciliation but it also transforms the anointed ones, the Christians.  The nature of God’s power is transformative.

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This transformation process is connected to how we think. Not just what we think but actually the way in which we think connects us to the anointing of God. Romans 12:1-2

"Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect."  Romans 12:1-2

The transformation is connected to the renewing of our minds which in turn proves the good and acceptable perfect will of God in our lives. Let’s look a few key words.

First the word “renew:”  This draws the picture of kind of a resurfacing or the renewal of a library book.  It seems connected to what is and refreshes it somehow.  BUT we are talking about something that transforms.  Let’s look at another use of this word so we can rightly divide the word of truth: Col 3:10-14

"and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him— a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all. So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity."  Colossians 3:10-14

We can see here that the renewal is to a true knowledge to the image of the Creator.  This is transformation of thought.  Paul goes on and says the renewal changes our distinctions.  This instructs us to think from a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience.  Doesn’t this list sound familiar?  That’s right! The fruits of the Spirit. Our pursue in grasping the anointing has been to be fruitful.  Can you see how it is connected by scripture to our thoughts? So our transformation into who we ARE in Christ is by thought renewal!
A second word from Romans 12:2 that I want to look at is the word “Prove”.  This word means to assay or examine the value of something.

"Then the Lord said to Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from the heavens for you; and the people shall go out and gather a day's portion every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in My law or not."  Exodus 16:4

This links our actions to the word that is in us.  We live our beliefs, we argue our opinions. This is called our walk.  The Key to our walk is in what we believe to be the nature of reality in our hearts.  These core beliefs shape our thinking.  They are “being” behind our thoughts, the container if you will or the “isness” of our thoughts.

"For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. "Eat and drink!" he says to you, But his heart is not with you."  Proverbs 23:7

We tend to think of the scripture left to right.  Our thinking is our thoughts; they form who we are.  But looking at the literal Hebrew it is translated more like: “for as the gate of his soul is, so is he.”  There is a gate to our soul, actually at least 3.  There is the eye gate, how we see things; the ear gate, how we listen to things; and the belief gate, what allow to be real.  

The soul is best represented by the idea of who we think ourselves to be based on our life to date.  Now let’s look at our verse today connected with the mind of Christ in us being activated into the reality of God’s Word, what we are calling the doorway into manifesting the anointed life.

6But you will be called the priests of the LORD;
You will be spoken of as ministers of our God.
You will eat the wealth of nations,
And in their riches you will boast. (Isaiah 61:6 (NASB))

We are called “priests of Yahweh.  Called by whom?  By the anointing!  People will see the outcome but it is the anointing on the inside that calls us “priests”.  What is a priest and how do we activate the call into its fullness?

First, let’s look at the Hebrew. Priest in Hebrew is Cohen.  3 Letters Caf, Hey, Nun.  Two of these letters, Caf and Nun form the Hebrew word for “yes”.  Yes is an interesting word.   

Yes and amen are powerful together.  Look with me at 2 Corinthians 1:18-20:

"But as God is faithful, our word to you is not yes and no. For the Son of God, Christ Jesus, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silvanus and Timothy—was not yes and no, but is yes in Him. For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us."  2 Corinthians 1:18-20
So the promises of God, in Him, in the anointing, are YES!  So a priest is one who is the carrier of yes with a letter Hei in the middle.  What does Hei represent?  It is the letter added to Abram’s name to become Abraham.  It is the letter added to Sarai to become Sarah.  It represents revelation of divine purpose!  The Hei transformed Abram from a person with the name father to the destiny of being the father of many nations.  The HEI word picture is of a man praising God.

It is the number 5 and represents grace.  It is the God factor in the equations of life.  The Hei is God’s addition His special ingredients, so our response is to praise Him and He in turn inhabits our praise.

So the anointing of being a priest of Yahweh means we bring Him into the equation with the yes, the alignment to His Word which brings strength and power!

This results in part 2, being called a minister or a servant of God.  The Hebrew word here is Sharat.  Normally we would see the abad. This means to work for someone.  Sharat however means to work out of love.  SO when we bring the yes to the equation we do it with such a presence of Him who is love and they know Him by our love.  This is the anointing of Sharat.

In this place we move to part 3, “You will eat the wealth of nations.”  The word wealth here is Chayil, which means the strength or might of nations.  At the tower of Babel God separated the nations.  Each nation or group of people has a unique strength.  This strength is their wealth.  What does it mean that the ones who bring the Yes of God also eat the wealth of the nations.  Well I think it is about the One New Man.  It is about the vision of last week, that the anointing brings strangers into the family.  There is a unity in the anointing that comes from the Glory of God.

that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. "The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.(John 17:21-23 NASB)

There is coming a consuming of the strength of the nations that results in a new nation, the Kingdom of God.  It is through the communion of the body and blood of the Lord.  We become what we eat. In this case it is who we eat.  We come into a unity and that unity brings all the strength, the wealth of the nations into One.  The Queen of Sheba was a picture of this unity when she came to Solomon.  She brought the wealth of her nation in honor of Solomon and of God.

The fourth and final component of the anointing in this verse is the “boasting in their riches” or better “in their glory you shall boast”.   This is a picture of  what you thought was for someone else and not for you, now becomes your spoils of war.  This is a powerful picture of triumph over the enemy.  The “things” you had to yield  and give up for a season to serve the Lord, now become instead of losses to you, gain.  

For me and my family this speaks most powerfully in the area of family.  When we chose to receive Yeshua into our heart, or really He chose us to have the privilege of bearing His name, we lost a lot of family glory.  Suddenly and completely we became the outsiders, the aliens.  In the anointing though we have gained a new family, a new glory if you will that is closer in Him in many ways.  What have you given up for Him?  What seems like a loss, a point of sadness and longing will come to you in glory, in greater gain and honor.  That is the mind of God for you.

Activation:  God has deposited into your spirit, His Promises. The whole Torah is in our hearts. What we need to do is activate it into our thoughts and actions. So let’s activate the priesthood today.  Let’s activate the Yes.

I am an overcomer. Yes!
I am healthy! Yes!
I am rich in blessings. Yes!
I live in favor. Yes!


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