THE OILY MARK

THE OILY MARK

And of Asher he said: “Asher is most blessed of sons; Let him be favored by his brothers, and let him dip his foot in oil.  Your sandals shall be iron and bronze; As your days, so shall your strength be. Deuteronomy 33:24,25

Recently  I came across this Scripture of Moses’ blessing over the tribe of Asher and I decided I would claim his blessing over my life. Now Asher was one of the twelve sons of Jacob and his mom was Zilpah, Leah’s maid… Really when you talk about the sons of Jacob- Judah, Joseph, or Benjamin may come to mind, but never Asher… He was not one of the more notable sons.  There isn’t much to say about him… after all he was the maids son and the way his father received his fortune, well lets just say there is a story behind that one. …

But Asher means “Happy” and from what we can learn from the above Scripture he was blessed, yes blessed indeed. The Bible says,  “that Asher was most blessed of sons…”  In the King James version it says, “Let Asher be blessed with children.” So here is the first of the “four-part blessing” that he received… He was to be fruitful. I don’t know about you but I want my house not only filled with my own children and my children’s children, I also want my home to be filled with spiritual children as well, “for he who wins souls is wise.” And secondly, he was favored. How many want to be surrounded by favor in every area of their lives? I know I do. And third, “his sandals shall be iron and bronze, as your days, so shall your strength be.” Charles Spurgeon writes about this part, “The strength of thy old age shall be like that of thy youth; thou shalt not feel a decay,  but shalt renew thy youth; as if not thy shoes only, but thy bones, were iron and brass.’’ What this is saying is when I get old, I will feel like I did when I was young, just like iron shoes will not wear out , I won’t wear out but will be strong enough to accomplish His plan for my life.  Now that is a BLESSING we all would like to claim…

But the part I really like  is when it says “and let him dip his foot in oil..” Oh to dip my foot in oil, so wherever I go I leave an oily mark. Everywhere I go, to leave the mark of the anointing of God. I heard it once said, “what a tragedy it would be to live ones life, yet having died, not to have made a difference.”  Many strive hard to leave some kind of legacy upon this earth, but in all reality their striving is in vain, for in a few short years no matter how hard he tries, he soon will be forgotten. But if you are wise, your highest goal should be, and what will make you eternally satisfied  and happy, is to live your life so saturated with oil received from heaven, that the legacy you leave will be a heavenly one. I do not know about you but I want to leave a mark on this generation. But let it not be my mark, but the mark of the Holy Spirit.  The only way to accomplish this high calling of God is to keep my branch  so connected to the Vine that His sap oozes out of me. I want to be so connected to the “TWO OILY ONES” standing on the right and left of the Father in heaven, that the continuous, endless supply of oil from heaven permeates, penetrates and pervades every fiber of my being, and so much so that everywhere I walk I can’t help but leave a puddle of oil… .

Oh to be like Asher , happy, blessed among sons, fruitful, surrounded with favor and that my strength in my old age will be like my youth. But most of all, let me dip my foot in oil, but not just my foot Lord, but every part of me saturated in that oily substance and supply that never runs dry.

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