Exodus 24:12… “Come up to me into the mount, and be there” (KJV).
Zechariah 4 gives a detailed account of a vision the prophet had been shown. It was a vision of two olive trees whose oil dripped into a golden bowl that symbolized the work of the Holy Spirit through men who have been touched with fresh oil. The prophet asked questions as to the meaning of the vision and was told in verse 14, “Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the LORD of the whole earth” (KJV)… or as the Bible margin reads, “the sons of oil” or “sons of fresh oil,” taken from a root word meaning “servants who produce light.”
Numbers 11:8 talks about the manna having the taste “of fresh oil.” God’s provisions are marked with the taste of fresh oil. It was not something manufactured by man. Manna came directly from heaven and needed only to be consumed. John 6:33 teaches that Christ is our bread from heaven and that our consumption of Him will sustain and minister life to our souls. He is “the Son of fresh oil.”
Psalm 92:10 tells us that King David positively stated, “I shall be anointed with fresh oil” (KJV) or “I have been anointed with fresh oil.” David goes on to tell us that fresh oil is found in the presence of God (vv. 12-15). It is there that the righteous flourish.
Exodus 24:12 reads, “Come up to me in the mount, and be there.” What a challenging word for our day–“Come and be” and come out as a “son of fresh oil.” After the “come and be,” Moses became a servant with fresh light for the people.
Matthew 17:1-9 tells us of Jesus selecting Peter, James, and John to come with Him to the Mount. The glory cloud covered them, and Peter, led by his flesh, wanted to do, to build, to make three tabernacles. But the Father’s will was to “come and be” and to hear His Son.
In His presence you will become a “son with fresh oil.” Just prior to His ascension, Jesus commanded the disciples to tarry in Jerusalem until they were endued with power from on high. After ten days of intense waiting, the fire fell, the wind blew, the glory descended, and the one hundred and twenty became “sons of fresh oil,” servants producing light. In Exodus 24, those who didn’t “come and be” camped at the base and constructed their own golden calf (idol). They produced a “god” of their own making because they couldn’t wait. The disciples of Jesus who did not come into the Mount were not able to cast out a demon who had possessed a boy (Matthew 17:14-18). Today, most leaders have no time to “come and be.” They are too busy with “come and do,” and “come and build,” and their work shows it in sameness, tameness, and lameness.*
There is a need today for “sons of fresh oil” producing light for this harried and distressed world. “Come up into the mount and be there.” Come up and enjoy Jesus. Be consumed by Him, and leave with His reflection. Leave as a servant who produces light. What a challenge…
Pastor George Belobaba
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*See “Fixed Liturgy,” published June 7th, 2014.