Ron Sawka Ministries
December 1, 2021; Kislev 27, 5782
“For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps” (Matt. 25:3–4, ESV).
“You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions” (Heb. 1:9, NKJV).
“At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon” (John 10:22–23, ESV).
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The Oil of Gladness Comes from Dedication!
As I write this, we are in the Feast of Hanukkah (Nov. 29–Dec. 6). In the Maccabean revolt in the second century BC, the Jewish people were able to drive out the Syrian-Greek invaders. They cleansed the desecrated temple and rededicated it to the Lord. This included lighting and keeping the lamp (menorah) burning. They found they only had enough oil for one day, but rather than wait the seven days necessary to make more pure oil, they lit what they had. Miraculously, it lasted eight days. Thus, Hanukkah is also known as the Festival of Lights or the Feast of Dedication, as referred to in John 10.
This is an amazing picture of what God wants to do for us individually, as well as for His ekklesia corporately. When we dedicate our lives to Him, He anoints us with the oil of gladness (see Hebrews 1:9).
I have always wondered about the parable of the ten virgins in Matthew 25. What did the five wise ones do so they had extra oil, and the five foolish ones not do that resulted in shortage? I think the explanation is “dedication.” When the Maccabeans took back the temple, of course they rededicated it to the Lord. After all, it was “His” temple and for His purposes. In the same way, we Christians—both individually and as a body—are the temple of the Holy Spirit. We read, “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?” (1 Cor. 6:19, emphasis added).
We are not our own! Therefore I must dedicate my entire life to Him! Jesus bought or redeemed us with His blood. He gave His life for us. This means I am to live my life for Him and not for myself. I am not to be self-absorbed, self-centered, or narcissistic. As Paul said, we are “bondservants” (Titus 1:1). Whining, complaining, and murmuring are not allowed. Always insisting on “my rights” is not allowed. Being peeved with people who cross me or insult me is not allowed. My life is for Him and I need to make that choice—daily, if necessary.
I believe this explains the difference between the five wise virgins (dedicated to the Lord) and the five foolish ones (living for themselves) in the parable of Matthew 25. The more I live my life centered on Jesus, and as I continually dedicate myself to Him (and not myself), I will find the Holy Spirit supplying me with an abundance of oil. And this oil is one of gladness. Hebrews 1:9 states, “You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions.”
Jesus was anointed with the oil of gladness because He loved what His Father loved, and hated self-centeredness or lawlessness. His life was totally dedicated to the Lord and thus it was so powerful. That is what He wants for each one of us. The key is to make sure your life is totally dedicated to Him.
May you be filled with the oil of gladness as you live your life dedicated to Him.
Thanks for praying,
Ron and Teddy
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The Tenth Hebrew Month of 5782, December 5, 2021–January 2, 2022
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Oil of Gladness—Apostolic Center. Sunday, Dec. 5, 20:30–21:30, English/Chinese.
Releasing Elijah’s Mantle—Prophetic Activation. Dec. 6 & 13, 20:30–22:00, English/Chinese. Registration required
Apostolic Center Training—Tuesdays, 8:30–10:00 p.m., English/Chinese. Registration required. Contact email@example.com to register.
Apostolic for Russia—Fridays, 7:00–8:00 p.m., English/Russian.
Morning Prophetic Prayer (MPP)—Mon.–Fri., 6:00–6:45 a.m., English/Japanese.
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