In the Hebrew bible, we find prophets, priests, and kings anointed into lives of service. All four gospels tell about a woman anointing Jesus a few days before he died; I especially love that according to St. John, that woman was Mary of Bethany, one of the sisters of Lazarus Jesus raised from death.
• Matthew 26:6-13
• Mark 14:3-9
• Luke 7:36-50
• John 12:1-8
I've illustrated the unforgettable words from Psalm 23 where God anoints each of us into lives of abundant service – into a royal, prophetic, priesthood, as we follow Jesus – while the entire psalm celebrates God's supply, provision, and care.