Authority, an interesting word, often misused and misunderstood.
Anointing has been a common practice since prehistoric times in many cultures, particularly in the Middle East, Egypt and Rome with different philosophical religious views and interpretations attached to it. The ritual, often performed using scented oils, served 3 main purposes: health, honour and consecration. Depending on the specific oils [...]
In the Old Testament, the ‘anointing’ is usually the action of the pouring out of oil upon the recipient, whether a priest or king, but this process is nowhere mentioned for a prophet. The only mention of an anointing for a prophet is as an instruction to the prophet Elijah [...]
We often explain the order of Melchizedek as a priestly, prophetic and kingly role as described in Gen 14:17-24, where Abraham returned after rescuing his nephew Lot.