Excerpt from Enjoying Exodus: The Bible in Rhyme by Marcia Goldlist

Moses was told to take anointment oil and put it on Aaron’s head before he performed his sacred duty. 

Discussion Questions:

  • What exactly is oil? Where does it come from?
  • What does it mean to anoint someone?
  • What would have been the purpose of the anointment?
  • Do you think that you would feel special being anointed by oil? Explain.

Creative Thinking:

  • Why do you think that God chose oil for anointing people?
  • What do you think is the difference between a ceremony using water and one using oil?
  • What do you think is the significance of the oil being poured over the head?

Activities for Homeschooling and Afterschooling:

  • Research oil. From what can we make oil? What were its uses throughout history?
  • Research who was anointed with oil and the reasons given for its use.
  • Write a journal entry for a priest who was just anointed with oil.
  • Make some oil. Write down the steps that you took to make it.
  • Take different types of oil and pour them into different containers. Mark each oil so that only you know which is which. Ask someone to touch, smell, taste, and feel the various oils. See if they can tell the difference between them.
  •  Make a diagram of how oil was made in ancient times and one for how it is made today.
  • Make up a song or poem about oil.
  • What are the health benefits and hazards to our health of eating oil. Make a chart with at least three different kinds of oil.