Where did Jacob procure this anointing oil? According to his own testimony, when he left the land of Canaan he had nothing with him except the staff in his hand (Genesis 32:10). The Midrash Rabbah explains that he received the anointing oil directly from heaven:
The oil was supplied to him from heaven in abundance, as though from a cruse full to the very top. (Genesis Rabbah 69:8)(FFOZ.org) (for more info see http://torahclub.ffoz.org/portions-library/core/vayetze/anointing-from-heaven.html)
In response to below:
What is the "The Midrash Rabbah"? Is that a Jewish traditional writing or something? A link to your source would be great.
My reply: "Midrash is an interpretive act, seeking the answers to religious questions (both practical and theological) by plumbing the meaning of the words of the Torah.
(In the Bible, the root d-r-sh is used to mean inquiring into any matter, including occasionally to seek out God’s word.) Midrash responds to contemporary problems and crafts new stories, making connections between new Jewish realities and "the unchanging biblical text." Please read the following link for more understanding of Misdrash (at least 10 or 11 helpful pages): http://www.myjewishlearning.com/texts/Rabbinics/Midrash/midrash_101.shtml
Jesus and Paul understood Midrash. Many would be surprised at how much Midrash style is in Paul's writings. Christianity knows little of it and is more into Reformed Theology which pretty much doesn't understand Midrash or our Jewish Heritage at all. Reformed Theology has led many astray simply because they are ignorant of our rich Jewish Heritage.
Midrash is a "story". Story is intentionally emphasized. This is not "God inspired" as meaning Holy Scriptures. It must be noted though that many of these ancient sages loved God with all their heart, soul & strength. They were disciples of Moses if you will much like the disciples of Yeshua. The ancient sages asked many questions about the original Jewish writings of Moses and the Prophets, which writings seemed to be designed to leave us hungry to desire to know more of the story. They yearned for more revelation about the text. God inspired the Holy Writings this way so we too would ask questions and yearn for more. The sages asked questions of themselves. Midrash is an avenue into the mind of the ancient sages. Midrash was finally "written" down around the 2nd century A.D., though it was "spoken" for many, many centuries before then.
Let me also say that I'm not saying that I whole-heartedly believe everything Midrash says. Midrash is very beneficial in making you explore more from the text and it may challenge some of your traditionally held beliefs. Be open to the Holy Spirit. Study more and more. Grow.
In response to Question #2 - Does this represent a Christian perspective? FFOZ.org goes to a Messianic Jewish website...
Answer: As it may come as a shock to many Christians (I am a Christian 30+ years) that the Christian Church (most but not all) have water-down and Christianized the Teachings of Jesus and Paul and removed much of it from its original Jewish setting. Various translations and time (1800 + years) have caused the Church to wander from its original Jewish Roots. The Church is guilty of identity theft - they have robbed Jesus (Yeshua) and Paul (Shaul) of their Jewishness. The Church (Gentile Believers within the church particularly) must study their Jewish roots back to the first apostles and their Jewishness and then interpret their writings in light of the 1st century and rabbinical texts of the time. This is what the Gentile believers did who poured into the church the first 50 - 100 years after the resurrection. This understanding was abandoned especially after Constantine led the Church to abandon our connection to our Jewish roots of Yeshua and also our understanding of Abraham our jewish father of the faith. What a great shame!
One last word, Messianic Jewishness is not perfect. Messianic Jews are Christians. Christianity is far from perfect also. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you the truth.
I hope this answers your questions. If you have more, please write back. I would love to hear from you.
I'm new to this website so I'm guessing I have to check back to see for updates. I don't know if I would get emails from this site if you would have more questions. I strongly encourage you all to study your Jewish roots and use caution toward those who discourage you of doing so. I'm a teacher and love to study the Scriptures. The last 6 years of my Christian walk have been tremendously enlightened since I began study the Jewishness of my faith in God. "Wow" pretty much sums it all up.
God's blessings to you all.