Touching the Anointing
So he departed from there, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he was with the twelfth. Then Elijah passed by him and threw his mantle on him. 20 And he left the oxen and ran after Elijah, and said, “Please let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you.” And he said to him, “Go back again, for what have I done to you?” 21 So Elisha turned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen and slaughtered them and boiled their flesh, using the oxen’s equipment, and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he arose and followed Elijah, and became his servant. 1 Kings 19:19-21 NKJV
. . . “And the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing” (Isa. 10:27). The yoke of sickness, oppression, poverty, problems etc. is defeated because of the anointing of God. When you touch the anointing or the anointing touches you, it is a life-changing experience. In the Old Testament, the anointing was the power and influence of the Holy Ghost that came upon the prophet, the priest, and the king. In the New Testament, all believers have all been “made kings and priests to God and Father” in Christ Jesus (Rev. 1:6), and are anointed with the Spirit of God.
The Prophet Elijah’s mantle was an outer garment, cloak, or robe that he wore. The mantle represents God’s anointing and authority, God’s righteousness, His presence and power. When you touch the anointing, the mantle moves you to run after the fulfilling the call of God on your life, and it moves everything out of your life that is not of God (Matt. 9:20-22).
Elijah’s mantle was thrown on Elisha as a sign that he would be Elijah’s successor. Elisha groped, i.e., felt, touched, and handle Elijah’s Mantle and later received a double Portion of Elijah’s anointing (2 Kings 2:8-14). Like Elisha, even after you feel the mantle on you, there is a season of delay and patience while you serve and wait for the full release of ministry. Elisha served Elijah for several years as a personal servant (2 Kings 3:11). Elijah’s mantle of anointing was not for Elisha’s adornment but for his employment, i.e.., do the works of God.
Touching the anointing (the mantle) necessitates feeling it by faith. There is no faith without feeling (see Heb. 11:6; Acts 17:27). God is never far from you (Psalm 139:7-8) if you feel for His anointing. Like the woman with the issue of blood who suffered an affliction for twelve years. At a total lost of her money and hope in physicians, she heard about the “mantle” on Jesus but realized that when it was unlawful for her to touch the body of Jesus (Lev. 15:19-32), But God was still not far from her. So she decided to just touch Jesus’ mantle which represented the anointing, authority, power, and presence of God. She touched the anointing (the hem of His garment, Matt. 9:20) and was made whole. There is no problem—big or small—that should stop you from touching the anointing—the mantle of God!