Thanks. Thank you. Yes, this is the meaning of the text: stress is put on the prayer of faith, as the sermon correctly explains. For my part, I understand here the oil as a medicine of the day.
Rev. Stephen Hamilton (2/4/2013)
from Allentown, Pennsylvania
Explanation I am sorry if there was confusion. The point being made here is this: whether one accepts that the oil is medicinal (even in everyday cases apart from the case in view here)or merely symbolic (a type of the Spirit)the important aspect is the prayer of faith. The anointing or rubbing with oil will not heal anyone, in THIS instance - i.e. someone who is so sick as to be beyond the help of medicine alone. Prayer is the key, both here and in the Old Testament case of Hezekiah. Hezekiah too would NOT have recovered unless effectual prayer had been offered for him, and by him. Whether you believe it is medicinal oil of olive or merely a symbolic oil, only the "prayer of faith shall save (heal) the sick".
Florin Motiu (1/9/2013)
from Oradea, Romania
Great study. This was a useful teaching. Explains very well these verses. Careful exegesis. Only one thing creates a little confusion. In the other sermon (part 1) it said that this case is so serious that no doctor or medicine helps. Now it said that the elders can use oil as a medicine (one of the 2 interpretation regarding the use of oil).