Touching Not the Lord’s Anointed (1 Samuel 24)
Have you ever been blessed and then notice that all the world, including those that you thought of as friends are against you? When you try to rest, you have to hurry up and leave, because those that you have done nothing wrong to, with the exception of being blessed by the Almighty GOD, are trying to take your very life.
Such was the life of David, the King of Israel, but even before he became king over the LORD’S people! Saul, the current king of Israel, had just come back from a campaign against the Philistines and upon his return, he was told that David, his enemy, was hiding in the Wilderness of En-gedi. Without resting he pursues David, because he wanted to ensure that his lineage was secure. The only problem with this rationale, is that he had already been rejected by the Lord when he remained disobedient and wanted to please the people, more than GOD Himself!
Read 1 Samuel 15;
Because of this he was jealous, years before the people sang, “Saul has slain thousands, but David has slain tens of thousands”! You along with me, maybe has or had a mentor to you that was anointed and blessed by the LORD! But from whatever falling away or iniquity the LORD rejects them or moves them out of the way and places in you, His will. Everybody can recognize it but themselves, and when the spirit of the people sees it and begin to laud you, they began to watch you closely. They may refuse to let you sing a solo, preach at a service, bad mouth you with condescending words to discourage you and convince you of something that they believe, you are always failing in, and much more! Never the less you continue to drive on, you comfort them with the harp, even though they continue to throw a javelin (spear) in your direction in fear of you taking their spot!
But they are the anointed of GOD, and you cannot touch them, without breaking the law of GOD (Psalms 105:15). But remember the LORD has already spoken that you have a heart after His own heart, and you must be on display of this. So, David, was set up on the inner most sides of the cave, where the enemy of his life was resting his feet, Saul! The men saw this, and they came and told David, the LORD has delivered your enemy into your hands as the LORD has said! David, takes the bait, from his accomplices for a minute and sneaks up on Saul and cuts the corner of his robe’s skirt off. David was immediately saddened in his heart! He knew better that, Saul, even in his mess, until the day of his death, was the LORD’s anointed in the earth and we should not touch them, to do them harm.
David, repented and calls out, disclosing what he has done to the king, and shows his argument of the lies that were told Saul of the torturing spirit that the LORD had sent to Saul! Just like us we have had a chance to shame the people or person that has done this wrong to us, but we follow and obey the LORD’s commandments and not listen to this revengeful and stinky flesh.
This reminds of the passage of scripture, where the Lord JESUS is rebuked by Peter, when speaking of His death to the disciples. In fear speaks to him, rebuking Him, saying not so Lord! You will live and be king, and no death shall come. Peter feared himself losing the position of head of the church, after all the Lord had given him the keys to the kingdom of heaven! But just like JESUS rebuked the enemy and told him that he was only mindful of the things of man, but not of GOD, so get to the back, so did David, and repented from even touching the hem of Saul’s robe and cutting it off.
So, when you have the mindset to hurt someone that is anointed, but they have hurt you and did all manner of evil, being prompted of the devil, to do so, hearken to the voice of the Lord and repent. After all you are anointed to, not just the bishop, apostle, prophet, pastor, or teacher, but anyone on whom the SPIRIT of GOD has come. This anointing was for Israel, not just Moses, both had to give due respect to each other. If we as leaders treat those that are appointed to follow us for a season wrong, then the LORD will require recompense of us in leadership!
If you continue to read the books of Samuel, even the 24 chapter of 1st Samuel, you will see that Saul, finally expresses the real truth behind his pursuit and asked David to let his seed not be cut off after he has died. Later, Jonathan, the son of Saul, would have been the next king, was killed along with Saul in a battle with the Philistines.
But David was spared and did not touch the LORD’s anointed!
1 Samuel 18
1 Samuel 24
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