Handling a misled anointed one
I Samuel 24:7
So David stayed his servants with these words, and suffered them not to rise against Saul. But Saul rose up out of the cave, and went on his way.
Being anointed does not necessary mean a person is totally led by the Lord (Holy Spirit). We need to understand the word anointed means commissioned or enabled to a mission or task.
In the books of Moses and Prophets things are clearer but when it comes to the New Testament it get a little confusing. Since people do not have understanding what anointing means they anoint (apply or massage) people with oil.
In the New Testament there are 3 Greek words translated as anoint, 1 refer to ointment, one to lifestyle and one to massage. Also in James the oil specified for anointing the sick is olive oil. That does not mean we need to use olive oil and not any other oil for anointing. We need to understand what olive tree represents in scriptures and what its oil represents.
The only tree that represents God's people in the Bible is the olive tree (the fig is misunderstood to be God's people). Oil of the olive represents the testimony of its people. When we anoint a sick person we are called to share our testimonies to enable or encourage a person. Applying oil becomes a ritual if the encouraging is not done, and if encouraging is done applying oil is not a necessity. Like laying of hands is not necessary to heal, but the contact encourages the person weak in faith to be encouraged in faith and be healed.
David was a Man of God and he knew that the Spirit of God was no longer on Saul and that is the reason he was selected to be king. Yet we see David calling Saul an anointed of the Lord.
We know from scriptures King Saul had a mission in the Lord and the testimony of Saul is one of the great testimonies I share with people of how God can save anyone even at the last minute. That is why Paul says never to judge anyone. He did not say not to discern the good and bad people do, but never to judge the destiny of any person. Meaning never think a person will not be saved or will go to Heaven unless the Spirit of God tells us. We cannot ever know a person will turn to the Lord or turn away from the Lord. That is why Paul said work for our salvation with fear and trembling. It does not mean doing good works but means working on keeping our faith in the Lord.
We read David goes to the extent to call Saul his father in verse 11. It did not mean father as we know or even a spiritual father but the Hebrew word means family.
As I have put before we who are of the Lord are one big family. There is no earthly relationship between us in Heaven but we all will be brethren and everything of ours will be the Lord God. In the Old Testament not all were anointed with a mission but in the New Testament every Believer and Disciple of Jesus Christ is a person with a mission therefore all of the Lord's are anointed.
We are called to respect everyone who is anointed, that does not mean we do not correct them when they go astray. David did pursue Saul but did not lay his hands on him. We see David tried to wake up Saul therefore cut the hem of his robe.
For a Jew the hem of the robe was of great importance. We read in the book of Numbers the Lord had instructed His people to make fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue. This was not to cause a ritual or fashion but had an understanding and that is why the woman with the issue of blood or the other people having knowledge of it tried to touch the hem of Jesus's robe. This does not mean we need to follow this tradition or ritual of wearing clothes with hems of blue band, but we need to know what we as Christian are called to be.
We all need to deal with mislead Christians like David dealt with Saul. Whatever we do should not be directed to harm them in anyway but should be only to warn them, wake up their spirit and bring them to senses.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You have warned we will be questioned for the blood of every soul we cause to fall. Lord, help us when we handle your anointed ones that we do not do anything in the flesh but be led by your Spirit to bring them that are astray to your path...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference ]
I Samuel 24:7-12
7 So David stayed his servants with these words, and suffered them not to rise against Saul. But Saul rose up out of the cave, and went on his way.
8 David also arose afterward, and went out of the cave, and cried after Saul, saying, My lord the king. And when Saul looked behind him, David stooped with his face to the earth, and bowed himself.
9 And David said to Saul, Wherefore hearest thou men's words, saying, Behold, David seeketh thy hurt?
10 Behold, this day thine eyes have seen how that the LORD had delivered thee to day into mine hand in the cave: and some bade me kill thee: but mine eye spared thee; and I said, I will not put forth mine hand against my lord; for he is the LORD'S anointed.
11 Moreover, my father, see, yea, see the skirt of thy robe in my hand: for in that I cut off the skirt of thy robe, and killed thee not, know thou and see that there is neither evil nor transgression in mine hand, and I have not sinned against thee; yet thou huntest my soul to take it.
12 The LORD judge between me and thee, and the LORD avenge me of thee: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.
Numbers 15:38 - Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue:
Matthew 9:20 - And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:
Matthew 14:36 - And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.
James 5:14 - Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
1 John 2:27 - But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
Jeremiah 22:17 - But thine eyes and thine heart are not but for thy covetousness, and for to shed innocent blood, and for oppression, and for violence, to do it.
Jeremiah 26:15 - But know ye for certain, that if ye put me to death, ye shall surely bring innocent blood upon yourselves, and upon this city, and upon the inhabitants thereof: for of a truth the LORD hath sent me unto you to speak all these words in your ears.
Joel 3:19 - Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land.
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