October 16, 2020
Not Against God’s Anointed
1 Samuel 26:22-24 (KJV) And David answered and said, Behold the king’s spear! and let one of the young men come over and fetch it. The LORD render to every man his righteousness and his faithfulness: for the LORD delivered thee into my hand to day, but I would not stretch forth mine hand against the LORD’S anointed. And, behold, as thy life was much set by this day in mine eyes, so let my life be much set by in the eyes of the LORD, and let him deliver me out of all tribulation.
David was not willing to come against King Saul. Why? Because He knew that God had placed Saul in the position of King. Going against Saul was akin to going against the will and the work of God. I hope you understand what going against God in this fashion means.
Fasttrack your mind to the New Testament and the Kingship of Jesus Christ. The knowledge of His innocence did not stop Pilate from stretching forth his hand against Jesus. Not only did he physically harm Jesus, but Pilate also allowed others to persecute him. In the end, Pilate attempted to wash his hands of the situation, but his attempt to remove his guilt before God was not possible. Why, because Pilate is guilty before God, and it is not possible to remove oneself from the consequences of choosing to sin. Though Pilate knew it was wrong, he chose to go against God’s anointed, Jesus Christ.
Sadly, there are many lost and wayward souls today that choose to go against God. Just like Pilate, many souls attempt to wash their hands of personal sin before God and to plead the case for their innocence. Still, God is not fooled into believing such blatant lies because He knows the inner state of every heart and the underlying reasons for our chosen actions and words towards others.
Yes, God knows all. He knew that David stepped back from harming Saul because Saul occupied an earthly rule at the hand of God upon his life. God also knew Pilate chose to flog Jesus, despite inwardly recognizing His innocence. With these ancient biblical examples, we know that one man decided to honor God and keep his hands off His chosen, while the other wanted to cause harm despite perceiving Jesus Christ carried no guilt before God. We must each ask ourselves what God knows about the state of our heart, our outward actions towards others, and especially how we elect to treat chosen servants of God.
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