September 29, 2020
Touching God’s Anointed
1 Samuel 22:17-18 (KJV) And the king said unto the footmen that stood about him, Turn, and slay the priests of the LORD; because their hand also is with David, and because they knew when he fled, and did not shew it to me. But the servants of the king would not put forth their hand to fall upon the priests of the LORD. And the king said to Doeg, Turn thou, and fall upon the priests. And Doeg the Edomite turned, and he fell upon the priests, and slew on that day fourscore and five persons that did wear a linen ephod.
King Saul turned to his henchmen, or common foot soldiers, and ordered them to slay the priests because they stood with David. However, these men were afraid to lay a hand on them, for God anointed them. This refusal proves that even these men knew about God and dared not to touch His chosen men.
The same was not true of Doeg, who, when asked by King Saul, forged straight ahead to take care of the King’s business. These verses tell us that Doeg slew fourscore and five persons at the order of Saul without hesitation or second thought.
These soldiers understood that they did not dare to touch God’s anointed. However, a man named Doeg had no fear of God at work in his life and stepped forward to take care of King Saul’s orders without question killing many priests that day.
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