Will you raise your hand against the Lord’s Annointed?

Posted: July 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

there is a very interesting story in I Samuel 24. David is fleeing from King Saul who has sworn to kill him. You may remember that Saul had disobeyed God’s command, and God had told the prophet Samuel to anoint David to be Saul’s replacement. But David is on the run, and he is hiding in a cave with some of his men. Saul has been in battle and happens upon this cave which he goes inside to “use the facilities” so to speak. The Bible says, “to relieve himself.’ David’s men prompt him. “God has delivered your enemy into your hands. Kill him. This is your chance.” But David refuses. In fact, David says, “I will not lift my hand against God’s anointed.” David knew that God had made Saul King. He also knew he as to be Saul’s replacement. And he knew this would be an excellent opportunity to keep Saul from killing him.

But David knew that God didn’t need his help to remove Saul. He was perfectly willing to let God do what only God should do. I have thought about that passage a lot lately. It seems that there is an epidemic of “pastors resigning”. I put it in quote because that is how it is played out, but behind the scenes are power moves by people who urge them to go. Suddenly there are men who treat the pastor as a “hireling” that has been employed, rather than a man of God who has been called.

A friend had this happen just last Sunday. There was no immorality. There was no financial indiscretion. There was not heretical teaching. The church was making progress. But a handful of men took it upon themselves to do what they thought in their best interest. I could name four or five more that experienced the same thing in the last 12 months, and that is just people I know well. I have no idea off the top of my head what the numbers may be nationally. But I ask, “Where is the hand of God in this?” How can a few determine that they know what is best?

Certainly it is not new. Religious people have killed God’s prophets down through the ages. It was a religious crowd that cried out for the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus. Are we willing to settle for a church that is ultimately going to be devoid of God’s power? Think about it: Why would God bother to show up and do something in a place that does not think they need God? After all, they think they can do the Lord’s work themselves. I hope this generates some conversation.

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