Study to show thyself – “Touch not Mine anointed”

Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

Jesus spoke these famous words in the book of Mathew 5:15. In as much as we know that Jesus was referring to our Christian lives, another application of this scripture crossed my mind – do not misuse things but use them in the way they were intended. For instance, using a TV as a chair is most certainly misuse.

In our everyday life, we are very careful about use and abuse of things that we own, most especially when we pay good money to get them. A lot of us dutifully read the manuals that come with our gadgets in order to get the best out of them but when it comes to spiritual things it is a different story altogether. Most of us are guilty of rampant misuse and abuse of scripture! This has become the norm in Christendom that people have come to accept a lot of warped views of scripture as authentic.

A very good example is “touch not mine anointed”. A so-called man of God is going off the rails preaching questionable doctrines, if you dare point this out you are silenced with this verse. A man of God is caught in a compromising position and he uses this phrase to wrangle his way out of accounting for his misdemeanour. Is this scripture being properly applied? Does its use in scripture marry up with the way we apply it now? Let’s look in scripture to find out.

O ye seed of Israel his servant, ye children of Jacob, his chosen ones. He [is] the LORD our God; his judgments [are] in all the earth. Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word [which] he commanded to a thousand generations; [Even of the covenant] which he made with Abraham, and of his oath unto Isaac; And hath confirmed the same to Jacob for a law, [and] to Israel [for] an everlasting covenant, Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance; When ye were but few, even a few, and strangers in it. And [when] they went from nation to nation, and from [one] kingdom to another people; He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes, [Saying], Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm. 1 Chron 16: 13 – 22

In the above scripture, David was bringing the ark into Jerusalem. And while doing this, he took a trip down memory lane remembering the humble beginnings of the nation of Israel and he used the “touch not mine anointed” verse to refer to the ENTIRE nation of Israel and not to a selected few who believed they were beyond reproach.

Every believer in this new dispensation is the Lord’s anointed. We are told in scripture that we are a chosen generation and a royal priesthood in the book of 1 Peter. The book of Revelation further leans weight to this by saying that we are a kingdom of kings and priests. So why then would some individuals equate themselves with God and believe that saying they are wrong makes God angry? This trend is certainly not biblical.

Once a thing is not put to proper use, it most certainly would be abused. Once a scripture is not properly applied, we will never get any benefit out of it.

No human being is beyond reproach.

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