There was a teaching, about 20 or 25 years ago. I’m not sure where it came from, but it was about “Touching God’s anointed.” I personally heard the teaching, in church, but I did not ever study the passage it was based on, until years later.
King David, was to replace King Saul, in the Old Testament. Without sharing pages of bible scripture here, I will summarize, that Saul did a lot of bad things to David, prior to David becoming the new King, of Israel.
At one point, David’s own mean pleaded with him, just to get rid of Saul. Specifically, they wanted him to just kill him, as Saul was trying to kill him, so wasn’t it justified? At this point, David said he would not “touch God’s anointed.”
This teaching was never meant to negate the passage in Ephesians, where we are told to have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather, expose them.
Saul was certainly exposed. It was known to all, what kind of man he had become. While he still retained his king status (for quite a while) and gave David a lot of grief in the process, even driving him almost to the brink of insanity, David would not kill him.
I just wanted to expose the fact, that there are some teachings (which were taught in church) through the years, that are not a true revelation from the Holy Spirit. There are also teachings, which were meant for just one person, and not for everyone in the group. I do not go around teaching, that every child of God having marital problems, should get divorced.
Likewise, it should not be taught that someone should always submit to a bad leader (who is not following Jesus) Just because the bible says “submit to your leaders.”. We have to understand who is a true leader in Christ, and who isn’t. To teach a woman to go home and submit (to someone who is crazy, or abusive) is irresponsible as well.
Pat answers, such as “God hates divorce,” “Obey your leaders,” “Wives, submit to your husbands,” and even passages such as “Love bears all things,” are not the right word, for the right time, for some people, at that time. Only the Holy Spirit can teach us to properly apply a scripture at the right time, to the right person, and for the right reasons. I hear these passages a lot, but not “slaves obey your masters,” which is also in the bible. Why is that, I wonder? I do know the answer.
It was advisable, (at one time) When slavery was still in effect, for them to submit to or obey their masters. If they did not, things might not go well for them. When It came time for the slaves to go free (and many fought to the death for this freedom) The passage no longer applied, as it was time for “The captives to be set free.”
It’s not touching God’s anointed, to expose lies, or things that are not true. When a wife, child, or spouse, exposes something evil (going on in their home) they may just be obeying the word of God, found in Ephesians.
Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them
Many years ago (almost 14 now) Tim and I were in a small town in Idaho, and we saw this house. It was empty, and had been standing empty for quite a few years.
“Let’s look!” He said, so we went and looked through this house. It used to be grand, we could tell. I remember how he said “Look at the wood work!” On the inside, beautiful wood work, a large and beautiful stair case (going to the upper rooms) and just stately, grand, high ceilings, lovely window frames, the house (used to be) exquisite. The windows were broken, the rain was getting in, and the house had been battered by many storms. Me, being the deep thinker that I am, said “That house is us!” Tim looked at me a little startled, and I said again “Don’t you see, this house is us!” We stood outside this house, and we prayed. “Dear Father I said” (tears in my eyes) This house reminds me of us! “RESTORE US” I prayed, and let us minister to others who need restored someday. IN Jesus’ name, amen” Tim said, “Amen” and, being the practical person he is, wanted to find out if the house was for sale.
“We could restore this,” He said. He began to tell me what needed to happen, and that we could do it! The Price was $40,000, and we didn’t have the funds. No bank was going to loan us money, our financial reputation had been compromised.
So we prayed for the house (that reminded us of us). And life’s journey continued on. Many prayers after this, as we moved on, and eventually wound up in Montana, managing a motel together.
You’ve read in the bible right? In Matthew where Jesus said the storms came, and great was the fall of the house? We were teetering on the verge of falling away……
Well in this case, this old house was abandoned, nobody wanted to buy it. This means: nobody wanted it! (How sad!). Thankfully, GOD ALWAYS WANTS US and he gave us his spirit as a down payment (on this old house, called us) and promised to pay the whole deed price! He sees the price (of you) and he paid it all! And he will fix you up too! and restore you to your former glory! (and then some). Thank you Father for that old house so long ago, that reminded me of the Price you Paid (to restore me). Halleluiah!
Laura Grace Author Grace to the Rescue, Grace to Grow, Grace to Soar and more……