024003 Finding God in the mysteries of every day-Free Devotional
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1 Samuel 26: 22 And David answered and said, “Here is the king’s spear. Let one of the young men come over and get it. 23 May the Lord repay every man for his righteousness and his faithfulness; for the Lord delivered you into my hand today, but I would not stretch out my hand against the Lord’s anointed. 24 And indeed, as your life was valued much this day in my eyes, so let my life be valued much in the eyes of the Lord, and let Him deliver me out of all tribulation.”
If you were to read the entire chapter from the text above, and you were to understand the context in its entirety you might then understand when you hear in modern day expressions “touch not the anointed of God”. I first heard this expression uttered by a district superintendent in the church I am a part of when I was ordained as a minister. I have seen the outworking of this when in deference to my office I was accorded courtesy and access to many places laypeople are not allowed entry. Prisons and hospitals and people’s homes were open to me as were several civic meetings. So what? You might well ask that question. In this country, the USA, we are still to some extent hidebound by the view that somehow clergy were something special and should be accorded these courtesies. While they did make my work easier, they did little to further the Lord’s agenda. I guess you take what you can get. Truth be known the privileges accorded to clergy are a convention of man, For the most part they are harmless on the face of it, but they can induce an ego-centric view of self if taken too far.