The LORD'S Anointed
Samuel also said unto Saul, The LORD sent me to anoint thee to be
king over his people, over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto the
voice of the words of the LORD. Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember
that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him
in the way, when he came up from Egypt. Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly
destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman,
infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass. And Saul gathered the
people together, and numbered them in Telaim, two hundred thousand footmen,
and ten thousand men of Judah. And Saul came to a city of Amalek, and laid
wait in the valley. And Saul said unto the Kenites, Go, depart, get you
down from among the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them: for ye shewed
kindness to all the children of Israel, when they came up out of Egypt.
So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites. And Saul smote the Amalekites
from Havilah until thou comest to Shur, that is over against
Egypt. And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed
all the people with the edge of the sword. But Saul and the people spared
Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings,
and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy
them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed
utterly. Then came the word of the LORD unto Samuel, saying, It repenteth
me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from
following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel;
and he cried unto the LORD all night. And when Samuel rose early to meet
Saul in the morning, it was told Samuel, saying, Saul came to Carmel, and,
behold, he set him up a place, and is gone about, and passed on, and gone
down to Gilgal. And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, Blessed
be thou of the LORD: I have performed the commandment of the LORD.
And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in
mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?
(1 Samuel 15:1-14)
And David arose, and came to the place where Saul had pitched: and David
beheld the place where Saul lay, and Abner the son of Ner, the captain
of his host: and Saul lay in the trench, and the people pitched round about
him. Then answered David and said to Ahimelech the Hittite, and to Abishai
the son of Zeruiah, brother to Joab, saying, Who will go down with me to
Saul to the camp? And Abishai said, I will go down with thee. So David
and Abishai came to the people by night: and, behold, Saul lay sleeping
within the trench, and his spear stuck in the ground at his bolster: but
Abner and the people lay round about him. Then said Abishai to David, God
hath delivered thine enemy into thine hand this day: now therefore let
me smite him, I pray thee, with the spear even to the earth at once, and
I will not smite him the second time. And David said to Abishai,
Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the LORD'S
anointed, and be guiltless? David said furthermore, As the LORD
liveth, the LORD shall smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he shall
descend into battle, and perish. The LORD forbid that I should stretch
forth mine hand against the LORD'S anointed: but, I pray thee, take thou
now the spear that is at his bolster, and the cruse of water, and
let us go.
(1 Samuel 26:5-11)
On the morrow, because he would have known the certainty wherefore he was
accused of the Jews, he loosed him from his bands, and commanded
the chief priests and all their council to appear, and brought Paul down,
and set him before them. And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said,
Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God
until this day. And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by
him to smite him on the mouth. Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite
thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law,
and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law? And they that stood
by said, Revilest thou God's high priest? Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren,
that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil
of the ruler of thy people.
(Acts 22:30 - 23:5)
Thou shalt not revile the gods, nor curse the ruler of thy people.
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power
but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore
resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist
shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good
works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that
which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister
of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid;
for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a
revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye
must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending
continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues: tribute
to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear;
honour to whom honour.
But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness,
and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they
are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.
(2 Peter 2:10)
Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion,
and speak evil of dignities.
In this turbulent time in the history of South Africa, where it is the
fashion in certain circles, including the press, to speak evil of the government
and ruling clique, let us be aware that speaking evil of rulers causes
division in the country, a division which could become bitter and eventually
result in civil war.
For example, in that fateful week in April 1994, when it became apparent
that the first fully representative election result had been rigged, many
of us in Pretoria, whose voting papers had been "lost", became angry. However,
the Lord the Holy Spirit used this opportunity to show me the following
The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices
of the people of none effect. The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever,
the thoughts of his heart to all generations. ¶ Blessed is
the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom
he hath chosen for his own inheritance.
You see, if God is real to you, you need have no fear.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit
the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness:
for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall
obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see
God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children
of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness'
sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy
laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me;
for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
In the light of that, let's look at the following scripture and be obedient
to it, because in this way we will minimise dissension and may even cause
our nation to be blessed:
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions,
and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for
all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life
in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in
the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to
come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and
one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself
a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
(1 Timothy 2:1-6)