Friday, June 12, 2015

Are You Anointed?

1 Samuel 10:1-8
10 Then Samuel took a flask of olive oil and poured it on Saul’s head and kissed him, saying, “Has not the Lord anointed you ruler over his inheritance?[a] 2 When you leave me today, you will meet two men near Rachel’s tomb, at Zelzah on the border of Benjamin. They will say to you, ‘The donkeys you set out to look for have been found. And now your father has stopped thinking about them and is worried about you. He is asking, “What shall I do about my son?”’

3 “Then you will go on from there until you reach the great tree of Tabor. Three men going up to worship God at Bethel will meet you there. One will be carrying three young goats, another three loaves of bread, and another a skin of wine. 4 They will greet you and offer you two loaves of bread, which you will accept from them.

5 “After that you will go to Gibeah of God, where there is a Philistine outpost. As you approach the town, you will meet a procession of prophets coming down from the high place with lyres, timbrels, pipes and harps being played before them, and they will be prophesying. 6 The Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person. 7 Once these signs are fulfilled, do whatever your hand finds to do, for God is with you.

8 “Go down ahead of me to Gilgal. I will surely come down to you to sacrifice burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, but you must wait seven days until I come to you and tell you what you are to do.”

Everything is set up for the new King of Israel, King Saul. And we see many similarities when another King will come to Israel, whose reign will last forever. Samuel anoints Saul with oil, which was a sign or symbol of the anointing of the Holy Spirit. There are other signs which confirm this, such as the two donkeys, the three men with goats, bread and wine, and finally the procession of prophets who start a virtual parade for the new king. Then, the Holy Spirit would finalize the anointing, and change him into a new person and he would start prophesying.

In the New Testament, Jesus tells the disciples to wait in Jerusalem, where they will receive the promised Holy Spirit. In the Old Testament the Holy Spirit was given to specific people, like King Saul, for a specific purpose. King Saul is anointed by Samuel, and then Samuel tells him to wait for seven days until he will reunite with him. This will be a test of Saul's obedience as a young king.

When Jesus comes on the scene, it is interesting that the word "Messiah" means "Anointed One". Jesus would be announced by John the Baptist, a voice calling from the desert announcing the coming kingdom. In a similar way, Jesus told men to go to a place where a donkey would be waiting for him. Jesus came riding on a donkey, a symbol of his humility, not the power of a war horse that traditionally new kings came riding on. And finally, when Jesus was baptized by John, the Holy Spirit descended on him like a dove, signaling the beginning of his public ministry.

So we see King Saul was a foreshadowing of the King of kings, and The Lord of lords. We sometimes forget Jesus' role as a King. Jesus came in humility on a donkey, but He promised He will come again in great and promised glory. Jesus inaugurated a kingdom, and then sent the Holy Spirit to the disciples so they could expand God's kingdom through the church. God gave the church prophets and other gifted individuals to announce, preach and teach how we can participate in the coming kingdom until Jesus comes back.

So here are a few questions for you? If Jesus is your king and Lord, is He on the throne of your life? Do you serve him or someone or something else? Are you using the anointing you have been given when you came to believe, and were baptized with water and the Holy Spirit? In that baptismal service we take oil and anoint the person being baptized saying, "you were marked with the cross of Christ and sealed by the Holy Spirit forever!" At that time you were given a spiritual gift to help the church fulfill the Great Commission. Everything was set up for the first King of Israel,
King Saul. And everything has been set up for you to use your gifts to build God's kingdom until Jesus comes to finalize the process and we will dwell in the Father's house forever.

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