2 Samuel 5:1-3
“Three marks of God’s anointing”
In Deut. 17:14-20 prior to Israel having a king God knew that one day they would follow after the nations of the world so He gave Moses specific qualifications for Israel’s kings and the most important one is given us in verse 15 where He says that the king over them should be one “whom the LORD your God chooses”. Now you think that ought to be an obvious thing but it wasn’t. Through out the books of 1st Samuel and 2nd Samuel we see Saul had been the people’s choice and even after his obvious failure, Samuel was still evaluating Jesse’s sons on outward appearance where the Lord was looking at the heart. It seems to me that most people tend to look for those who stand head and shoulders above other men but God wanted a shepherd boy who he would equip to lead the people, not rule over them. 2 Samuel chapter 5 verses 1-3 give us three marks or God’s anointing upon whom He has chosen. In first Chron. 12:23-40 we are given, “the numbers of the divisions that were equipped for war, and came to David at Hebron to turn over the kingdom of Saul to him, according to the word of the LORD”, over three hundred forty thousand men of war came untied to see David become their king. All of this happens as representatives from the varying tribes come to David but it took five years for the nation to realize that they needed to heed God’s clear choice. Based upon the words in these three verses the nation of Israel recognized David as king for three reasons. These three characteristics still ought to be visible marks of God’s appointment to lead:
- 1 “Indeed we are your bone and your flesh”: Belonged to God and His people. They need to be united to God’s people in heritage and heart! A person who is ruled by God themselves and has a deep seated love for God’s people, a person who first loves God and second loves His people.
- 2a “In time past, when Saul was king over us, you were the one who led Israel out and brought them in”: Demonstrated the capability to lead. Even though Saul was the king, David continued to demonstrate his willingness to lay down his life for the people; he did not sit upon a throne in some far off land, he was out in front of the people leading them always putting their needs before his own.
- 2b “The LORD said to you, ‘You shall shepherd My people Israel, and be ruler over Israel”: A clear and evident call from God. There was an obvious calling and anointing upon David to be king to which time and circumstances bore witness of that truth.
Hey, saint there are those today placed over God’s people who are nothing more then hirelings out to fleece the flock of God for their own egos, who say “I’m called to pastor”, yet when the best interest of the sheep comes into play they continue to demonstrate that the flock is there to meet their needs instead of them being there to meet the needs of God’s people. Perhaps God’s people would be better served if they looked not to seminaries as the qualifying marks but rather these things listed before us.