The Anointing vs. Grace

 

The anointing of God is a mystery which first surfaces in the Old Testament.Men like Elijah, Moses, Levi and Samson are renowned for abiding in the anointing of God.David was anointed King of Israel by Samuel the prophet.The anointing in the Old Testament symbolized Gods favor and strength.In the New Testament if a man was anointed he was considered to be ďfilled with the Spirit.ĒThere are also sporadic verses in the New Testament that mention the anointing of God directly (2 Corinthians 1:21; 1 John 2:20,27). It is my purpose in this interpretation to demonstrate that the anointing of God resting upon a man my not be as profound or should not be as respected as one might think.I want to emphasize that it is Godís grace, separate from any participation from man, that deserves the credit for the overall victory.††††††

 

In the book of judges there is a man named Samson.He was a Nazarite from his motherís womb.Samson had supernatural strength which was a characteristic of the Spirit of God resting upon him (The Anointing).

 

Judges 13:7, 24-25

 

ÖBehold, thou shalt conceive, and bare a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat any unclean thing: for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the day of his death.

 

And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew, and the Lord blessed him.And the spirit of the Lord began to move him at times in the camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.

 

Samson was blessed of God and was even called from his motherís womb.Like John the Baptist in the New Testament, he was full of the Spirit and anointed of God.

 

These verses below refer to John the Baptist.

 

Luke 1:15,17;80

 

For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine or strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mothers wombÖAnd he shall go before him (The Lord) in the spirit and power of EliasÖ

 

And the child grew, and waxed strong in the spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Isreal.

 

Both Samson and John the Baptist were called and anointed of God from their motherís womb.These two men symbolize a special calling and a predestined purpose appointed by God.They symbolize a special calling or anointing of God.

 

The verses below refer to Samson.

 

Judges 14:6, 19; 15:14

 

And the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and he rent him as he would have rent a kid, and he had nothing in his handÖ

 

And the spirit of the Lord came upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon and slew thirty men of them, and took their spoil, and gave changes of garments unto them which expounded the riddleÖ

 

And when he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him: and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and the cords that were upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands.

 

In the above examples the Spirit of the Lord coming upon Samson resulted in supernatural strength.The Spirit of God, or the anointing of God, gave Samson the strength to overcome his enemies.

 

Judges 16: 20

 

And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson.And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself.And he wist not that the Lord was departed form him.

 

The Lord had departed from Samson.Samson told Delilah, the woman he lusted for, that his supernatural strength came as a result of him being a Nazarite from his motherís womb.He told her that if his hair were to be shaved off then he would loose his strength and would become as weak as any other man.It happened.

 

Judges 16:21, 28-30

 

But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison house.

 

And Samson called unto the Lord, and said, O Lord God, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house stood, and on which it was borne up, of the one with his right hand, and of the other with his left.And Samson said, let me die with the Philistines.And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the Lords, and upon all the people that were therein.So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life.††††

 

All of Samsonís life he was called of God.He was anointed of God.Godís favor rested upon him.Samson represented a man who had the special anointing of God, something today the Church, as well as people everywhere, respect very much.

 

In the text it says in Samsonís death he slew more than he ever did during his lifetime.All Samsonís life he was anointed of God and God used him to bring Israel deliverance from the Philistines.At one time Samson even killed a thousand Philistines at once (Judges 15:15).Yet, at his death he killed more than he ever did in his anointed life.Why?Why would God put this in the text for us to learn from?Because God is foreshadowing His Grace overshadowing the service of man through the anointing.

 

Before Samson dies he calls to God in prayer to remember him and to strengthen him one more time, even though he knew he had erred (Psalm 19:12) by revealing where his special strength came from.This was a prayer of repentance.This was a prayer of repentance which resulted in God forgiving Samson and honoring him one more time.This example is Godís grace in Samsonís life directly overshadowing Godís calling of Samson as a Nazarite.Godís grace was stronger than Godís callingÖ shown by the repentant prayer resulting in more deaths of the Philistines than Samson ever accomplished during his anointed life as a Nazarite.

 

This interpretation is important because of its focus.The anointing of God and the calling of God are sure (Romans: 11:29), I am not belittling this.I am worried that our focus today is too much on the special calling of God rather than on the strength of repentance.We need to remember that it is God who justifies.We are vessels of His grace.If Samsonís repentant prayer yielded a bigger victory than his anointed life, then I need to say that the repentant prayer of a broken human being is more powerful or sure than any calling.We need to put the emphasis back on the strength of God.The anointing and calling of God is sure and necessary, but the strength that comes from brokenness and repentance is a higher level of Godís grace at work.It is my prayer that the psychoanalysis of this interpretation doesnít run to deep.I am not after Godís power.I am after Godís truth.I want the Church to put its focus back on what is important.If an anointed man is anointed of God then so be it.But we need to put the emphasis back on prayer and repentance so that the anointed men will have something else besides an anointing (fruits mostly).Samson had an anointing and it eventually brought him to his knees with both his eyes gouged out.The anointed men need to remember and focus on the grace of God, not on His calling on their lives; and they need to remember to help others to focus on that grace and not on the petty things of the anointing.The focus needs to remain on the grace of God, not on manís calling or anointing.If we can understand this, we will have greater victories in the body of Christ.