Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.
Psalm 105:15 (King James Version)
Now mind you, this passage serves as a “warning” issued by clergy to those who would attack them (usually verbally). It tells us that any attack upon the “anointed” would follow with some Divine retribution. This probably has been quoted by clergy who were being criticized legitimately. Lord knows I’ve heard this as well. If I recall correctly, I think I heard a well-known televangelist quote this.
Well before you get unnerved for handing a member of the clergy some harsh truths, let’s take a look at the above Scripture in context:
11 Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance:
12 When they were but a few men in number; yea, very few, and strangers in it.
13 When they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people;
14 He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes;
15 Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.
16 Moreover he called for a famine upon the land: he brake the whole staff of bread.
Seem even in a partially larger context, Psalm 105 speaks of God’s goodness to Israel-from His/Her covenant with Abraham up to the settlement in Canaan. As you can tell from the snippet above, it dealt with the Israelites and their prophets; which were God’s “anointed”. This verse does not apply to whinny and wimpy pastors/prophets/bishops/overseers in the 21st Century.
Even if some wimpy clergyperson whips out passages from 1/2 Samuel speaking about the “Lord’s anointed,” that also does not apply to them. The passages in those two books refer to King Saul and King David; again not to 21st Century clergy.
I’m not say to disrespect your clergy if they’re trying to exemplify Christ-no way. However, many of these preachers who deserved their attack (usually due to some un-Christlike behavior) can’t use the above Scripture as some talisman to scare off others. If a clergyperson is wrong, they’re wrong, and they need to man/woman-up about it. For anyone to use this, it’s immature, selfish, and perverts Scripture.
This has been on my heart for some time, and I wanted to give a fact check for the faithful in dealing with un-Christlike clergy. If your clergy is wrong and uses the above Scripture to scare you off, ignore them. More than likely such tactics will backfire on them in the end.
Just a lil’ something to think on . Peace!