Before we can fully understand the commandment to not touch God’s anointed, we must understand what the anointing of God is and how it operates. Many have a vague understanding of the anointing of God upon certain people. One of the more general ideas of what the anointing of the Holy Spirit is and how it operates is the way it presents itself through public speaking. Most define the anointing of God as a phenomenon that emanates a thrilling presentation with charisma. To some it is thought of as the way someone handles his voice with efficiency and pragmatic presentation. While this may be a small fraction of wisdom from the anointing, it is not even close to the depth of its significance. The anointing by God upon someone’s life has a position and assignment of servanthood to His specific function: to accomplish and retain His purpose and glory to mankind.
If our understanding on the anointing is as shallow as a specific way the Word of God is presented, then we do not understand the way God sets His order in His kingdom on earth. There is a dire need in the church of our day to understand God’s order in the body of Christ. If we have no clear understanding on what the anointing of the Holy Spirit is, then it is easy to violate in touching of God’s anointed and feel justified. The misinterpretation and natural understanding of God’s anointing will often result in a violation, by touching God’s anointed in times of personal annoyance or offense. With a shallow concept of what the anointing of the Holy Spirit is, we can easily understand why so many people can fearlessly bring tragic impairment to God’s anointed.
The anointing of God upon someone’s life goes extravagantly deeper than the way someone presents themselves in public speaking. The anointing of the Holy Spirit comes from a fountain so deep that most could not contain its responsibility without falling into utter despair. The anointing of God is a decision that the Godhead made in the election of a person for divine service and spiritual authority; to operate and propagate God’s word, will, and influence among a people.
The kingdom of God is in the divine hand of the Heavenly Father operating as King over all. Jesus operates as the Head of the church and the Holy Spirit emanates the life of the Father and Son upon the servants of God. This anointing upon the life of a person will convey and maintain truth, righteousness, holiness, and the miraculous power from God. It will bring and maintain a healthy fear of God among God’s people. This is the order of God from the Garden of Eden until now. This order was resisted when Lucifer challenged Almighty God while in His very presence. The fallen angel Lucifer has not ceased his resistance or his rebellion to this day. Just as the anointed Lucifer influenced one third of heaven’s angels against God, similarly he will achieve his influence upon some on earth. Just because someone has had a certain anointing, this does not make him unsusceptible to the resistance of God’s true order.
When someone touches this anointing which God has placed upon His servant, they break the hand of God upon His order and there is instant chaos. Truth will fall in the streets. Now unrighteousness is considered righteous. Holiness and the love of God pass like a fleeting shadow. The absence of God’s miraculous power becomes the accuser’s song. The presence of God will be replaced by the natural activities of the mind.
The penalties of touching God’s anointed include many terrible consequences. Once Satan executes a successful attempt to touch and wound the purpose of the anointing, things will in most cases never return to being as before. The one whom Satan uses to touch God’s anointed will suffer with inner issues and spiritual fallout that is blistering with condemnation and insults so destructive that some desire to die. Can someone ultimately recover from such tragedy? I cannot answer. There is a reason that we are taught by God not to touch His anointed and walk with carefulness among them.
Somehow there is a sense of reason that everyone is on the same platform of service unto God. Let us not forget the reasoning of Lucifer. He offered the same thoughts; he actually thought himself to be higher than God. Miriam thought she was just as spiritual as Moses, but disguised herself with the fault she found in the woman Moses was married to. Perhaps Miriam was a very spiritual woman; however, she was not called nor anointed to walk where he walked. Korah had spiritual insights until a hole opened beneath him. After the anointing of God upon a person has been touched and the unction broken, God often uses that servant for some other work for His glory. In my studies I have found it is here that God gives them a ministry in a place where the anointing will be jeopardized no longer. These are His anointed and they are His prophets. They are not ours. God has placed a trust in these fellows that only His foreknowledge could secure.
1 Chronicles 16:22 Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.
Psalm 105:15 Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.