Anoint vs. Appoint, Pt. 1…

By Candace A. Jones

We sometimes become caught up in wondering when to run and do whatever we feel the Lord has called us to do…yet often without yielding to His lead. Sometimes, we are off in our timing. Better yet, we should be asking ourselves, “Am I even sure I have been anointed and appointed to do whatever it is I am desiring to do?” What if there was something that you desired desperately to do and the Lord gave you free course, but this was not His original plan for you? Do you know the difference between being anointed versus being appointed as mentioned in the Bible? Let’s take a moment to look at the children of Israel for a clearer understanding. King Saul, the first king of Israel, was “selected” by God; however, he was not a part of God’s original plan for the children of Israel. Initially, the Lord God wanted to be their King, but after the disdain Samuel’s sons showed for judging them, the children of Israel wanted to be like the other nations and have a king. Samuel tried to discourage this by telling them that the Lord had other plans, but the people were not receptive of it. Though it grieved Samuel, the Lord encouraged him and reassured him that the people were rejecting the Lord and to not take the people’s request personally (1 Sam. 8 – 9). Think about the ramifications of what the children of Israel endured under King Saul’s reign. They did have some victories; however, they also experienced some defeats as well. The Lord even warned Samuel about everything they would endure at King Saul’s hands. Yet He instructed Samuel to go through the anointing process anyway. Before we continue about King Saul, let’s look at the word ‘anoint.’ In the Old Testament, in this particular instance, ‘anoint’ comes from the Hebrew word, mashach, which means, “to consecrate.” When we think of consecration, we think about the ceremonies that were performed by the Levitical priests. ‘To consecrate’ means to set apart, make holy. When God decided that Saul was going to be the king of Israel, He instructed Samuel to set him apart to be made holy for the Lord’s use. This does not mean that Saul was actually found blameless in the sight of God—he was just set apart in the office of the king for the sake of the Israelites…

…to be continued


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