Sermon Passage: 1 Samuel 10:11-12
Sermon Title: Anointed One
Sermon By: Pastor Davy (Youth)
When we say “the Anointed One” we are referring to Jesus Christ. In Hebrew, “messiah” literally means “the anointed one” and “Christ” is the Greek translation of the Hebrew word “messiah”. So yes, of course, we use the word “Messiah” and we are always referring to Jesus Christ. But back in the days of ancient Israel, the “anointed one” referred to the King of Israel who was anointed by oil on his head. And Saul as we see in our chapter, is the first King of Israel. The first “anointed one”.
From this passage, we take away two lessons. 1) Consider the Source and 2) God’s work is invisible but evident.
The proverb, in verse 12, “is Saul also among the prophets?” is meant to be to be used when someone sees something unexplainable and amazing. It’s amazing to the seer because the person who performs whatever it is that amazed should not be able to do it in the first place. Like if a young man who is horrible at math actually got a 100 on a difficult math exam. And this proverb turns the credit, in this case after Saul is seen prophesying, back to YHWH. It’s to say that Saul, from the tribe of Benjamin, son of Kish, is not known to be a prophet but if YHWH opens his mouth, if YHWH uses Saul, what can he not do. And it is this YHWH who is using us as well. No matter what kind of person we are, no matter how much we sin, how weak we are, we are able because YHWH is able. Consider the source of Saul’s anointing. Saul is a sinner just like us. But the source of his anointing is YHWH who is all knowing, all present and all powerful.
Second, we need to know that God’s saving work is almost always invisible. But it truly is evident. In chapter 10, there are so many “signs” that Samuel prophesies over Saul. And they all come to pass just as he said it. But even more important is the fact that the first King of Israel was anointed and no one knows of it. Only Samuel and Saul know of this amazing fact. Even when Saul was prophesying with the prophets, people just thought he was now a prophet or YHWH was just using him in that way for that particular hour. But no one knew that God was actually working his deliverance of his people. And ironically, this is usually how it works. The saving work of God is, though so evident, almost always invisible. We almost never see that God what God is doing. We always complain, we always cry out saying “Where is God? Why can’t I see Him?” but the Bible tells us, history tells us time and time again. that God’s work is invisible yet evident.