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Instead, through his suicide Saul killed the Lord's anointed in a final act of defiance.
Despite the fact that Saul is bent on killing him and his men, despite the allowance for self-defense in Jewish tradition ("If someone comes to kill you, go and kill him first"--TB Berakhot 58a, Sanhedrin 72a), and despite exhortations to kill Saul, whom God has now delivered into his hands, David rebukes his men and will not countenance any attack on the king: The Lord forbid that I should do such a thing to my lord--the Lord's anointed--that I should raise my hand against him; for he is the Lord's anointed.
David's reign as the LORD's anointed is therefore a down payment on the shape the future will take, a christomorphic shape already intruding itself within Israel's present through David.
I'm going to feel safer with a guy in Number Ten who relies more on his intelligence and less on the conviction that he is the Lord's anointed.
Two Pitts originals - the nicely syncopated, nimble O quickly come, and a smashing new tune for Hail to the Lord's anointed, which in a simpler form could have some congregational use - complete a very attractive and immaculately presented selection.
The king emerges here as the lord's anointed in opposition to Saran.
He was responsible for such familiar expressions as "a man after his own heart," "the Lord's anointed," and "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.