“Touch not mine anointed” they command!

The prophet Samuel anointing David as the future king of Israel.

In a time of catchy phrases and clichés’, Christians can be no different. Whenever you question the validity of a false teachers doctrine you almost immediately get the “Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm” or “Do not touch God’s anointed!” thrown in your direction as if that is going to stop you dead in your tracks from questioning their beliefs further.

Let’s have a look and see what this verse actually mean according to what the Word of God says, not according to what the followers of false teachers, Apostles and Prophets say.

Psalms 105:15-19 “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. 17 He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant: 18 Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron: 19 Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him.”

What does the Bible mean when it says not to touch God’s anointed? It’s not my opinion or yours that matters; but what God’s Word has to say about this that really counts?

I certainly wish the people that repeat this phrase would read it in its context.

Anointed Kings and Prophets

The Lord’s ‘anointed’, is a reference to the Kings of the nation of Israel: (1 Sam. 12:3,5; 24:6,10; 26:9,11, 16,23; 2 Sam. 1:14,16; 19:21; Psalm 20:6; Lam. 4:20).

In each of these situations, the person described as anointed was chosen / selected by God for a very special purpose and a very heavy responsibility was placed on them.

The mention of prophets is solely a reference to the patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: (Psalm 105:8-15; 1 Chron. 16:15-22).

There are also times when all the Israelites, God’s chosen people, are described as God’s anointed ones as in 1 Chronicles 16:19-22.

The ” Touch not my anointed, and do my prophets no harm ” it is used exclusively in the Old Testament for Kings and Old Testament Prophets..

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Deborah Ellish is the author of the above article. Discerning the World is an internet Christian Ministry based in Johannesburg South Africa. Tom Lessing and Deborah Ellish both own Discerning the World. For more information see the About this Website page below the comments section.

9 Responses

  1. The irony is that the false apostles and prophets of our day and age who claim to be God’s anointed are really the ones who are “touching” and “harming” Jesus Christ, the Anointed Son of God, every time they open their mouths to preach their abominable heresies.

    For [God does not overlook sin and] the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who in their wickedness suppress and stifle the truth, (Romans 1:18. AMP).

  2. Hi Tom

    Absolutely, in fact I had a minor one-sided discussion with Leon du Preez on Facebook yesterday, who just rolled his eyes at me. One of the things I said was this:

    “Leon du Preez, you usurp the position of Jesus Christ! You profit as a false prophet and tell people to follow you as their Prophet when in fact we have a High Priest, that being Jesus Christ the Son of God.”

  3. Ida says:

    Dear DTW,

    I like your articles so much, can hardly wait for the next. :read: allow me to contribute to you with a gift offering to assist with the up keeping of this website which I love. I don’t have a church at the moment, we (Kobus and Ida Geyser) are just doing Bible Study and reading the One Year Bible for the second time. I found a lot of eye opening information here when I was caught up in the pentecostal and calvinistic church and got the scare of my life when I met with a so called “prophet” for the first time, I knew it was false but had no scriptural knowledge to back myself up. Ever so thankful for the bold way that you defend the true faith in Jesus Christ, and the great arguments that follows. I have evangelized at the local prisons and in the police holding sells, there is no place for false doctrine, they (prisoners) see right through you, because they are truly desperate for the one and only Savior. If I can be used by Jesus Christ for something good, even one person’s soul then it’s worth it. It seems sound doctrine is a treasure to protect. Regards,

  4. Dear Ida,

    Thank you SO MUCH for thinking about us to offer us an offering, but we don’t take any money from anyone, what you CAN DO is keep DTW, Tom and I in your prayers, that we can keep DTW up and running for as long as possible – considering the censorship that has started happening across the world.. It’s getting tough out there,


  5. Ida says:

    Yes DTW,

    You can be sure of an army of believers standing firm behind your authors, holding you up in their prayer. :nod:

  6. John says:

    Good day ,

    Do you have a YouTube channel perhaps ?


  7. Hi John

    Um, kinda, lol, with one video haha.

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  9. Ulf-Dieter says:

    Hi there, this well known verse is always taken out of the context, without proper understanding to the before and after verses and especially acquire to what the Hebrew language and Greek language means in the wording. Sometimes people get too excited, claiming that it is the Holy Spirit giving them this verse to counter-attack any people who threaten or have to question to the source of their claimed revelations and etc. Most “modern-day” prophets would use this verse and forget the other verses, so it comes with no surprise that these people have failed to study the Word of God from cover to cover first to understand its verse contextually. I have also seen weirdo “prophets” bubbling and speaking and bubbling and speaking, which I am very sure that the Holy Spirit will NEVER give out garbled sentences as He will always give clear and cut out understanding in the right senses. One weirdo prophet kept saying, “Matthew….Matthew….Matthew…I hear maybe Matt…” (an example) and again God knows by our names, but not the way like trying to come up bubbling, jumping around and mixing up with words via the weirdo prophet’s mouth. In the light of this, I’m sure that God is the author of order, but not of confusion, and that is the major havoc to where there is so much “idealism” and etc. We have to test against the Word of God and ensure that we have the proper understanding with the Holy Spirit’s help.

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