David Anointed by Samuel
The story of the selection of David, the shepherd boy,
to be King over Israel, is full of interest for both old and young. The
Prophet Samuel, who did the anointing, was guided specially of the Lord.
Samuel himself was dedicated to the Lord in his youth. When the time came
for him to anoint a successor to King Saul, all the sons of Jesse passed
before him. They were a fine family, and he was expecting one after
another to be the proper one, but God guided him otherwise. David, the lad
who was with the sheep, was not thought of until all the others had been
scanned in vain; then David was brought, and the Lord indicated that this
was the one to be anointed.--1 Samuel 16:1-13.
The story of David is of special interest to us because
his name signifies Beloved, and because he typified The Christ-- Jesus and
His faithful brethren, the Church, God's specially beloved, the Elect, who
are to inherit the Messianic Kingdom.
David was anointed long years before he became king. So
Christ received the anointing of the Holy Spirit at His baptism, and the
Church recieved the anointing at Pentecost--long years before the
Messianic Kingdom's establishment. The trials and testings of David were
to prepare him for his office as king. And likewise the trials and
difficulties of The Christ, Head and Body, fit and prepare them for the
In typical Israel, the priestly office was kept
distinctly separate from the kingly office, but in Christ the two offices
combine. This was illustrated in the double office of Melchisedec, who was
a priest upon his throne, or a royal priest. Similarly, The Christ, Head
and Body, will be the antitypical Royal Priesthood, to reign for a
thousand years. This is in harmony with St. Peter's statement, "Ye
are a Royal Priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people." It agrees
with the statement that those who share in the First Resurrection will be
kings and priests unto God and reign with Christ a thousand years.--
Revelation 20:6;5:10; 1 Peter 2:9.