Is President Trump God’s Anointed?

Written by Allan Erickson on July 29, 2019

Is President Trump God’s Anointed?

Shimei Curses David & Shimei’s end: II Samuel 16

5 As King David approached Bahurim, a man from the family of the house of Saul was just coming out. His name was Shimei son of Gera, and as he approached, he kept yelling out curses. 6 He threw stones at David and at all the servants of the king, though the troops and all the mighty men were on David’s right and left.

7 And as he yelled curses, Shimei said, “Get out, get out, you worthless man of bloodshed! 8 The LORD has paid you back for all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose place you have reigned, and the LORD has handed the kingdom over to your son Absalom. See, you have come to ruin because you are a man of bloodshed!”

9 Then Abishai son of Zeruiah said to the king, “Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and cut off his head!”

10 But the king replied, “What have I to do with you, O sons of Zeruiah? If he curses me because the LORD told him, ‘Curse David,’ who can ask, ‘Why did you do this?’”

11 Then David said to Abishai and all his servants, “Behold, my own son, my own flesh and blood, seeks my life. How much more, then, this Benjamite! Leave him alone and let him curse me, for the LORD has told him so. 12 Perhaps the LORD will see my affliction and repay me with good for the cursing I receive today.”

13 So David and his men proceeded along the road as Shimei went along the ridge of the hill opposite him. As Shimei went, he yelled curses, threw stones, and flung dust at David. 14 Finally, the king and all the people with him arrived, exhausted. And there he refreshed himself.

Much later, the story plays out in 1 Kings 2. As David is dying he gives his son Solomon leave to do with Shimei as he thinks wise, basically indicating an execution would be in order.

The biblical principle of submission to authority

Notice Shimei is of the house of Saul. Like Saul he goes off half-cocked, leaning to his own understanding, leveling false allegations, issuing curses and even perpetrating violence against the man anointed king.

Throughout Scripture, when someone responds to authority this way, God condemns it. Recall what happened to thousands of Israelites who rebelled against Moses. [Numbers 11-17]

David refuses to kill Saul, 1 Samuel 24-27

When Saul was king, hunting David to kill him, David had opportunities to kill Saul. His men even asked David: “Why do you withhold your hand?” David replied according to the principle of godly submission, chain of command, ordained authority: “Far be it from me to touch the Lord’s anointed.” Even when Shimei was throwing stones at him, David preferred God’s control and authority, his basic posture: maybe I deserve this, perhaps God is trying to teach me something. David was trusting God to determine what is best.

In the end, David left it to Solomon to achieve justice, and after a long while, Shimei was executed.

The lessons in this story are clear, the main one being: judgment and vengeance are the Lord’s. We make a terrible mistake elbowing God aside and assuming those roles. David left it to God to decide, proving he was a man after God’s own heart, and God delivered David from all his troubles, blessing him mightily.

We should ask: do I want to be a David or a Shimei, a Solomon or a Saul?

Then the question becomes: is Donald Trump the Lord’s anointed?

There were so many miracles surrounding the campaign and his election and his early tenure, you have to wonder. Donald Trump is clearly the most vilified President in history, yet he not only survives massive efforts to dislodge him, he thrives. This alone is such an enormous miracle it is sheer nonsense to ignore it. Clearly, the President is confounding the “wise.”

Vice President Mike Pence, a born again believer through and through, reports there are regular Bible studies at the White House, and that the President asks for prayer constantly. His defense of Israel is another strong indicator. During his rallies it is apparent enthusiastic crowds see in him a genuine man truly focused on their welfare, and this message is getting through to more and more people, despite 90% negative coverage by the MSM.

About half the country believes Donald Trump is the devil’s diplomat.

I think God ordained him for many reasons, some we see, others we do not see yet. He promised to shake things up, and that is a promise he is keeping, along with many others.

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Allan Erickson
Allan Erickson---Christian, husband, father, journalist, businessman, screenwriter, and author of The Cross & the Constitution in the Age of Incoherence, Tate Publishing, 2012.