The Wild Ox and the Horn Anointing

God brings them out of Egypt and is for them like the horns of the wild ox. (Numbers 23:22)

[Of Joseph] A firstborn bull he has majesty
and his horns are the horns of a wild ox;
with them he shall gore the peoples,
all of them, to the ends of the earth;
they are the ten thousands of Ephraim,
and they are the thousands of Manasseh.
(Dt 33:17)

But you have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox;
you have poured over me fresh oil. (Ps 92:10)

Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramah. (1Sa 16:13)

Another theme that stood out for me from the Bible Week was that of the "Wild Ox" and the "Horn Anointing".

We all have an anointing in the Holy Spirit, but it is possible for us to put restrictions and man made limitations on it -- to "flask" it. King Saul was anointed with a flask of oil, whereas King David was anointed with a horn. We can play it safe, or try to conform to someone else's anointing. But God wants us to move without restriction like wild oxes under the unique "horn" anointing he has for our lives.

One example in particular that stood out for me is the difference in how we respond to what we hear. If we have heard the word of God, is that enough for us to step out in faith, or do we require some other confirmation? To move under the anointing requires a response of faith to the word of God. We have to have confidence not only in God, but in the anointing that he has given us.

God has said it; I believe it; I am able to do it; I am going to do it.


Todd said...

Some good posts here Chris. Thanks

Matthew said...

Good summary Chris - far better than my attempt on Sunday morning! We had a good time at cell last night reflecting on what God had spoken to us at the Bible Week - more than any previous year I can remember I am sure that much will come out of the seed that was sown into us in Stafford.

Christina said...

I came across this while googling for insight on Ps 92. I really like your comparison of the flask vs. the horn, and your metaphorical interpretation and application. Good insight.