The Shepherd-King Part 5 July 19, 2016

This week we move into I Samuel 17 in which we read one of the most famous of Bible stories.  The Philistines have called up their armies to go against Israel.  With a valley between them, the two armies positioned themselves on opposite hilltops.

Then a champion came out from the armies of the Philistines named, Goliath, from Gath whose height was six cubits and a span. [about 9 feet tall] He had a bronze helmet on his head and he was clothed with armor which weighed five thousand shekels of bronze…..He stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel and said to them, ‘Why do you come out to draw up in battle array? Am I not the Philistine and you, servants of Saul?  Choose a man for yourselves and let him come down to me.’    I Sam. 17:4-5, 8

King Saul along with his army reacted in fear and dismay at the taunting of Goliath.  Three of David’s older brothers were soldiers in Saul’s army.  Jesse, concerned for his sons, sent David to check on them and take them food. He instructed David to bring him back news of his sons.  It happened that as David arrived at the camp, his brothers were on the front lines.  Making his way to their position, David saw and heard Goliath taunting the army of Israel.  The warrior spirit rose up in him and he asked, ‘Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should taunt the armies of the living God?’  I Sam. 17:26b

David and Goliath

David volunteered to fight the giant while his countrymen cowered in fear. What was he thinking? Why did he step forward when the entire army, including the King, were terrified?

A person who fears God has no reason to fear anything else.  On the other hand, someone who does not fear God will fear just about anything else.  Saul feared the opinions of others; he feared his enemies. He even feared a teenage boy who played the harp!

Now notice: when David’s older brother, Eliab, hears what David says, he rebukes and criticizes him. ‘Why have you come down here?’ he asks. ‘And who is watching the sheep? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”       I Sam. 17:28

David’s response, ‘Now what have I done?’, lets us know that this was not the first time his brothers were at odds with him.  Is there anyone who can discourage us more than a family member? Probably not.  The attitude of our family towards us carries a lot of weight. Yet David remained undaunted by his brother’s scathing remarks.  He knew that God had promised Israel victory over its enemies if they (Israel) called upon His name.  David believed those promises because he built his life on the foundation of God’s holy Word.

This event reminds me of Joseph, son of Jacob.  His brothers, too, resented him. Yet both Joseph and David had passionate hearts towards God and heard clearly God’s plan for their lives. Despite their relationship with the Most High, both of them were rejected and misunderstood by their family members but they did not let those rejections or criticisms dictate their behavior.  Now, there’s a lesson to ponder.

Refusing the king’s bulky armor, David chose five smooth stones form the ground, pulled out his shepherd’s sling and made his way down the hill toward Goliath.  You know the rest of the story but here’s what I want us all to remember:

No ‘giant’ that thrusts its way into your life will EVER be a match for a big God with a little stone!  This teenager bequeathed to every generation since a most amazing gift and this is it: Measure the size of your challenges against the size of your God and you will never be overcome!  That doesn’t mean we won’t have to exert some effort or draw on God’s strength to walk through a valley but it does mean that FAITH can cause a random pebble to strike your enemy like a boulder and level him to the ground.

Problems and difficulties intimidate us if we are uncertain of God’s faithfulness.  Our faith must be grounded in HIS faithfulness.  Don’t make the mistake of having ‘faith in Faith.’ Have faith in GOD!  He is the ever living One, whose Word is true and will never fail.

It’s worth repeating: David spent hours in God’s presence, praising Him, getting to know Him and the fruit of that relationship made him different; not odd, but different.  Like Caleb of old, he had ‘a different spirit’.  He knew his God and therefore, as Daniel would write years later, he was ‘strong and did exploits.’

And every generation since has been inspired by the shepherd boy with the slingshot.

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Application:

1. Have you ever experienced criticism about your walk with God? About your faith? Does the criticism influence your behavior or your decisions?  To be sure, there is such a thing as constructive criticism, the kind we learn from.  What we’re looking at here is different: the criticism that has the potential to demean you, put you down, make you feel rejected.  How do you handle it?  Are you secure in knowing God’s direction for your life?

2. Any Goliath in your life right now?  Will you turn to the living God for His direction on how to overcome or do you try in your own strength?

 

 

 

One thought on “The Shepherd-King Part 5 July 19, 2016

  1. David is certainly a great model to follow when it comes to taking a stand for God and not worrying about anyone’s opinion or derision, especially when coming from family. My family gave up on me a long time ago when they realized that nothing could shatter my faith in God and my loyalty to Him.

    As it would happen, last week I went to Jerusalem to deliver a message. I first called someone and she hung up on me. I understand her, that she probably thought I was some kook. Not a problem… I went to the Knesset and the particular member I wanted to see was not there. Disheartened, I felt I let God down in failing to accomplish my ‘mission’. So, what was my mission?

    After the tragic murder of thirteen-year-old Hallel Ariel I woke up at around 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 14, I believe it was, with this sense of urgency to speak with either the mother of Hallel, her Aunt, who began the ‘Women of the Temple Mount’, or Knesset Member Tzippy Tohevely. Tzippy stated in an article that it was her dream to be on the Temple Mount, holding an Israeli flag. The Ariel family and around 200 supporters were holding a memorial on the Mugrabi Bridge that leads to the gate of the Temple Mount.
    This bridge is in need of repair but the Islamic leaders won’t hear of it as it may cause the Dome of the Rock to fall.

    You see, an Israeli flag has not flown on the Temple Mount since 1967 and the Temple Mount is in the possession of the Muslims and Jews cannot pray there. To my fellow Jews here in Israel and those in the Diaspora and to those who support Israel, let me be very specific. I believe on that early morning at 5:30 a.m. that God was showing me the story of David and Goliath, except in a different way.

    Goliath was a Philistine, the arch enemy of Israel. Islam, whether the people want to admit it or not, is the arch enemy of us Jews and others as well. Who is Goliath? ISIS. The whole world is afraid of her and I say her because Isis was a goddess of Egypt and she wore a throne chair on her crown. Isis wants the Temple Mount on her ‘crown’.

    Now that you know the game plan, and the players, it is time to know how to defeat the enemy. It is the Year of Jubilee my friends. Now is the time for the captives to be set free. David used a smooth stone. We need to use a flag (which is also a banner, a signal or sign to the other nations) thus fulfilling Yeshayahu- Isaiah – Chapter 11:12 And He shall raise a banner to the nations, and He shall gather the lost of Israel, and the scattered ones of Judah He shall gather from the four corners of the earth.

    Chaim Brosh Photo shopped a picture of him holding an Israeli flag on the Temple Mount. This photo was put on his Face Book page for Israel Independence Day but I heard nothing about it. He went to the memorial for Hallel Ariel and was ARRESTED because of that photo. He was later released but the point is, that it is the FLAG ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT that will defeat this enemy that is causing the world to tremble.

    “Who is left among you that saw this house in its former glory? and how do ye see it now? is not such a one as nothing in your eyes?” Haggai 2:3 (The Israel Bible™)

    Read more at http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/72034/temple-mount-flooded-virtual-israeli-flags-photos/#W7B7QU4A5wXprquT.99

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