David and Jesus vs Goliath
September 21, 2020
“Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you.…that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. And all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.” 1 Sam 17:45-47
David and Goliath by N C Wyeth
“The LORD said unto my Lord, sit thou at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool”
Psalm 110:1, Matt 22:43-45
The LORD = Father God, My Lord = Jesus.
This incident has been an inspiration for people through the ages. This battle happened in the reign of Saul (1050-1010 BC). David was probably in his late teens.
This young boy, David was the finest musician in the whole country, such excellence. Think of Bach or a Beethoven in his generation, and you get the picture. (1 Sam 18:18). What a contrast with the Worship teams of today, no wonder there is no Presence of God in our Churches. David was excellent in everything he did – war, music, poetry, hymn writing, love for Jesus, friendship, care for sheep etc.
He was tried and tested in battle, while keeping sheep – fighting lions and bears, using strategy and tactics to knock over stronger opponents. Well versed in sling, archery, sticks (shepherd’s staff), hand-to-hand combat, agility, and muscular strength. And he was a man of immense courage, and someone who loved the sheep dearly and risked his life to rescue a little sheep.
David assessed his foe, he knew it was impossible to take him head-on, man-to-man. But the Holy Spirit gave him a strategy and showed him the soft spot where to hit. And David picked 5 smooth stones, meaning he was ready to hit 5 times till he got the giant or lost the battle!
Samuel was praying for him, and all Israel. When war starts, it was common for couriers (runners) to carry the news to all towns to alert the nation and to gather the conscripts to battle. So, Samuel would surely have known about this. To deny this is to say, Mahatma Gandhi not knowing if war started with Pakistan. So, for 40 days prayer went up, from Samuel, David, and all Israel to God to save them (v16). This was the secret, After 40 days of prayer from the nation, a little boy showed up, and the rest is history.
David knew Jesus very well – His Crucifixion and death (the Davidic Psalm 22 is about the Cross), Burial and Resurrection of Christ (Psalm 16:10). He knew where his salvation and strength lie. He did not go alone into the battle. The Lord was with him.
Also, remember that Samuel anointed David to be King, a few years ago. The anointing was upon him to serve his people. And so, he Risked his life each time he went out to battle. My dad used to remind us, that the Lord loved David, because he was ready to lay down his life for God and his people. He knew he could die in battle that day. Such surrender and love.
David was the Most Complete man who ever lived in the Bible, he loved Christ dearly and was always sensitive to the Holy Spirit. No wonder God made an Agreement with him saying, My son Jesus will be born in your family (2 Samuel 7). This is the Davidic Covenant. Jesus is forever called the Son of David.
Will you too love Christ that dearly? Is His sacrifice on the Cross that precious to you? If so, as Pastor S.R.Manohar once told us, Christ when He comes the second time will come in the line of your ministry and family. Meaning Jesus will so manifest himself as being a part of your family and Church. And you will prepare the way for the Lord’s Return.
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