Wednesday, March 30, 2011

David and Goliath

We have all heard the story of David and Goliath growing up in Sunday school. It is probably one of the most well know stories in the entire Bible. But we can know the story and miss the lessons that the Spirit of God wants to teach us. The story of David and Goliath has two main illustrations for us. The first illustrates the work of Christ as He triumph over the enemy of God, Satan. The second picture that is paint here for us is how every born again Christian can display victorious faith and conquer the enemy each time he attacks.

Christ Victory at Calvary

Lets look first and David as a picture of Christ facing the enemy. David was prepared to face the Goliath even before he went into battle. That is where the victory really begins! Notice back in 1 Samuel 16:13 that David was anointed by the Holy Spirit. He was sanctified (set apart) for this special service to God and to His people. The Lord Jesus was also anointed for service by the Holy Spirit at the banks of the Jordan River. When He was baptized by John, the Holy Spirit descended upon Him, like a dove, Heaven opened up and the Father declared, “This is My Beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” Then He was led up, driven out and filled with the Holy Spirit (Mt. 3: Mk.1:12, Lk. 3:23).

We too need to have a life that is set apart for God before the battle ever begins. In Ephesians 6 we are reminded that we are in a spiritual battle and that we are to be “Strong in the Lord.” But it is important to notice that before the Spirit of God directs us to this spiritual battle He has challenged us to be set apart in attitude and action. In Ephesians 4:25-5:2, He challenges us to have our horizontal life in order. If our relationships with each other are not right we will never be able to win the skirmishes against the enemy when he strikes. So we need hearts and hands, mouths and motives set apart for God. We are instructed there “not to give the devil a place.” This means that in our relationship with one another we are not to give him a beach head for his attacks against us. Latter in chapter 5:18 we are instructed to be filled with the Holy Spirit. What this means is that we are to be control by Him, under His influence and power. The way to accomplish this is to be S.E.T apart. I would suggest that to be S.E.T. apart is to be Separated to Christ, Engrossed in His Word and Teachable.

Next we see that David was sent by his father to his brothers with something for them (1 Samuel 17:17). We are reminded that God sent His only begotten Son into this world. We can also say that He has now sent us into this same world to bring this lost world a message of hope.

David went willingly with a submissive spirit. The Lord Jesus could say at the age of 12 “Do you not know that I ought to be about M Father’s business?” Through out His life we read this of Him (read these references on your own Jn.4:34, 5:17, 30, 6:38, 9:4, Mt. 26:39). If we are going to emulate our Lord, we too are be willing to submit to His Word and to each other before we are confront in battle (James 4:6-10 and 1 Peter 5:5-10).

As we follow David into battle we also see that even before the battle began he was scorned by his brothers (1 Samuel 17:28). The Lord Jesus “came unto His own and His own received Him not” (Jn.1:11). He was despised and rejected (Isaiah 53:3). Scripture reminds us that “all with desire to live a godly life will suffer persecution” (2 Tim. 3:12). The Lord Jesus said “if they persecuted me they will persecute you” (Jn. 15:20). We are told do bear his reproach (Hebrews 13:13).

It is important to see that while all this scorning was taking place it didn’t discourage David. We learn that he was strengthened by the way God had given him victory in the past (1 Samuel 17:33). The Lord Jesus had met the enemy before the cross while he was in the wilderness. Satan came to Him and attacked Him with 3 temptations that we read of in Matthew 4. But the Lord gained the victory there because He relied totally on God’s word quoting from the book of Deuteronomy three times. If we spend time looking at this temptation we’d see that Satan attacked Him the same way he attacked Adam and Eve back in Genesis 3 and the same way he attacks us today. He attacks through the lust of the eyes the lust of the flesh and the pride of life (1 John 2 :15-17). But we can enjoy victory the same way our Lord gained the victory, through the Word of God.

So we see then that David was sustained by the Word of God (1 Samuel 17:45, 47) just as our Lord was and just as we can be (Acts 20:32). David was successful by faith in the living God, as was our Lord who set the example for each of us (1 Peter 2:21-24). David experienced victory and reminds us that because of the ultimate victory that was won at Calvary “I can do all things through CHRIST who strengthens me!”

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