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Posted: May 29, 2015 in The Champion

David&Goliath

We are all in a monumental fight, weather you are a Christian or not a Christian, there are enemies waiting to trap you and destroy your life. This is the same for everyone. No one is exempt.

Who is this enemy?

We have 3 enemies:

  1. the devil is waiting for you and will trap you and ruin your life. He is huge, like the enemy in this story, Goliath.
  2. We have the sinfulness of this world, which will take us away from JESUS and make us think everything is Ok, and lead us into wrong life-styles.
  3. We have our own sinful hearts, that want the wrong things and have no faith or desire for God.

These are too much for us to deal with. How can these enemies be defeated?

The story starts with..

The people of God, the Israelites, are facing a terrifying enemy, The Philistines. The Philistines had a champion, Goliath, who they used to frighten the Israelites so much, that they were paralysed with fear.

Goliath was approximately 3 metres tall. He wore chain mail 150KG in weight, a sword, a spear and a javelin.

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INTIMIDATING!

King Saul is terrified, and all his soldiers.

None of them could fight, they were helpless with fear.

Every day for 40 days, Goliath has come out of the Philistine camp and railed against the Israelites. He scoffs at them and insults them, as he knows they are afraid of him.

“Send someone to fight me…If he kills me, we will be your servants. If I kill him, you will be our servants…” He defies God and His people, and Saul and all his army are dismayed and terrified…

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In the hill country of Bethlehem, lived an old man- Jesse. Jesse’s 3 oldest sons were in Saul’s army, and he sent his youngest son David to bring food to his brothers at the battle-field. David was only 15 years, and had spent his short life looking after sheep.

David goes down to the war-zone with the food, and his trusty sling-shot, tucked in his belt.

David looks so ordinary, so feeble and when he heard Goliath shouting at the armies of God, he is amazed that no one will go and confront Goliath.

Saul hears about David and David announces that he will go and fight Goliath. He is too small..!! David tells Saul that he knows God will give the victory to him, because God was with him when he fought the lion and the bear, which attached the sheep.

David collects 5 smooth stones from the stream and sets out to face the giant.

Goliath is furious when he sees David. “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!”

David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”

Goliath moves forward to attack.

David pulls out a stone, puts it in the sling shot. And the stone flies straight into the forehead of Goliath.David runs over and stand over Goliath, kills him and cuts off his head.The Philistine armies run off, and the Israelites get their courage back and chase them down the roads to their capital city, and kill the soldiers along the way, lining every road with dead bodies.

Saul asks David “Who are you?”

David says, “I am the son of your servant Jesse of Bethlehem.”

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Bethlehem! Where have we heard that before?

Who else came from Bethlehem?

David was just a young man in this story, but he was God’s chosen King, and he became King of Israel. He was Israel’s greatest king…

King David was the forerunner of another great King- God’s true and eternal King – JESUS..

Just as David killed and overcame the enemies of God’s people thousands of years ago, so JESUS has delivered His people from their enemies also.

  1. Satan is bound up. He cannot hurt the Christian at all. Like Goliath, he can frighten and annoy us, but JESUS has conquered Him, just as surely as David killed Goliath.
  2. The world is silenced. Its attractions seem to fade away over time and they have less and less hold over us. We are drawn to the love of the LORD JESUS CHRIST, as we know He has fought he battle for us and he is our Champion.
  3. And our hearts are changed. We have the Holy Spirit within us to give us the strength to continue on the Christian way. We want to obey and we trust our Champion because of who he is and what He has done.

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This is the power of the LORD JESUS to deliver us from sin and the hurtful things that keep us away from Him.
 JESUS went out into the battle-field for us- He went to the cross and allowed himself to be crucified… it seemed a strange victory… but he rose again the third day- forever. All sin was beaten and He made it possible for us to be forgiven and to be victorious in His name.

 If we are trusting in JESUS, then we are part of His people… JESUS IS OUR CHAMPION…

If we are not trusting in JESUS, we have no champion and will be always afraid like the Israelites.