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Monday, December 3, 2018

David and Goliath – Part 1 The battle between God’s anointed one and the enemy of God’s people.

 David Goes to the Battleground to do His Father’s will
          David’s father had sent him to check on three of his brothers who were fighting in Israel’s army, and to bring them provisions. David was a youth who went to his brethren in obedience to his father just as Jesus came to earth in obedience to His Father. David arose early and went about doing his father’s business (will). David’s life is a foreshadowing of the life of Jesus. Jesus too was “about My Father’s business” as a youth. (Luke 2:49) These were the first words of Jesus in the Gospels. His last words were “It is finished!” What was finished? His Father’s business.What Jesus had come to earth to do. As David was doing his fathers will, Jesus came to earth to do His Heavenly Father’s will. Jesus defeated our spiritual enemy, the devil, on the cross. Jesus did in the “spiritual” what David did in the “natural.”  “The spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. (1 Corinthians 15:46) David was a shepherd in his father’s field who became a conquering king with a kingdom. This is a picture of Jesus.
            David’s willingness to serve in obedience to his earthly father prepared him for higher service for God. David’s errand would soon become an opportunity to bring glory to God and freedom from the spiritual enemy of all. In like manner, God gives Christians the opportunity of bringing glory to God and freedom from the enemy to others in their daily walk. How we respond and the weapons we use will determine the outcome. We are saved for a purpose. We are His representatives on earth. We carry the banner of Christ to a world that is lost and dying and controlled by their fleshly nature. It is important that we use the armor of God, not the armor of flesh in the battle. We are not fighting against flesh and blood but against the powers and principalities in the higher places. The arm of flesh cannot win the battle. It is a spiritual battle that only the blood of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit and Word through obedience can win. We must be victorious over the smaller assaults of our spiritual enemy to be prepared for the larger battles. God had prepared David in the quietness of the shepherd’s field as he tended his father’s sheep fighting off the lions and the bears who came to steal, kill and destroy the sheep. Now David will fight a larger battle against Goliath.

          Goliath began as a “roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.”  Goliath “was over nine feet tall” and wore heavy armor. He “stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel.”  The army of God’s people was full of fear, not faith in God. Goliath’s parading with his height and armor was to intimidate and make God’s people fear him. This is how the devil works. David, God’s lion from the tribe of Judah, would take on the “strongman” and defeat him. After David was anointed with the Holy Spirit, he, like Jesus, had to face the enemy of God’s people. Goliath presented himself to God’s army for 40 days. Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights after the Holy Spirit rested upon Him. Jesus came to earth not only to save but to also take on the “strongman.” Jesus is the spiritual Lion from the Tribe of Judah who came to earth – Satan’s house – to defeat Satan and set God’s people free from sin and bondage. Jesus bound the “strongman” on the cross by His blood and released His resurrection power to help us defeat the devil.

“Choose a Man”
          Goliath arrogantly challenged king Saul to choose a man to fight him. The representative of God’s army would fight the champion of the army of Anakim – Goliath. Saul, the leader of God’s people and army, would be the obvious choice, but Saul was full of fear like the others. God will choose the man – David.
            The army of the Philistines was on one mountain and the Israelite army on another with a valley in between. Goliath descends his mountain and is now coming up the mountain to God’s people. He is getting more brazen recognizing the fear within Israel’s army. “When the Israelites saw the man, they all ran with great fear.” 1 Samuel 17:24 Goliath, recognizing the fear of God’s people, gets more arrogant. They say to David, “Do you see how this man keeps coming out? He comes out to defy Israel.” Israel's soldiers focused on the size of Goliath and his heavy armor, but David focused on the honor of God and the reputation of God’s people. The men of Israel said, “this man,” but David called Goliath “this uncircumcised Philistine.” Circumcision was the sign of being in covenant with God. David was in covenant with God, so God was on his side. David defended the honor of God and His people. “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God.” 1 Samuel 17:26 David will do his part and God will do the rest. David understood that the battle was the Lord’s.
            David saw the situation through faith-filled, spiritual eyes but the Israelites saw through man’s fleshly eyes. David had righteous indignation. How dare this uncircumcised Philistine come against the Living God and His people!

                                                             (Continued next week)
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