David and goliath by brother jerry strawder
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  • 1. David and Goliath Please read I Samuel 17:1-54 and II Corinthians 3:1-18 and4:1-2, before reading this article. Often when we read about David and Goliath, we see how David,who was just a lad, was able to defeat a great giant throughfaith in God. It is true there are many giants in the Land ofCanaan, (the Kingdom of Heaven) and we, the congregation,should kill many giants in the land. However, this giant is aspecial giant and it takes a special man to kill this giant. Weoften fail to see a deeper meaning or be able to bring this downto us in experience. First of all, I feel that these two men represent somethingin a type and shadow of men today. David represents a Gospelpreacher preaching the truth about Jesus Christ in the Spirit.Goliath on the other hand is a child of God walking in self-righteousness. We are all self-righteous by nature from ourfather, Adam and we stay that way unless God shows us the truth.We learn how to use this self-righteousness from the time we areyoung. We put down others to exalt ourselves; we justifyourselves for doing wrong to others. We learn this as childrenand become very skilled at it by the time we are adults.<I Samuel 17:33,) "and he, a man of war from his youth". Bythe time we are grown, we have a full suit of armor that cannotbe penetrated. In other words, if any one tried to tell you thatyou were a sinner or unrighteous or in total depravity,
  • 2. you would defend yourself and they could not get through yourdefense; not only that, you would more than likely attack themfor telling you, (Goliath also carried a sword and a spearalong with his armor of self-righteousness). Goliath also had"one bearing a shield that went before him". I feel that thisrepresents the majority opinion in the world today. The worldprotects and agrees with self-righteousness. If someone smitesyou on the cheek the worlds opinion is to smite them back andthat you would be just in doing so. Its going to take a specialman to fight against this self-righteousness man and to cause himto believe in the righteousness of Jesus Christ. Goliath said"choose you out a man for you and let him come down to me. If hebe able to fight with me and to kill me, then will we be yourservants". He also knows that the servants of Saul cannot killhim (which represents preachers of Christ in the letter and notin the Spirit). He knows that they cannot kill self-righteousness because they dont have any real strength, but onlythe weak and beggarly elements, so he is completely confidentthat they cannot win and hes right. (I Samuel 17:11), "WhenSaul and all Israel heard the words of the Philistine, they weredismayed and greatly afraid", but the Lord has a special man tofight with this champion and he anointed him for this cause. (ISamuel 16:12) "All the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fledfrom him and were sore afraid." But David said for who is thisuncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of theliving God?". Davids brethren got angry at him and called himproud. God had given him faith in Jesus Christ, not faith in his
  • 3. own self, flesh or pride. David said "Is there not a cause?". Ifeel that the cause or purpose of a Gospel preacher is to killthe self-righteouness of the congregation by preaching the truthabout our fall in Adam and our total depravity, as well aspreaching the righteousness of Jesus Christ and that he is ourrighteousness and salvation both eternal and in this lifetime. SoDavid persuaded Saul to let him fight with this Philistine. Saularmed David with his armor. He put a helmet of brass upon hishead and armed him with a coat of mail. Once again, I feel thisrepresents the letter; but David wont use this to fight againstGoliath. David instead "took his staff in his hand", which is hisfaith in Christ and chose five smooth stones which is a type ofJesus Christ. The fact that they are smooth shows his meekness,gentleness, humbleness and the attributes of our Savior. Davidtook them from the brook, which represents the Bible. This iswhere the Gospel preacher needs to be searching for the teachingsof Christ. These stones were put into his shepherds bag,representing his heart. David took his sling in his hand anddrew near to the Philistine. When Goliath looked about and sawDavid, he disdained him; for he was "a youth and of faircountenance". David is in the Spirit, the new man created inChrist Jesus (Eph 2:10), and Goliath is the old man, fleshly,carnal and disdainful of the Spirit. Goliath threatens David,but David tells Goliath that the Lord will deliver the Philistineinto his hand. "I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee;and, I will give the carcass of the host of the Philistines thisday unto the fowl of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth;
  • 4. that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel",(this is part of the cause that David spoke of earlier.) Davidtook a stone from his bag and slinging it, "smote the Philistinein the forehead, the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fellupon his face to the earth. This is a type of a true Gospelpreacher, preaching Jesus Christ; the action of slinging thestone is preaching, the sling is the Spirit and the target is tohit us (the congregation) in the forehead so we come to believein Christ and he is in the forefront of our minds. When we cometo this wonderful state, we fall upon our faces to the earth toconfess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father(Phil. 2:9-11). So then, David takes the giants sword and cutsoff his head. This same sword which was used to kill others isused to kill him. The Apostle Paul is a good example of thishappening to a child of God. Before his experience, he usedself-righteousness to harm and kill others; until God began todeal with him and killed him to self-righteousness by showing himwhat a great sinner he was. Then he was able to say "for Ithrough the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God".<Gal. 2: 19) I feel that this is a precious experience that a child of Godgoes through when he is self-righteous. God has mercy upon himand uses the ministry to save this self-righteous man so that hemay believe in Christ (I Cor. 3:5-7). When we bring this down toourselves, we begin to see the importance of a Gospel preacher inour lives; that God, through the ministry, brings us to believein Jesus Christ, our Savior.