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070204 David Faith Is The Victory


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070204 David Faith Is The Victory

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  53. 53. Psalm 144:1-15 NIV Of David. <ul><li>Praise be to the LORD my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. (2) He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me. (3) O LORD, what is man that you care for him, the son of man that you think of him? (4) Man is like a breath; his days are like a fleeting shadow. (5) Part your heavens, O LORD, and come down; touch the mountains, so that they smoke. (6) Send forth lightning and scatter the enemies; shoot your arrows and rout them. (7) Reach down your hand from on high; deliver me and rescue me from the mighty waters, from the hands of foreigners (8) whose mouths are full of lies, whose right hands are deceitful. </li></ul>
  54. 54. Psalm 144:1-15 NIV Of David. <ul><li>(9) I will sing a new song to you, O God; on the ten-stringed lyre I will make music to you, (10) to the One who gives victory to kings, who delivers his servant David from the deadly sword. (11) Deliver me and rescue me from the hands of foreigners whose mouths are full of lies, whose right hands are deceitful. (12) Then our sons in their youth will be like well-nurtured plants, and our daughters will be like pillars carved to adorn a palace. (13) Our barns will be filled with every kind of provision. Our sheep will increase by thousands, by tens of thousands in our fields; (14) our oxen will draw heavy loads. There will be no breaching of walls, no going into captivity, no cry of distress in our streets. (15) Blessed are the people of whom this is true; blessed are the people whose God is the LORD. </li></ul>
  55. 55. David: Shaping a Godly Heart Lesson 4 – Faith is the Victory 1 Samuel 17
  56. 56. This is a familiar story <ul><li>You already know who wins. </li></ul><ul><li>If you don’t, I’ll tell you later. </li></ul><ul><li>Our purpose today is not reconstruction, but relevance. </li></ul>
  57. 57. High School test on “The Bible as Literature” <ul><li>Q: Who wrote the four gospels? </li></ul><ul><li>A: Matthew, Mark, Luther and John </li></ul>
  58. 58. Q: Where did Adam come from? <ul><li>A: An apple </li></ul>
  59. 59. Q: Who was Ahab? <ul><li>A: Jezebel’s donkey </li></ul><ul><li>(½ credit) </li></ul>
  60. 60. Q: Identify Golgotha <ul><li>A: Giant who slew the apostle David </li></ul>
  61. 61. Knowing the names is not grasping the truths
  62. 62. 1 Samuel 17:1-3 NIV <ul><li>Now the Philistines gathered their forces for war and assembled at Socoh in Judah. They pitched camp at Ephes Dammim, between Socoh and Azekah. (2) Saul and the Israelites assembled and camped in the Valley of Elah and drew up their battle line to meet the Philistines. (3) The Philistines occupied one hill and the Israelites another, with the valley between them. </li></ul>
  63. 63. The Philistines constantly harassed Israel <ul><li>Occupied territory allotted to Dan </li></ul><ul><li>So obstinate that Dan gave up and settled to the north </li></ul><ul><li>Joshua 19:47 NIV (But the Danites had difficulty taking possession of their territory, so they went up and attacked Leshem, took it, put it to the sword and occupied it … and named it Dan after their forefather.) … </li></ul>
  64. 64. Standoff: Philistines on one hill and Israel on another <ul><li>Israel won’t attack – Philistines have weapons </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1 Samuel 13:19 NIV Not a blacksmith could be found in the whole land of Israel, because the Philistines had said, &quot;Otherwise the Hebrews will make swords or spears!” … </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Philistines won’t attack Israel on high ground </li></ul><ul><li>Philistines propose representative combat </li></ul>
  65. 65. 1 Samuel 17:8-11 NIV <ul><li>Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, &quot;Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose a man and have him come down to me. (9) If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us.” </li></ul>
  66. 66. 1 Samuel 17:8-11 NIV <ul><li>(10) Then the Philistine said, &quot;This day I defy the ranks of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other.&quot; (11) On hearing the Philistine's words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified. </li></ul><ul><li>1 Samuel 17:16 NIV For forty days the Philistine came forward every morning and evening and took his stand. </li></ul>
  67. 67. Israel was terrified! Why? <ul><li>1 Samuel 17:4-7 NIV … Goliath … came out of the Philistine camp. He was over nine feet tall. (5) He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor… weighing five thousand shekels … (7) His spear shaft was like a weaver's rod, and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels ... </li></ul>
  68. 68. Goliath’s statistics in real terms: <ul><li>Almost ten feet tall </li></ul><ul><li>Armor weighed 125 pounds </li></ul><ul><li>Head of his spear weighed 15 pounds </li></ul>
  69. 69. Why did God include this? <ul><li>Men look at the outside </li></ul><ul><li>Who in Israel was “head and shoulders” above everyone else? </li></ul><ul><li>Saul! </li></ul><ul><li>But Saul is not acting like a king! </li></ul><ul><li>Enter David </li></ul>
  70. 70. Jesse has heard no word from his sons in the army <ul><li>1 Samuel 17:12-15 NIV (13) Jesse's three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war:… Eliab … Abinadab …and … Shammah. (14) David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, (15) but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father's sheep at Bethlehem. </li></ul>
  71. 71. David is sent to investigate <ul><li>1 Samuel 17:17-19 NIV Now Jesse said to his son David, &quot;Take this ephah of roasted grain and these ten loaves of bread for your brothers and hurry to their camp. (18) … See how your brothers are and bring back some assurance from them. (19) They are with Saul and all the men of Israel in the Valley of Elah, fighting against the Philistines.” </li></ul>
  72. 72. David is sent to investigate <ul><li>(20) Early in the morning David left the flock with a shepherd, loaded up and set out, as Jesse had directed. He reached the camp as the army was going out to its battle positions, shouting the war cry. (21) Israel and the Philistines were drawing up their lines facing each other. </li></ul>
  73. 73. David is sent to investigate <ul><li>(22) David left his things with the keeper of supplies, ran to the battle lines and greeted his brothers. (23) As he was talking with them, Goliath … stepped out from his lines and shouted his usual defiance, and David heard it. (24) When the Israelites saw the man, they all ran from him in great fear. </li></ul>
  74. 74. This is the first time David has heard of Goliath <ul><li>1 Samuel 17:25 NIV Now the Israelites had been saying, &quot;Do you see how this man keeps coming out? He comes out to defy Israel. The king will give great wealth to the man who kills him. He will also give him his daughter in marriage and will exempt his father's family from taxes in Israel.&quot; </li></ul>
  75. 75. David’s concern is not gain, but the honor of God <ul><li>1 Samuel 17:26 NIV David asked the men standing near him, &quot;What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?&quot; </li></ul>
  76. 76. Others were terrified of his size; David didn’t even notice <ul><li>How concerned are you about the honor of God? </li></ul><ul><li>Saul was trying to bribe the Israelites with personal gain </li></ul><ul><li>David was only interested in his personal God! </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges to David’s faith </li></ul>
  77. 77. Challenge from Eliab <ul><li>1 Samuel 17:28 NIV When Eliab, David's oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, &quot;Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the desert? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.&quot; </li></ul>
  78. 78. David knew whom to fight <ul><li>1 Samuel 17:29-31 NIV &quot;Now what have I done?&quot; said David. &quot;Can't I even speak?&quot; (30) He then turned away to someone else and brought up the same matter, and the men answered him as before. (31) What David said was overheard and reported to Saul, and Saul sent for him. </li></ul>
  79. 79. Challenge from Saul <ul><li>1 Samuel 17:33 NIV Saul replied, &quot;You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a boy, and he has been a fighting man from his youth.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>If David could get Israel behind him, Goliath would be no problem. </li></ul><ul><li>Things Saul didn’t know about David: </li></ul>
  80. 80. His skill as a fighter <ul><li>1 Samuel 17:34-36 NIV But David said to Saul, &quot;Your servant has been keeping his father's sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, (35) I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. </li></ul>
  81. 81. His skill as a fighter <ul><li>When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. (36) Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. </li></ul>
  82. 82. His trust in God <ul><li>1 Samuel 17:37 NIV The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.&quot; Saul said to David, &quot;Go, and the LORD be with you.&quot; </li></ul>
  83. 83. Saul still focuses on the external <ul><li>He tries to make David look like Saul, himself. </li></ul><ul><li>1 Samuel 17:38-39 NIV Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. (39) David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. &quot;I cannot go in these,&quot; he said to Saul, &quot;because I am not used to them.&quot; So he took them off. </li></ul><ul><li>Saul wants the credit without the risk! </li></ul>
  84. 84. Looking the part is not the same
  85. 85. Challenge from Goliath <ul><li>1 Samuel 17:41-44 NIV Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. (42) He looked David over and saw that he was only a boy, ruddy and handsome, and he despised him. </li></ul>
  86. 86. Challenge from Goliath <ul><li>(43) He said to David, &quot;Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?&quot; And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. (44) &quot;Come here,&quot; he said, &quot;and I'll give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!&quot; </li></ul>
  87. 87. David’s response: <ul><li>1 Samuel 17:45-47 NIV David said to the Philistine, &quot;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. (46) This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I'll strike you down and cut off your head. </li></ul>
  88. 88. David’s response: <ul><li>Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. (47) 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.&quot; </li></ul>
  89. 89. Goliath doesn’t stand a chance! <ul><li>Goliath dwarfed David, but David’s faith dwarfed Goliath! </li></ul><ul><li>David’s faith is that God is Alive! </li></ul><ul><li>We sing our songs and repeat our clichés, then forget God during the week. No wonder we never win! </li></ul>
  90. 90. God turns disadvantages into advantages <ul><li>The Philistines controlled the weapons </li></ul><ul><li>Israel learned to improvise: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shamgar killed 700 with an ox goad – Judges 3:31 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Samson killed 1000 with the jawbone of a donkey – Judges 15:14-17 </li></ul></ul>
  91. 91. Now David will kill their champion with a rock <ul><li>Not an uncommon weapon </li></ul><ul><li>Judges 20:15-16 NIV At once the Benjamites mobilized twenty-six thousand swordsmen … (16) Among all these soldiers there were seven hundred chosen men who were left-handed, each of whom could sling a stone at a hair and not miss. </li></ul>
  92. 92. Faith is the victory! <ul><li>1 Samuel 17:48-54 NIV As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. (49) Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground. </li></ul>
  93. 93. Faith is the victory! <ul><li>(50) So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him. (51) David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine's sword and drew it from the scabbard. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword. </li></ul>
  94. 94. Faith is the victory! <ul><li>When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran. (52) Then the men of Israel and Judah surged forward with a shout and pursued the Philistines to the entrance of Gath and to the gates of Ekron. </li></ul>
  95. 95. Faith is the victory! <ul><li>Their dead were strewn along the Shaaraim road to Gath and Ekron. (53) When the Israelites returned from chasing the Philistines, they plundered their camp. (54) David took the Philistine's head and brought it to Jerusalem, and he put the Philistine's weapons in his own tent. </li></ul>
  96. 96. Characteristics of David’s faith
  97. 97. He knew how to size up Goliath <ul><li>Israel was impressed by his size; David never mentioned it </li></ul><ul><li>The biggest obstacle to faith is carnal believers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We tried it before </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We never tried it that way before </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Costs too much </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not big enough </li></ul></ul>
  98. 98. Holding ground is not being faithful <ul><li>The church is an army – and an army is supposed to take ground, not hold it! </li></ul><ul><li>Church report in a brotherhood paper: “No baptisms. No restorations. Pray that we’ll continue to be faithful.” </li></ul>
  99. 99. What do you believe about God? <ul><li>We believe in the God of history who killed giants once-upon-a-time. </li></ul><ul><li>We believe in the God of prophecy who promises to come again some day. </li></ul><ul><li>But do we believe in the God of today? </li></ul><ul><li>Size up every battle remembering God. </li></ul>
  100. 100. David knew when to speak up <ul><li>Jesse thought he was too small. </li></ul><ul><li>Eliab thought he was too immature. </li></ul><ul><li>Saul thought he was too inexperienced. </li></ul><ul><li>David wouldn’t be silenced when somebody had to stand up for the Lord! I like that! </li></ul>
  101. 101. Fighting giants is lonely <ul><li>Georgia lady wailed on General Sherman with a broom </li></ul><ul><li>Sherman asked: “Don’t you know who I am and what I can do to you?” </li></ul><ul><li>Her response: “I want you to know what side I’m on!” </li></ul>
  102. 102. God does not consider neutrality a virtue <ul><li>David told Goliath that he would win – and why. </li></ul><ul><li>Faith in God, no matter how small, is better than any belief about God, no matter how great! </li></ul><ul><li>Knowing the right words is not the same as grasping the truth. </li></ul>
  103. 103. God wants to know which side you’re on <ul><li>Faith is not how well you hold your ground, but how far you take the banner. </li></ul><ul><li>We march with the banner of the cross. </li></ul><ul><li>There was another representative battle centuries later. </li></ul><ul><li>On our behalf, Jesus met the enemy. He dealt death a fatal blow. His victory can be yours. </li></ul>
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