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The Warrior Part 1

February 7th, 2012

1 Samuel 17:1-30

  • This is one the most well-known, great stories of the Bible. The core message of the story – the weak defeating the strong – has been retold countless times in books, films, etc.
  • We automatically rise to this story – we love to hear it. Strange though – the weak triumphing over the strong goes against the modern, atheistic notion idea of survival of the fittest.
  • One of Richard Dawkins’ famous statements – “there is no meaning, no good, just ‘blind pitiless indifference’ and random chance”. But deep down we feel there must be good and meaning in life.
  • There must be some story to this universe, some purpose – we know this deep down. Our sentiments betray this knowledge.
  • God has a purpose and a plan through history. Nobody would’ve known how God would plan to take down evil – through weakness and humility. He humbled Himself and became weak in order to defeat the giant of sin, death and evil. Jesus is the Greater David.
  • The Bible is teaching us that we are in a war – we face battles, we have to fight – even truer if you’re a Christian. You made an enemy when you became a Christian – an evil, wicked enemy who doesn’t play by the rules. We are enlisted for war.
  • Matt. 10:34.
  • Following Jesus is meant to be a battle – He said it would be.
  • Most of the heroes in the Bible were soldiers, who lived by the sword. There’s a hint there.
  • Christianity is not a passive walk but an active one.
  • However weak you are, you are in Christ and He wins and has the victory.
  • Preparation to reign.
  • 2 Tim. 4:7 – Paul summarises his life as a fight.
  • The first enemy David has to face is the status quo. The Israelites seemed to just hope that Goliath would go away – they won’t face him.  David challenges that prevailing mindset of “just coast and cope” that they’d had for 40 days.
  • Being a Christian is the same – often you have to go against the status quo, even in the church! Often the church gets passive and someone has to rise up and challenge it.
  • We always need courage to follow Jesus in order to keep moving forward. Courage is often the thing we least appreciate. Maybe there’s been a Goliath you’ve been staring at for ages; courage is needed.
  • David had to press through.
  • Specific courage David needed – in the battle with his own brother, Eliab.
  • We all have “big brothers” / “Eliabs” who have the ability to drain all the confidence out of us because we so crave their approval. Who is the Eliab in your life? We all have to face it – Jesus even had to face it, also from his own brothers.
  • Jesus said “woe to you when all men speak well of you”.
  • Matt. 10:35-39.
  • Jesus and the Bible are very pro-family – but not putting family and their approval above God.
  • You’ll be surprised who opposes you (e.g. Lord Shaftsbury who opposed William Booth, when effectively they were on the same mission).
  • David’s reaction isn’t defensive – he doesn’t care about his own honour or reputation but about God’s.
  • People who know God and the security they have in Him are very hard to take down.
  • The worst people can at about you is not as bad as the truth!
  • God knows everything about you – all the dirt – but what does He do with it? Jesus died for it and justified us.
  • Remember who you are: a sinner by yourself but justified and righteous in Christ.
  • Don’t be an Eliab – why do you need to drag people down? Remember what Jesus did for you.
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