Summary: Jerusalem, in the hands of the Jebusites, represents for every child of God, those “unconquerable things” that has taken up residence in our lives.
INTRO: 1. When we think of Jerusalem we think of it as the pearl and glory of all Israel.
a. No other place in the world is considered as sacred by so many as is Jerusalem. (Three world Religions: Christianity, Judaism, Islamics)
b. Few places in the world has there been more blood-shed over a city than Jerusalem.
2. But we must remember that Jerusalem wasn’t always the possession of the children of Israel.
a. It wasn’t until King David had united the tribes of Israel before Jerusalem could be taken
b. It was not conquered even by the Joshua generation... Although part of the promised land
c. For years this city was occupied by the Jebusites, and it was their pride and joy.
d. This city was considered an “unconquerable fortress”, an impenetrable safe haven for the enemy to dwell in the very heart of Israel.
3. Jerusalem, in the hands of the Jebusites, represents for every child of God, those “unconquerable things” that has taken up residence in our lives.
a. They have a history of defeating us.
b. They mock us. (The lame was lined on the walls and David’s army was mocked)
c. They are central to our effectiveness. (We cannot be all that God intended until these areas of difficulty is dealt with)
d. They contaminate our Peace. (How could Israel live at peace until this enemy has been cast down)
e. They don’t belong in our lives. (this was God’s promise land, they had no real claim to it)
4. Like David & Joab we don’t have to surrender to the “unconquerable things” in our lives, God’s will and his Word has given us the power and the tools necessary for conquering the unconquerable in our lives.
a. Paul reminds us of our power in the face of “strongholds”.
2 Cor. 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
5. The possessing of Jerusalem leaves us with some powerful principles concerning the conquering of seemingly impossible things in our life.
I. WE MUST FIRST CONQUER INTIMIDATION
a. The first response of the Jebusites that possessed the city of Jerusalem was a response to intimidate David's men
b. They mocked them by lining the blind and the lame along the wall to reveal the futility of what they were trying to do.
c. No doubt there was some among the ranks of the children of Israel who believed this trap and was at that time ready to return home.
A. INTIMIDATION IS THE ENEMY’S LAST HOPE FOR VICTORY.
1. The worst thing that can happen to the enemy is for you to realize the power and promise you possess.
2. He’ll mock our ability. (Say you don’t have the talent or the skill)
3. He’ll mock our spirituality. (Your not spiritual enough to content with such an enemy)
4. He’ll mock our past failures. (Remind you of the times you’ve failed before)
B. INTIMIDATION DISTRACTS US FROM WHO WE’RE WITH.
1. Joab didn’t fall for the strategy of the enemy because his attention was on one thing - who he was with - the “anointed one”, the King.