Summary: A teaser or introduction for the "This Means War!" series. We have to beware, be ready, and be strong so we can be like David and GRAB SOME ROCKS, even when the deck seems stacked against you.
I. BEWARE - Realize that there will be giants v.4-10
GOLIATH-CHAMPION OF THE PHILISTINES:
“Height was 6 cubits and a span…”
Probably 9’ 9” tall, if 1 cubit=18” and 1 span=1/2 cubit
“He was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass…
Could have weighed around 125 lbs
“And the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam; and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron”
His spear with its head weighed around 30 lbs
His entire armor could have weighed as much as 270 lbs.
“Choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me. If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your servants: but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve us."
His cocky and boastful taunts were aimed evilly at God’s people.
“We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Eph 6:12
Enemies of God’s people are often loom large, and seem impossibly strong, subtle and sure of success, but there is no strength, counsel, nor confidence against God. God uses the small to confound the mighty.
II. BE READY - Be ready when called and step up to the challenge v. 17-18, 32
EXPECT ATTACK AT ANY TIME (BUT IN GOD’S GOOD TIME)
“For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: 14 And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers. 15 But when it pleased God…[He] called me by his grace…” Gal 1:13-15
David was making a delivery of bread and cheese when the call to arms came. Paul was on his way to persecute the church when his conversion came. The disciples were going about their daily duties when Jesus called them to follow him. Job was going about life as usual when Satan smacked him around.
WHEN THE ATTACK COMES, STEP UP
Oh, that we would react much like David and Isaiah! The largest dearth of ability in the church is availability. We MUST make ourselves available for God’s service when He comes knocking.
“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season…” 2 Tim 4:2
This verse gives Timothy instructions regarding a pastor’s workbut the message should be clear to us: always keep proclaiming Christ, and be always ready.
III. BE STRONG - Have unwavering faith v. 37
Look at this scene...David (probably a teenager or in his very early twenties) and sees a trained warrior giant with a reputation. Yet, he has faith that God will deliver him from this obstacle. Why? Because he was acting on previous action: God had delivered him from the paw of the lion and the bear. Notice that God did not send him to beat up on a giant first, though—he brought David through the paw of the lion first, then the paw of the bear, and now the sword of the giant.