Tuesday, 6 April 2021
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
In chapter 17, there are four different groups people: Goliath, David, David’s brothers and Saul.
Section One V1-11: What Goliath Relied On
V1-7 This Philistine, Goliath, he gathered his army to fight with the Israelites. They were gathered from many different places because of Goliath. The name Goliath means ‘noticeable’ because he was very tall and big, he was 2.9m tall and carried 57kg of armour.
V8-10 Goliath was well prepared, and everything he prepared was to give him the best protection. Goliath spoke to the Israelites on behalf of the Philistines, he was strong, he was prepared, and he was cunning. Often we look down on our enemy, just like in the garden of Eden, the devil used the snake to talk to Eve to lower her alertness.
V11 The Israelites were not only afraid of what they heard but also what they saw. The Israel spies went to the Land of Canaan, saw the giants and brought back bad news. They were afraid because of what they saw. We often become fearful of the things we see, instead trusting in the unseen God by faith.
Section Two V12-30: What David Relied On
V12-15 David was Jesse’s youngest son, Jesse was old at the time and his oldest three sons were capable and strong warriors. Saul gathered all the warriors because he relied on them.
On the other hand, David was able to travel back and forth from Saul’s and his hometown. From here we can see that Saul did not treat David as a warrior. He focused on his ‘doing’, those who can help him to ‘do’ something. May God help us to focus on our life instead of what we can do. For Saul, David was only someone, who could help him getting rid of the headache. David did not stay in the life of the palace, he still went back home to tend his father’s sheep.
V16-20 Goliath was shouting against the Israelites army for 40 days, no one was able to stand up and fight against him. Jesse sent David to check on his beloved three sons, to see if they were safe. Jesse’s focus was not on the army of Israel and how they were being attacked by the Philistines, his focus was the safety of his three sons. Before David left, he handed his sheep over to a shepherd, we should be responsible for the sheep we tend.
V21-24 Everyday the army of Israel and the army of Philistine came out face to face, everyday the Israelites heard the shouting of the enemies. Everyday the enemy is also shouting at us, how do we react? If we are afraid and unwilling to walk out, then everyday the enemy will tell us that we cannot overcome.
V25 The Israelites remembered what Saul said and all the good things he promised, but they forgot what God promised them, God’s calling, God’s authority and God’s favour! Saul was afraid of Goliath and he was also afraid that the army of Israel will stop following him. We worry that no one want to follow us and when we’re afraid of how others think we forgot God’s calling for us.
When we face problems we should always come before God, He is our strength and shelter, who shall we fear? David saw Saul, his brothers and the Israel army as the army of the living God, but how did Saul see his own army? In the same way, how do we see our church? We can always identify the many problems in our church but do we see ourselves as the army of the living God?
V26-28 David wanted to encourage the people but the people responded in a negative way. Even his brothers looked down on him because Samuel anointed him as king in front of the family.
V29-30 David knew he came to regain the honour of the Israel army, not only just to greet his brothers. David also relied on his own flesh, his mission was to bring food to his brothers and his brothers’ captain, and to bring back a letter for his father. It was not yet the time but David stood up. Because he came out in his flesh, therefore later on he also suffered from Saul’s pursuit. David relied a lot on what he saw, we need to slow down our pace and see what God is doing in our lives!
Section Three V31-40: David and Saul walked in the Flesh
V31 God called Saul to fight the Philistines and He called David to be the king of Israel. But David did not wait for God’s timing and he was doing Saul’s job. David wanted to build the temple of God but God said he had killed too many people. If Saul was the one, who fought off the Philistines, then David could’ve built the temple of God.
V32 David was not willing to wait, he wanted the prizes from Saul. God protected David that he was only a harpist in Saul’s eyes, but now when David stood out then Saul put his focus on him. David wanted Saul’s attention.
V33 When Saul saw David, he didn’t think David could do it but David reassured him of what he could do. David wanted to show off how capable he was, so Saul would take notice of him. When we prayed for others, do we really pray for them or we just say it for the sake of saying it?
V37 Saul said to David that the Lord would be with him, because he was reminding David that he could go was because God was with him. David even tried on Saul’s armour, if he didn’t think he needed it then why did he try on?
Section Four V41-58: God still Rules and Reigns
V41-54 When David went out, the Philistines looked down on him. David spoke the words to Philistines but it was Saul who should have said these words. David did not wait for his timing and he walked into Saul’s timing. David won the battle, he took the head of Goliath to Saul for the prizes but kept the armour for himself.
David and Saul did not completely obey the calling of God for them, but His Will of defeating the Philistines was fulfilled. Are we willing to wait? Don’t use our eyes to see but to believe God’s guidance and calling. Believe God still rules and reigns, He will help us and kill the enemy before us.
*Prayer and Pursuit
Through I Samuel 17, Lord, You talk to each one of us, You see us walking in our flesh, we are unwilling to wait, we are afraid and using our own ways, we are unwilling to let go, Lord, help us to receive. Help us to be strong and courageous to respond to You, to walk in Your heartbeat and to step out for You. Amen.
V1-4 这些非利士人愿意这样一起被招聚来攻击以色列，因为他们当中有一个人叫歌利亚 – 名字意思是“光彩、灿烂”，他一站出来很引人注目，身高2.9米，身上的盔甲重达57公斤，非常厚重，难以攻破，这说明歌利亚不仅高大，且孔武有力。
V16 整整“四十日” 这两边的人都没有打仗。以色列人没有看到自己是神的军队的呼召，因着害怕，没有一个人出来应战。
V24 仇敌每一天都在张牙舞爪、偷窃毁坏，而我们被神呼召出来在南奥克兰，是否愿意为神走出自己的舒适区，勇敢传福音, 还是害怕人，反而失去自己的呼召？
我们跟从的是耶稣为我们树立的榜样 – 安静等候30年。让我们走在主你的心跳里，走在你给我们的道路，刚强壮胆跨出去！