Notes for FaithPoint

FaithPoint Logo 1The title for this sermon is: Jesus is the better David. Our text is a very familiar passage of Scripture. Our text comes from 1 Samuel 17:17-51.

Last week, we saw that out of all the animals in the Bible, God calls us sheep. There is good reason for this. There are some similarities between humans and sheep. Most importantly is the fact that sheep need a shepherd and Jesus is our Shepherd.

David’s father, Jesse, instructs him to take some food to his brothers who are in the army camp. We see that David did not leave until he had found someone to watch over his sheep. David was a responsible shepherd.

It is also important to know that David wrote in Psalm 23:1 – the Lord is my Shepherd. David knew that a shepherd needed a Shepherd.

Any preacher/pastor that thinks or acts like they are removed from or over Jesus and the teachings of Scripture should send off a red flag meaning for you to stay away from them. Scripture is our highest authority and no pastor is above the authority of Scripture.

David shows up to the camp to witness Goliath come out and taunt, curse, and humiliate the army of Israel. The army sees the giant and sees how tall he is and they think that the opposition that stands before them is too great for them to defeat. So they run from the giant.

You are not a giant killer. I am not a giant killer. We are the army of Israel and we see the obstacles in front of us and we run from it. We end up cowering back in our tents and talking about how great it would be for the one who kills the giant as long as it is not us. We are afraid. We are afraid of guilt, condemnation, lust, gossip, fear, stress, debt, selfishness and more. Our giant is the obstacle that we don’t want to deal with.

David finds out about the giant and wants to face it head on. Why? David is not afraid.

David looks back and remembers how God had protected him in the past and has the faith that God will protect him now. David goes to the brook and gathers five smooth stones and puts them in his pouch. He heads for the battlefield.

David is the shepherd. The army are sheep. The shepherd must protect the sheep. Jesus is our Shepherd. We are His sheep. The Shepherd will protect His sheep.

Goliath walks out to face David. He uses the same tactics that he used on Israel. He taunts, curses, insults, and tries to verbally degrade David but it does not work.

David speaks from faith. He tells the giant that God will deliver him into his hands and that he will cut off the giant’s head and feed his body to the birds, because David says the battle is the Lord’s.

The battle is not your’s. The battle is not mine. It never was and never will be. Why? If we win the battle, we get the glory from it. The battle does not belong to us. The battle is the Lord’s. The Lord will fight. The Lord will win. The Lord will get the glory.

David puts a stone in the sling and lets it fly. The stone embeds itself into Goliath’s forehead. The giant falls face down into the dirt.

The shepherd threw the stone. Jesus fights for us as our Shepherd. Jesus wants us to see Him as our Shepherd.

Jesus makes us to lie down in green pastures. Jesus leads us beside still waters. Jesus restores your soul. Jesus leads you in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. When Jesus leads you, you fear no evil. When you get out of line, Jesus, as your Shepherd will discipline you.

Jesus prepares a table before you in the presence of your enemies. You can eat in peace and enjoy the meal at His table because He protects you. When you FULLY trust Jesus. When you give your WHOLE heart to Jesus, when you have this insatiable zeal to passionately pursue Jesus and FOLLOW and be OBEDIENT to Jesus, goodness and mercy will follow you all the days of your life.

Goodness and mercy will follow you all the days of your life.

Why is it that a lot of Christians act as if stress and depression follow them? They do not worship freely in spirit and truth. They worship like they are at a funeral. They sit in church on Sunday and hear the gospel proclaimed and instead of saying Amen, they act like Jesus is still dead.

Think of it this way. You are the fox. Goodness and Mercy are dogs. They will hunt you. They will chase you. They will pursue you. They will catch you. You can run but you can’t hide. You can’t get away. You can’t escape. Goodness and Mercy will catch you and capture you.

Amen!

It gets better. David does not just leave Goliath alone to lie face down in the dirt. David walks over and picks up Goliath’s sword and cuts Goliath’s head off. All of the Philistine army sees this and they run from David for fear of their own lives.

Jesus does not just push your obstacle to the side. Jesus doesn’t just knock it down so that it can get back up. Jesus cuts it’s head off.

For a disciple that is fully devoted to Him, they can be free from whatever bondage holds them captive because Jesus cuts it’s head off.

Jesus wants us to see Him as our Shepherd. Jesus wants us to worship Him as our Savior. Jesus wants us to serve Him as our King.

IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!

2 comments
Jimmy Proulx
Jimmy Proulx

I did not go that far in the chapter but that is something to definitely consider the next time I preach this section of Scripture. You did give me another idea to think about. When we see Christ on the throne, maybe we also see the heads of every idol we used to worship on the floor next to his holiness, power, authority, sovereignty, majesty, and glory.

Jeremy Lundmark
Jeremy Lundmark

Great post. I just got done teaching this in Bible. At the end of this story David is brought before Saul... and he still has Goliaths head in tow. Not sure how that applies... Maybe Christ stands before the Father still holding that head. Maybe when we see Christ seated on the throne we ought to also see the head of sin, guilt, fear, or whatever lying on the floor next to him.