It Ain’t Over - Who Is This Guy? #2
Opening Scripture: I Samuel 17:26-36
As we get into the Word of God today can we celebrate the NEXT STEPS TEAM for all they do.
As we look at 2020, six months have never felt longer and if a year could ever have a “do over” it would be the year of 2020. But as bad as we want to write off 2020 and move on to the next year. I know I heard God say “It Ain’t Over!”
Last week the objective was “that we will turn our eyes back to the Covenant and away from the chaos.”
This morning I am hoping that we will operate in the Covenant and walk out of the chaos.
I want to revisit this word Covenant. God is a God of Covenants and the Bible is a book of Covenants between God and man. The Covenant with Adam (Adamic), The Covenant of Abraham (Abrahamic), The Covenant with Moses (Mosaic), The Old Covenant, The New Covenant, several blood covenants. All throughout the Bible we are reading about Covenants.
Covenant - A covenant includes a contract, but it involves a relationship, with the priority being the relationship not the contract.
This is why buying a car is different than marrying your spouse.
The purpose of a covenant is so that you have a covering. This is why the Holy Spirit is so important in the New Testament.
Holy Spirit is referred to as Helper. John 14:16, John 14:26, John 15:26, John 16:7 all refer to Him as Helper
This term Helper is Paracletos - greek: Only appears 5 times the Bible, 4 of the 5 times at the Lord’s Supper that I just mentioned.
A major translation for Helper is Comforter.
When Jesus tells the disciples He is going to send the Helper or Comforter most people read it as “I’ll make your bad day good.” But Jesus was saying “I’ll send the covering of the New Covenant.”
A covering is there to do for you, what you cannot do for yourself.
An umbrella doesn’t stop the rain, it just stops the rain from getting on you.
A comforter on your bed doesn’t keep it from getting cold, it keeps you warm in spite of the temperature.
The downfall many times occurs, not because we don’t have it but because we are not under it.
You have the Covenant when Christ is in you. You get the Covering when you are in Christ.
Christ in you is legal access to salvation and eternal life. You in Christ is access to the power of the Covenant because you have brought yourself under the Covering.
I Samuel 17:26-37
26 David asked the men standing near him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
27 They repeated to him what they had been saying and told him, “This is what will be done for the man who kills him.”
28 When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”
29 “Now what have I done?” said David. “Can’t I even speak?” 30 He then turned away to someone else and brought up the same matter, and the men answered him as before. 31 What David said was overheard and reported to Saul, and Saul sent for him.
32 David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”
33 Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.”
34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 37 The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”
Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.”
There are so many sermons in this account of scripture of I Samuel 17.
- We could preach on “Slandered for Serving.” David was there to serve his brothers at his fathers request.
- We could preach on “Fighting in someone else’s armor.”
- We could preach on “5 Stones from the stream/brook.” 5 - the number of Grace.
- We could also preach on the “Why 5 Stones” because the other 4 were prophetic since Goliath had 4 brothers that would also be defeated. Goliath, Ishbi-benob, Saph (or Sippai), Lahmi, and the unnamed 24-digited brother
- We could preach on “Defeating the lions and bears in private.”
But if the series is “It Ain’t Over” there has to be a place where the tide turns, “A Moment in the Middle.”
In the middle of it all, there is always a moment, no matter what you are going through.
In the middle of any movie there is that one moment. In the middle of a game there is that one moment. In the middle of an MMA fight there is a moment.
The question is not if there is a moment, but will you recognize the moment?
God never said, “There will not be Goliaths in your life.” He said “Goliaths should not be ruling your life.”
Repetition in scripture is always a key of emphasis. When you see repetition, it is an attention-grabbing moment that you need to pay close attention to.
Example: Jesus would say “Mary, Mary” or “Truly, Truly”
When you call the name of your kid two times it is an “attention-grabbing” moment.
In this text it is verse 26 and 36.
Vs. 26 “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine”
Vs. 36 “this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them”
It always starts with a spiritual perspective of the problem. If all you see is what you see, you do not see all there is to be seen.
If all you are looking at is the visible, physical and not the invisible, spiritual then you will not see the invisible, spiritual cause of the visible, physical reality of the Goliath you now face.
The Army was seeing the visible, physical.
David was seeing the invisible, spiritual; he was seeing Who he was aligned with and who Goliath wasn’t.
Alignment is crucial for the assignment.
Many people pray for power, instead we need to pray for alignment. When alignment is not in place power can never be used to its full capacity.
Example: Cars, Backs and Covenants.
You must always start with the spiritual before you try to fix the social, economic, physical, financial…. I Corinthians 4:18 “…as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
What have you been running away from that God is calling you to run to?
34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it.
Some of us have been running away from a Father that we are supposed to be running to.
Some of us have been running away from a battle we are supposed to be running to.
“35 I went after it,”
David knew Who he could call on because he knew Who his covenant was with.
I Samuel 17:45 “45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
Name: Lord of Hosts - Hosts means Armies
David was in covenant, not with a sling and stone but in covenant with the Lord God of Armies.
He “went after” the “Goliath” in front of him because the Lord God of Armies aligned with him.
How is your alignment this morning?
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