Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Slaying Giants - Entry 14

“Then the Philistine came on and approached David, with the shield-bearer in front of him. When the Philistine looked and saw David, he disdained him; for he was but a youth, and ruddy, with a handsome appearance. And the Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. The Philistine also said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the sky and the beasts of the field.” Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, a spear, and 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 taunted. “This day the Lord will deliver you up into my hands, and I will strike you down and remove your head from you. And I will give the dead bodies of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the sky and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the Lord does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you into our hands.”

Goliath was a formidable enemy. Add to this impressive figure a shield-bearer and the odds of victory would seem to diminish. There are people in “high places” with impressive resources, seemingly untouchable, working contrary to the kingdom of God. Such people might tend to follow the example of Goliath as they look with disdain upon the pitiful little Christian people who have some sort of fairy tale existence and unattainable, backward agenda. There are many people in influential positions who are quite confident that their humanistic, secularized version of advancement will grow into an impervious utopia. I am confident that God’s design for social structure is superior to the manmade ideologies that often prevail for a time. The fact is that those who are resisting the ways of God are fighting against that which is best. Unfortunately, they must be removed, not in an attitude of hatred but out of a motivation of true love, Charles Finney insightfully stated that, “It is impossible that love to the whole should not manifest severity and indignation to the part which rebels against the interests of the whole.” I end with a wonderful Old Testament statement from the prophet Isaiah.

“Now it will come about that in the last days, the mountain of the house of the Lord will be established as the chief of the mountains, and will be raised above the hills; and all the nations will stream to it. And many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that He may teach us concerning His ways, and that we may walk in His paths.” For the law will go forth from Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And He will judge between the nations, and will render decisions for many peoples; and they will hammer their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, and never again will they learn war." (Isaiah 2:2-4, NASB)

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