Monday, February 28, 2011

Slaying Giants - Entry 17

Using the historical account recorded in 1 Samuel 17 as a metaphor for the cultural battles raging in the nations we next read, “Thus David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and he struck the Philistine and killed him; but there was no sword in David’s hand. Then David ran and stood over the Philistine and took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it. When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled. And the men of Israel and Judah arose and shouted and pursued the Philistines as far as the valley, and to the gates of Ekron. And the slain Philistines lay along the way to Shaaraim, even to Gath and Ekron. And the sons of Israel returned from chasing the Philistines and plundered their camps. Then David took the Philistine’s head and brought it to Jerusalem, but he put his weapons in his tent.” (1 Samuel 17:50-54)

In this entry, I would like to make a simple point. We have seen that the Philistines, the enemy of the people of God, had managed to taunt and frighten the Israelites into inactivity. The inactivity was a manifestation of fear. There were things they would like to have done to the Philistines but refrained due to fear, uncertainty and insecurity. They needed a true leader, a hero. David assumed that role. Against significant odds, David faced an opponent to whom most people expected him to lose. David prevailed! Not until David had defeated the Philistine champion did the rest of the Israelite army act upon their desire to engage and defeat the foe. Preceding this bold move was ridicule and accompanying this effort was great risk. David’s victory over Goliath served to inspire the rest of the troupes into action and opened the door to further victory. Each generation and culture needs such leaders and heroes, men and women who can see the enemy properly, have a vision for victory and boldness to engage the opposition. We desperately need such men and women today.

“Who will stand up for me against evildoers? Who will take his stand for me against those who do wickedness?” (Psalm 94:16, NASB)

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