1 Samuel 15:1-16:23, John 8:1-20, Psalms 110:1-7, Proverbs 15:8-10
Today is the 15th day of May welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I’m Brian it’s great to be here with you as we move forward like every day. And we’re rounding the corner and moving ourselves into the end of another week together. It’s been an amazing week as we moved our way through first Samuel and learned of Samuel and…and now of King Saul and now we have moved into the part of the story where this man, actually this boy, David enters the picture. So, we’ll continue the journey. We’re reading from the New International Version this week. First Samuel 17 verse 1 through 18 verse 4 today.
Okay. So, in first Samuel today, obviously now if we we’re not certain about which David had kind of shown up on the scene in first Samuel, in Samuel’s life, in Saul’s life, in Israel’s life, it’s the David of the David and Goliath story, which is what we read today. And it’s fascinating to read that story because Valley the Valley of Elah exists and all those named cities where people were and how they were on hills, like these places exist and we were just there not too long ago. So, I’m just like reading the story and picturing the place and the brook that runs through in my….in my mind. And we get so much out of the story about David. And we should pay attention because, you know, there’s coming a point where David really will be front, and center and we will do a lot of traveling with David. But here, as with Samuel, right, we started Samuel’s story before he was even born with his mother crying out in Shiloh, Hannah crying out for a son. Here we get the story of David before David was, you know, “David”. So, he’s a shepherd, he’s taking care of his father’s sheep, he’s being sent back-and-forth from Bethlehem to the battle lines in the Valley of Elah, which is a little Southwest of Bethlehem. He’s bringing supplies to his brothers. He’s bringing gifts for these brother’s commanders. And, so, we can, read in there that Jesse, the father of these four boys, trying to keep them safe, right? Trying to send goodwill through the commanders by giving gifts. And David’s there and he hears the giant, and he starts asking questions and he finds out like there’s a big reward for killing this giant. David is, at least as described in the Bible, young, vibrant, healthy, vital, well-built, good-looking, strong. He’s these things. But he’s young and so he’s like, “wait, what? So, whoever kills that giant marries the king’s daughter, like doesn’t pay taxes? Like all these things happen? I’ll do…I’ll do it.” But it’s more than just ambition, like he’s upset that the Philistine army would dare defy the armies of the living God. So, eventually he’s brought before the king and eventually he tells the king, you know, “like…like I can do this.” Because the king’s like, “you’re a boy. Like this…you’re not…he’s a warrior. You can’t go fight him.” And David’s like, “I killed a bear, I killed a lion. This guy isn’t any more than those.” So, Saul’s finally convinced. He’s gonna let David go and try to fight this giant. It might be just counterintuitive enough to work, who knows. So, he puts his royal armor on David and David’s trying to walk around in it but he’s not used to it and doesn’t feel like him and it’s not a fighting style that he’s accustomed to and it’s just not gonna work. And, so, he basically says, “I can’t wear this armor. I have to…I have to do it my way.” And there is amazingly profound and important lesson just right there in that moment. David is preparing to go into battle. He feels the presence of God…like he feels…he’s defending the name of God in this moment, that the Philistine should defy the armies of the living God. So, he’s got that, and he has obvious skill with a slingshot and in defending the sheep, being a shepherd, but he can’t go fight that battle wearing somebody else’s clothes. He can’t go into battle wearing somebody else’s armor. Like are you getting the message here for our own lives? We have permission to be ourselves. We have to be ourselves. We’re necessary in God’s kingdom. It’s important that we be ourselves and fight the battles we are supposed to be in, not go into somebody else’s battle or not go into our battle wearing somebody else’s clothes, pretending to be something that we aren’t. David went into this battle, but he had to go as himself, which basically made him look defenseless, basically made him look like there is no chance. He just went as a shepherd. But as the story goes, he killed the warrior giant and cut off his head. So, let’s remember that as we go into our day. And it’s important to note here, everything has changed. Like we don’t quite understand the repercussions of this battle yet. Everything has changed. David from this moment is going from obscurity to like national hero in an instant. Like, you have to imagine David waking up that morning tending the sheep and everything and his father Jesse saying, “go check on your brothers.” Like, he didn’t know he was going to become a national hero by that evening. He didn’t know that everybody was gonna know his name within a few days. So, this is a huge turning point. And David’s fame because of this moment is gonna have profound effects on the king, King Saul, who we have already witnessed is deeply flawed in his fear of man, is deeply moved around by what people think of him. And, so, this moment of the slaying of Goliath will have a profound effect on him as well and we’ll see that in the days ahead.
Father, we thank You for Your words and we thank You that these stories, they’re riveting to read, and they’re rooted in places that are real and yet they speak to something so much deeper. Your word continually gets below the surface and starts speaking into the motivations of our hearts and we are thankful for that. We need that, that we are deeply grateful. This is why we come around the Global Campfire every day, to hear from You. And, so, we thank You for today. We thank You that we need to think about how it is we’re trying to fight a battle. We’re trying to fight that wearing somebody else’s clothes? We’re trying to fight that pretending we’re somebody we’re not? That explains so much. And, so, we invite Your Holy Spirit to come as we ponder these things today and shine the light of truth into our lives and show us how to make the necessary changes so that we can be who we must, ourselves who You created us to be. Come Holy Spirit into this we pray. In the name of Jesus, we ask. Amen.
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