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We Need a King: Part 15

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I. We have a gigantic problem

I. We have a gigantic problem.

I. We have a gigantic problem.

1 Samuel 17:1–11 ESV
1 Now the Philistines gathered their armies for battle. And they were gathered at Socoh, which belongs to Judah, and encamped between Socoh and Azekah, in Ephes-dammim. 2 And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered, and encamped in the Valley of Elah, and drew up in line of battle against the Philistines. 3 And the Philistines stood on the mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on the mountain on the other side, with a valley between them. 4 And there came out from the camp of the Philistines a champion named Goliath of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. 5 He had a helmet of bronze on his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail, and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of bronze. 6 And he had bronze armor on his legs, and a javelin of bronze slung between his shoulders. 7 The shaft of his spear was like a weaver’s beam, and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron. And his shield-bearer went before him. 8 He stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why have you come out to draw up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. 9 If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.” 10 And the Philistine said, “I defy the ranks of Israel this day. Give me a man, that we may fight together.” 11 When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.
1 Samuel 17:1–11 ESV
1 Now the Philistines gathered their armies for battle. And they were gathered at Socoh, which belongs to Judah, and encamped between Socoh and Azekah, in Ephes-dammim. 2 And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered, and encamped in the Valley of Elah, and drew up in line of battle against the Philistines. 3 And the Philistines stood on the mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on the mountain on the other side, with a valley between them. 4 And there came out from the camp of the Philistines a champion named Goliath of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. 5 He had a helmet of bronze on his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail, and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of bronze. 6 And he had bronze armor on his legs, and a javelin of bronze slung between his shoulders. 7 The shaft of his spear was like a weaver’s beam, and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron. And his shield-bearer went before him. 8 He stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why have you come out to draw up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. 9 If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.” 10 And the Philistine said, “I defy the ranks of Israel this day. Give me a man, that we may fight together.” 11 When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.
1 sam 17:1-
1 Samuel 17:5 LEB
A bronze helmet was on his head, and he was clothed with scale body armor; the weight of the body armor was five thousand bronze shekels.
It literally reads that his was clothed with Scales. Goliath is put forward intentionally as an ancient reptile - the serpent of old.

We face an overwhelming foe.

1 Samuel 17:5 LEB
5 A bronze helmet was on his head, and he was clothed with scale body armor; the weight of the body armor was five thousand bronze shekels.
1 Peter 5:8 ESV
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
1 Samuel 17:5 LEB
A bronze helmet was on his head, and he was clothed with scale body armor; the weight of the body armor was five thousand bronze shekels.
It literally reads that his was clothed with Scales. Goliath is put forward intentionally as an ancient reptile - the serpent of old.
1 Peter 5:8 ESV
8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
1 Peter 5:8 ESV
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

We are powerless against such an enemy.

J.D. Greear states it very well.
Humanity’s most serious and most fundamental problem— the problem behind all our problems— is our alienation from God. And just like Israel versus the giant, there is nothing any of us can do about that. We are the hoards of Israelites hiding in our tents, not dealing with the threat of sin, guilt, and death. God’s judgment looms over us, as terrifying as the giant Goliath, and we are powerless to stop it.

Our first step towards salvation is understanding our need for it.

Ben Franklin
"God helps those who help themselves"
That is not the teaching of the scriptures. This is humanism disguised with a thin veneer of religiosity.
Greear, J. D.; Thomas, Heath A.. Exalting Jesus in 1 & 2 Samuel (Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary) (Kindle Locations 2923-2924). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
Greear, J. D.; Thomas, Heath A.. Exalting Jesus in 1 & 2 Samuel (Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary) (Kindle Locations 2920-2922). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

II. We need a gracious provision.

The story of David and Goliath doesn’t teach us how to face the giant.

The story of David and Goliath teaches us who will face the giant.

1 Samuel 17:12 ESV
Now David was the son of an Ephrathite of Bethlehem in Judah, named Jesse, who had eight sons. In the days of Saul the man was already old and advanced in years.
1 Samuel 17:12 ESV
12 Now David was the son of an Ephrathite of Bethlehem in Judah, named Jesse, who had eight sons. In the days of Saul the man was already old and advanced in years.
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1 Samuel 17:31 ESV
When the words that David spoke were heard, they repeated them before Saul, and he sent for him.
1 Samuel 17:31 ESV
31 When the words that David spoke were heard, they repeated them before Saul, and he sent for him.

We don’t need to be courageous.

We need to be rescued.

Only the Anointed One can slay the giant and rescue the people.

1 Samuel 16:13 ESV
13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramah.
1 Samuel 16:13 ESV
13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramah.
David wins the victory in a very unconventional way. He doesn’t use the typical weapons of war.
1 Samuel 17:45–47 ESV
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. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. And I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, 47 and that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hand.”
Why does the bible take so much time showing us this truth. Because Davids fight and victory points us to another victory.
1 sam 17 45-47

Christ is the ultimate champion in whom we must trust.

Mark 1:9–13 ESV
9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” 12 The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13 And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.
Mark 1:9-

We do not follow the Christ as our example—rather, we trust in Jesus as our Saviour.

We fight in light of Christ’s decisive victory.

1 Samuel 17:50–52 ESV
So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. There was no sword in the hand of David. 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 rose with a shout and pursued the Philistines as far as Gath and the gates of Ekron, so that the wounded Philistines fell on the way from Shaaraim as far as Gath and Ekron.
1 Sam 17:50-52
J.D. Greear states:
The decisive victory has been won through the cross and resurrection. The snake is bound and our job is to plunder his camp, as we proclaim the victory of Christ and call people to submit to his liberating reign.
Chester, Tim. 1 Samuel For You: For reading, for feeding, for leading (God's Word For You) (p. 131). The Good Book Company. Kindle Edition.
We do not follow the Christ as our example—rather, we trust in Jesus as our Saviour.
Chester, Tim. 1 Samuel For You: For reading, for feeding, for leading (God's Word For You) (p. 125). The Good Book Company. Kindle Edition.
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