God's Giant Slayer

17/06/2018 13:12
Date: 14 June, 2018
Text: The Story of David and Goliath 1 Samuel 17
Title: God's Giant Slayer
Theme:
Proposition:
Rhetorical:
Introduction:
 
As we come to our story this morning, we find David arriving in the valley of Elah.
 
I've been there - is is a valley perhaps 300 meters wide with small hill sides on either side and a brook running through the middle.
 
David is running an errand for his father and bringing messages (food) to Saul's army and taking different messages (knews of the son's welfare) back.
17  And Jesse said unto David his son, Take now for thy brethren an ephah of this parched corn, and these ten loaves, and run to the camp to thy brethren;
18  And carry these ten cheeses unto the captain of their thousand, and look how thy brethren fare, and take their pledge.
 
There is much excitement in the Israelite camp as David arrives because of a Giant - Goliath.
22  And David left his carriage in the hand of the keeper of the carriage, and ran into the army, and came and saluted his brethren.
23  And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Philistines, and spake according to the same words: and David heard them.
24  And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid.
25  And the men of Israel said, Have ye seen this man that is come up? surely to defy Israel is he come up: and it shall be, that the man who killeth him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father's house free in Israel.
26  And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?
27  And the people answered him after this manner, saying, So shall it be done to the man that killeth him.
 
God promoted David. David went from servant shepherd of Jesse's sheep to King of Israel.
 
God blessed David - Davidic Covenant (Messiah through his lineage). David is a wonderful example of the valient Christian who is willing to stand up against the enemies of God.
 
Perhaps here we find the best answer of what will be done to the man that killeth the enemies of God. David was a giant slayer for God.
 
I want to preach a message this morning entitled, "God's Giant Slayer."
 
We need some giant slayers for God! Are you killing any giants for God?
 
A giant slayer has a heart for God.
 exp. It does not matter how good you look on the outside. When it comes to slaying giants, what matters is what is on the inside.
ill. King Saul - was a big man - but he was a big failure as well because his pride brought him low.
1Sa 15:17  And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the LORD anointed thee king over Israel?
 exp. Samuel naturally expected the next king to be a big man. 
1Sa 16:6  And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the LORD'S anointed is before him.
7  But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.
8  Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this.
9  Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by. And he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this.
10  Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, The LORD hath not chosen these.
11  And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither.
12  And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he.
ill. Hudson Taylor had a big heart for God. He was a sickly child and not that great in health. 
 ill. Gladys Aylword was refused missionary service as was Amy Carmichael.
app. Do you want to be chosen by God for special service? Focus on developing a HEART FOR GOD! - Act 13:22  And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.
 
II.  A giant slayer is enabled by the Spirit of God.
1 Samuel 16:13  Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.
14  But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.
exp. Oh, the contrasts between David and Saul. (pride/humility) (spirit filled/ spirit departed) 
ill. Saul thought he was a great king. He had forgotten that he was greatly enabled.
ill. Samson likewise had lost the Spirit of God through pride.
Judges 16:20  And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him.
21  But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison house.
exp. The Spirit of God's presence is so suttle that a man may forget that what He is doing is not himself doing it.
 exp. David had God's Spirit and he would not easily be separated from God's Spirit
Psa 51:11  Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
app. A giant slayer understands that His enablement is not natural - but supernatural. He is one who is annointed by the Spirit of God. 
 
 
III. A giant slayer cares about the glory of God.
A. David was hearing the enemy just like the rest of God's army.
23  And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Philistines, and spake according to the same words: and David heard them.
exp. The whole army heard this - but the Giant slayer was burdened by what He heard. 
 note: The whole church knows ....
1.) Few are being saved.
2.) Few are being told.
3.) Many are compromising.
4.) Christianity is under atack and losing 
- intolerance - absolute truth - creation - marriage....
app. Are you burdened by it and wanting to do something? Do you hear those words in your heart or just in your head? Do you care about God's glory?
B. David voiced his objection to this enemy of God.
1Sa 17:26  And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?
exp. He is going to get some backlash as we shall see from this bold statement. But, he doesn't care - he just cares about the glory of God! "The giant is defying the armies of the living God!"
ill. William Carey - proposed that they should do something about the fact that the indian people were dying without the truth of the Gospel! He knew it wouldn't be a popular statement - but he didn't care - HE WANTED TO SEE GOD GLORIFIED IN INDIA.
app. Have you spoken to anyone about your desire to see God glorified over His enemies? A giant slayer cares about the glory of God!
 
IV.  A giant slayer properly identifies the enemy of God.
1Sa 17:26  And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?
A. They are not in God's covenant relationship. "UNCIRCUMCISED."
 exp. Circumicisions was the sign of the Abrahamic covenant agreement with God.
Genesis 17:
10  This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.
14  And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.
app. Israel was God's people - those who were uncircumcised were not.
B. They are a wicked and rebelious people. "PHILISTINE"
 exp. The Philistine's were the most well known of the enemies of Israel. They were located along the Mediterannean Sea. 
Joshua 13
1  Now Joshua was old and stricken in years; and the LORD said unto him, Thou art old and stricken in years, and there remaineth yet very much land to be possessed.
2  This is the land that yet remaineth: all the borders of the Philistines, and all Geshuri,
Israel, under Joshua, had not completely defeated them and so they continued to battle them in future generations.
app. If only previous generations had taken care of the enemies of God - David would never have faced Goliath.
C. They are the enemies of the LIVING GOD!
 "Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?"
 exp. Who was Goliath in comparison to God? He was less than nothing.
app. How do you view the enemy of God today?
1.) As outside of God's covenant. (Ecumenism denies that - worship God as you see fit.)
2.) As the wicked. (Contemporary Christianity denies that - worship God without holiness.)
3.) As the enemy of the living God. (God is love - forgetting that they oppose Him!)
app. A giant slayer identifies the enemy for who he is - outside God's covenant, wicked, enemies of the living God.
 
V.  A giant slayer is unfazed by opposition.
 exp. As soon as David speaks out for God's glory - he is immediately opposed by family.
1Sa 17:28  And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men;
ill. Jesus faced the same opposition in his own family.
John 7:2  Now the Jews' feast of tabernacles was at hand.
3  His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest.
4  For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world.
5  For neither did his brethren believe in him.
6  Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready.
7  The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.
 app. The sympathetic high priest and David know how it feels to be opposed by family.
A. The anger of loved ones.
...and Eliab's anger was kindled against David....
exp. He had been overlooked as king and David had been annointed. We find rooted in his heart the same sin as Saul. He is a very proud man and David is suffering because of his pride.
Psa 119:51  The proud have had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined from thy law.
Psa 119:69  The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart.
Psa 119:85  The proud have digged pits for me, which are not after thy law.
app. Don't be suprised by opposition even from family. Those who slay giants faced the same from the proud of their day.
B. Though his authority be questioned.
... and he said, Why camest thou down hither.
exp. David was their because His authority had commanded him to go. Eliab is suggesting that he wasn't there under authority but without authority.
app. What right do you have to fight for God? 
Jud 1:3  Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
C. Though his position be belittled.
"...and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness?"
exp. You are just a lowly shepherd David. You don't even have a large flock. Remember your place shepherd boy!
app. Have you had anyone try to put you in your place - instead of in the place where God has put you?
2Co 5:20  Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
D. Though accused of pride and wickedness.
"I know thy pride and the naughtiness of thine heart;"
exp. Really - I thought only God could see David's heart. Even Samuel couldn't see the inside. Pride will perhaps be evident outwardly and yet David's heart was pure from these accusations.
app. Careful friend - we like to think we can see internally but we can't. When you stand for Jesus be prepared to have some try to judge your heart.
E. Though having his motives judged.
"...for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle."
exp. I know what motivated your arrival - your like a little child at a circus - you have come to see the excitement in which your brothers are participants - you spectator!
app. Have you been the subject of an attack from one who should have strengthened your hands? Does it surprise you? Giant Slayers are unfazed by the opposition even when it comes from close proximity.
 
VI. A giant slayer puts himself forward to serve God.
24  And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid.
32 And David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.
exp. Isaiah's response was the same - "Then said I, Lord, here am I, send me."
note: God's army is a volunteer army of those who are called.
ill. Judson's biography on the mantle in my office - red book with picture along the spine of Judson with feet lifted off of ground during imprisonment - JUDSON HERO OF BURMA. He went to lay down his life for the people of Burma to receive the Gospel - he prevailed.
app. What is keeping you from putting yourself forward for God? (The rest of the army was letting fear keep them from volunteering - but not David.)
 
VII. A giant slayer trust completely in God.
exp. David and Goliath is a story of what can be accomplished when a man puts his trust in the living God.
A. Not in His armor.
38  And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail.
39  And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him.
40  And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.
exp. David could have been well armed - but it would have violated His dependence upon God alone and His use of the gifts which God had given to Him.
 app. Don't have great gifts, are you young - no worries - Just take what you have and go with God.
B. Not in His military might.
41  And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David; and the man that bare the shield went before him.
42  And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance.
43  And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.
44  And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.
45  Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
exp. David needed nothing other that the "I AM." Jehovah (who's name represented Himself) was the only banner needed by David. THE LORD OF HOSTS!
App. Is it just a great story - or is THE LORD OF HOSTS YOUR GOD AS WELL? Why can't you step up to slay some giants?
 
VIII. A giant slayer is bold for God.
46  This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls 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 all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD'S, and he will give you into our hands.
48  And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.
49  And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth.
50  So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.
51  Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.
app. I wonder how the battle would have ended without God in His mercy sending a giant slayer. A man of incredible boldness - BECAUSE HE KNEW HIS GOD.
 
CONCLUSION: "ARE THERE NO FOES FOR ME TO FACE, MUST I NOT STEM THE FLOOD,.... SURE I MUST FIGHT IF I WOULD REIGN INCREASE MY COURAGE LORD."
 
Will you slay any giants for the Lord? We need giant slayers. The church is cowering from her enemies.
1.) A giant slayer has a heart for God.
2.) A giant slayer is enabled by the Spirit of God.
3.) A giant slayer cares about the glory of God.
4.) A giant slayer properly identifies the enemy of God.
5.) A giant slayer is unfazed by opposition.
6.) A giant slayer puts himself forward to serve God.
7.) A giant slayer trusts completely in God.

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Date: 14 June, 2018

Text: The Story of David and Goliath 1 Samuel 17

Title: God's Giant Slayer

 

Introduction:

 

As we come to our story this morning, we find David arriving in the valley of Elah.

 

I've been there - is is a valley perhaps 300 meters wide with small hill sides on either side and a brook running through the middle.

 

David is running an errand for his father and bringing messages (food) to Saul's army and taking different messages (knews of the son's welfare) back.

17  And Jesse said unto David his son, Take now for thy brethren an ephah of this parched corn, and these ten loaves, and run to the camp to thy brethren;

18  And carry these ten cheeses unto the captain of their thousand, and look how thy brethren fare, and take their pledge.

 

There is much excitement in the Israelite camp as David arrives because of a Giant - Goliath.

22  And David left his carriage in the hand of the keeper of the carriage, and ran into the army, and came and saluted his brethren.

23  And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Philistines, and spake according to the same words: and David heard them.

24  And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid.

25  And the men of Israel said, Have ye seen this man that is come up? surely to defy Israel is he come up: and it shall be, that the man who killeth him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father's house free in Israel.

26  And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?

27  And the people answered him after this manner, saying, So shall it be done to the man that killeth him.

 

God promoted David. David went from servant shepherd of Jesse's sheep to King of Israel.

 

God blessed David - Davidic Covenant (Messiah through his lineage). David is a wonderful example of the valient Christian who is willing to stand up against the enemies of God.

 

Perhaps here we find the best answer of what will be done to the man that killeth the enemies of God. David was a giant slayer for God.

 

I want to preach a message this morning entitled, "God's Giant Slayer."

 

We need some giant slayers for God! Are you killing any giants for God?

 

A giant slayer has a heart for God.

 exp. It does not matter how good you look on the outside. When it comes to slaying giants, what matters is what is on the inside.

ill. King Saul - was a big man - but he was a big failure as well because his pride brought him low.

1Sa 15:17  And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the LORD anointed thee king over Israel?

 exp. Samuel naturally expected the next king to be a big man. 

1Sa 16:6  And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the LORD'S anointed is before him.

7  But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

8  Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this.

9  Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by. And he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this.

10  Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, The LORD hath not chosen these.

11  And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither.

12  And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he.

ill. Hudson Taylor had a big heart for God. He was a sickly child and not that great in health. 

 ill. Gladys Aylword was refused missionary service as was Amy Carmichael.

app. Do you want to be chosen by God for special service? Focus on developing a HEART FOR GOD! - Act 13:22  And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.

 

II.  A giant slayer is enabled by the Spirit of God.

1 Samuel 16:13  Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.

14  But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.

exp. Oh, the contrasts between David and Saul. (pride/humility) (spirit filled/ spirit departed) 

ill. Saul thought he was a great king. He had forgotten that he was greatly enabled.

ill. Samson likewise had lost the Spirit of God through pride.

Judges 16:20  And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him.

21  But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison house.

exp. The Spirit of God's presence is so suttle that a man may forget that what He is doing is not himself doing it.

 exp. David had God's Spirit and he would not easily be separated from God's Spirit

Psa 51:11  Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

app. A giant slayer understands that His enablement is not natural - but supernatural. He is one who is annointed by the Spirit of God. 

 

 

III. A giant slayer cares about the glory of God.

A. David was hearing the enemy just like the rest of God's army.

23  And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Philistines, and spake according to the same words: and David heard them.

exp. The whole army heard this - but the Giant slayer was burdened by what He heard. 

 note: The whole church knows ....

1.) Few are being saved.

2.) Few are being told.

3.) Many are compromising.

4.) Christianity is under atack and losing 

- intolerance - absolute truth - creation - marriage....

app. Are you burdened by it and wanting to do something? Do you hear those words in your heart or just in your head? Do you care about God's glory?

B. David voiced his objection to this enemy of God.

1Sa 17:26  And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?

exp. He is going to get some backlash as we shall see from this bold statement. But, he doesn't care - he just cares about the glory of God! "The giant is defying the armies of the living God!"

ill. William Carey - proposed that they should do something about the fact that the indian people were dying without the truth of the Gospel! He knew it wouldn't be a popular statement - but he didn't care - HE WANTED TO SEE GOD GLORIFIED IN INDIA.

app. Have you spoken to anyone about your desire to see God glorified over His enemies? A giant slayer cares about the glory of God!

 

IV.  A giant slayer properly identifies the enemy of God.

1Sa 17:26  And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?

A. They are not in God's covenant relationship. "UNCIRCUMCISED."

 exp. Circumicisions was the sign of the Abrahamic covenant agreement with God.

Genesis 17:

10  This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.

14  And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.

app. Israel was God's people - those who were uncircumcised were not.

B. They are a wicked and rebelious people. "PHILISTINE"

 exp. The Philistine's were the most well known of the enemies of Israel. They were located along the Mediterannean Sea. 

Joshua 13

1  Now Joshua was old and stricken in years; and the LORD said unto him, Thou art old and stricken in years, and there remaineth yet very much land to be possessed.

2  This is the land that yet remaineth: all the borders of the Philistines, and all Geshuri,

Israel, under Joshua, had not completely defeated them and so they continued to battle them in future generations.

app. If only previous generations had taken care of the enemies of God - David would never have faced Goliath.

C. They are the enemies of the LIVING GOD!

 "Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?"

 exp. Who was Goliath in comparison to God? He was less than nothing.

app. How do you view the enemy of God today?

1.) As outside of God's covenant. (Ecumenism denies that - worship God as you see fit.)

2.) As the wicked. (Contemporary Christianity denies that - worship God without holiness.)

3.) As the enemy of the living God. (God is love - forgetting that they oppose Him!)

app. A giant slayer identifies the enemy for who he is - outside God's covenant, wicked, enemies of the living God.

 

V.  A giant slayer is unfazed by opposition.

 exp. As soon as David speaks out for God's glory - he is immediately opposed by family.

1Sa 17:28  And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men;

ill. Jesus faced the same opposition in his own family.

John 7:2  Now the Jews' feast of tabernacles was at hand.

3  His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest.

4  For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world.

5  For neither did his brethren believe in him.

6  Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready.

7  The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.

 app. The sympathetic high priest and David know how it feels to be opposed by family.

A. The anger of loved ones.

...and Eliab's anger was kindled against David....

exp. He had been overlooked as king and David had been annointed. We find rooted in his heart the same sin as Saul. He is a very proud man and David is suffering because of his pride.

Psa 119:51  The proud have had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined from thy law.

Psa 119:69  The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart.

Psa 119:85  The proud have digged pits for me, which are not after thy law.

app. Don't be suprised by opposition even from family. Those who slay giants faced the same from the proud of their day.

B. Though his authority be questioned.

... and he said, Why camest thou down hither.

exp. David was their because His authority had commanded him to go. Eliab is suggesting that he wasn't there under authority but without authority.

app. What right do you have to fight for God? 

Jud 1:3  Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

C. Though his position be belittled.

"...and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness?"

exp. You are just a lowly shepherd David. You don't even have a large flock. Remember your place shepherd boy!

app. Have you had anyone try to put you in your place - instead of in the place where God has put you?

2Co 5:20  Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.

D. Though accused of pride and wickedness.

"I know thy pride and the naughtiness of thine heart;"

exp. Really - I thought only God could see David's heart. Even Samuel couldn't see the inside. Pride will perhaps be evident outwardly and yet David's heart was pure from these accusations.

app. Careful friend - we like to think we can see internally but we can't. When you stand for Jesus be prepared to have some try to judge your heart.

E. Though having his motives judged.

"...for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle."

exp. I know what motivated your arrival - your like a little child at a circus - you have come to see the excitement in which your brothers are participants - you spectator!

app. Have you been the subject of an attack from one who should have strengthened your hands? Does it surprise you? Giant Slayers are unfazed by the opposition even when it comes from close proximity.

 

VI. A giant slayer puts himself forward to serve God.

24  And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid.

32 And David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.

exp. Isaiah's response was the same - "Then said I, Lord, here am I, send me."

note: God's army is a volunteer army of those who are called.

ill. Judson's biography on the mantle in my office - red book with picture along the spine of Judson with feet lifted off of ground during imprisonment - JUDSON HERO OF BURMA. He went to lay down his life for the people of Burma to receive the Gospel - he prevailed.

app. What is keeping you from putting yourself forward for God? (The rest of the army was letting fear keep them from volunteering - but not David.)

 

VII. A giant slayer trust completely in God.

exp. David and Goliath is a story of what can be accomplished when a man puts his trust in the living God.

A. Not in His armor.

38  And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail.

39  And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him.

40  And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.

exp. David could have been well armed - but it would have violated His dependence upon God alone and His use of the gifts which God had given to Him.

 app. Don't have great gifts, are you young - no worries - Just take what you have and go with God.

B. Not in His military might.

41  And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David; and the man that bare the shield went before him.

42  And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance.

43  And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.

44  And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.

45  Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.

exp. David needed nothing other that the "I AM." Jehovah (who's name represented Himself) was the only banner needed by David. THE LORD OF HOSTS!

App. Is it just a great story - or is THE LORD OF HOSTS YOUR GOD AS WELL? Why can't you step up to slay some giants?

 

VIII. A giant slayer is bold for God.

46  This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls 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 all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD'S, and he will give you into our hands.

48  And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.

49  And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth.

50  So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.

51  Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.

app. I wonder how the battle would have ended without God in His mercy sending a giant slayer. A man of incredible boldness - BECAUSE HE KNEW HIS GOD.

 

CONCLUSION: "ARE THERE NO FOES FOR ME TO FACE, MUST I NOT STEM THE FLOOD,.... SURE I MUST FIGHT IF I WOULD REIGN INCREASE MY COURAGE LORD."

 

Will you slay any giants for the Lord? We need giant slayers. The church is cowering from her enemies.

1.) A giant slayer has a heart for God.

2.) A giant slayer is enabled by the Spirit of God.

3.) A giant slayer cares about the glory of God.

4.) A giant slayer properly identifies the enemy of God.

5.) A giant slayer is unfazed by opposition.

6.) A giant slayer puts himself forward to serve God.

7.) A giant slayer trusts completely in God.

 

8.) A giant slayer is bold for God.

8.) A giant slayer is bold for God. Date: 14 June, 2018
Text: The Story of David and Goliath 1 Samuel 17
Title: God's Giant Slayer
Theme:
Proposition:
Rhetorical:
Introduction:
 
As we come to our story this morning, we find David arriving in the valley of Elah.
 
I've been there - is is a valley perhaps 300 meters wide with small hill sides on either side and a brook running through the middle.
 
David is running an errand for his father and bringing messages (food) to Saul's army and taking different messages (knews of the son's welfare) back.
17  And Jesse said unto David his son, Take now for thy brethren an ephah of this parched corn, and these ten loaves, and run to the camp to thy brethren;
18  And carry these ten cheeses unto the captain of their thousand, and look how thy brethren fare, and take their pledge.
 
There is much excitement in the Israelite camp as David arrives because of a Giant - Goliath.
22  And David left his carriage in the hand of the keeper of the carriage, and ran into the army, and came and saluted his brethren.
23  And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Philistines, and spake according to the same words: and David heard them.
24  And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid.
25  And the men of Israel said, Have ye seen this man that is come up? surely to defy Israel is he come up: and it shall be, that the man who killeth him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father's house free in Israel.
26  And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?
27  And the people answered him after this manner, saying, So shall it be done to the man that killeth him.
 
God promoted David. David went from servant shepherd of Jesse's sheep to King of Israel.
 
God blessed David - Davidic Covenant (Messiah through his lineage). David is a wonderful example of the valient Christian who is willing to stand up against the enemies of God.
 
Perhaps here we find the best answer of what will be done to the man that killeth the enemies of God. David was a giant slayer for God.
 
I want to preach a message this morning entitled, "God's Giant Slayer."
 
We need some giant slayers for God! Are you killing any giants for God?
 
A giant slayer has a heart for God.
 exp. It does not matter how good you look on the outside. When it comes to slaying giants, what matters is what is on the inside.
ill. King Saul - was a big man - but he was a big failure as well because his pride brought him low.
1Sa 15:17  And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the LORD anointed thee king over Israel?
 exp. Samuel naturally expected the next king to be a big man. 
1Sa 16:6  And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the LORD'S anointed is before him.
7  But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.
8  Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this.
9  Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by. And he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this.
10  Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, The LORD hath not chosen these.
11  And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither.
12  And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he.
ill. Hudson Taylor had a big heart for God. He was a sickly child and not that great in health. 
 ill. Gladys Aylword was refused missionary service as was Amy Carmichael.
app. Do you want to be chosen by God for special service? Focus on developing a HEART FOR GOD! - Act 13:22  And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.
 
II.  A giant slayer is enabled by the Spirit of God.
1 Samuel 16:13  Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.
14  But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.
exp. Oh, the contrasts between David and Saul. (pride/humility) (spirit filled/ spirit departed) 
ill. Saul thought he was a great king. He had forgotten that he was greatly enabled.
ill. Samson likewise had lost the Spirit of God through pride.
Judges 16:20  And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him.
21  But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison house.
exp. The Spirit of God's presence is so suttle that a man may forget that what He is doing is not himself doing it.
 exp. David had God's Spirit and he would not easily be separated from God's Spirit
Psa 51:11  Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
app. A giant slayer understands that His enablement is not natural - but supernatural. He is one who is annointed by the Spirit of God. 
 
 
III. A giant slayer cares about the glory of God.
A. David was hearing the enemy just like the rest of God's army.
23  And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Philistines, and spake according to the same words: and David heard them.
exp. The whole army heard this - but the Giant slayer was burdened by what He heard. 
 note: The whole church knows ....
1.) Few are being saved.
2.) Few are being told.
3.) Many are compromising.
4.) Christianity is under atack and losing 
- intolerance - absolute truth - creation - marriage....
app. Are you burdened by it and wanting to do something? Do you hear those words in your heart or just in your head? Do you care about God's glory?
B. David voiced his objection to this enemy of God.
1Sa 17:26  And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?
exp. He is going to get some backlash as we shall see from this bold statement. But, he doesn't care - he just cares about the glory of God! "The giant is defying the armies of the living God!"
ill. William Carey - proposed that they should do something about the fact that the indian people were dying without the truth of the Gospel! He knew it wouldn't be a popular statement - but he didn't care - HE WANTED TO SEE GOD GLORIFIED IN INDIA.
app. Have you spoken to anyone about your desire to see God glorified over His enemies? A giant slayer cares about the glory of God!
 
IV.  A giant slayer properly identifies the enemy of God.
1Sa 17:26  And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?
A. They are not in God's covenant relationship. "UNCIRCUMCISED."
 exp. Circumicisions was the sign of the Abrahamic covenant agreement with God.
Genesis 17:
10  This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.
14  And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.
app. Israel was God's people - those who were uncircumcised were not.
B. They are a wicked and rebelious people. "PHILISTINE"
 exp. The Philistine's were the most well known of the enemies of Israel. They were located along the Mediterannean Sea. 
Joshua 13
1  Now Joshua was old and stricken in years; and the LORD said unto him, Thou art old and stricken in years, and there remaineth yet very much land to be possessed.
2  This is the land that yet remaineth: all the borders of the Philistines, and all Geshuri,
Israel, under Joshua, had not completely defeated them and so they continued to battle them in future generations.
app. If only previous generations had taken care of the enemies of God - David would never have faced Goliath.
C. They are the enemies of the LIVING GOD!
 "Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?"
 exp. Who was Goliath in comparison to God? He was less than nothing.
app. How do you view the enemy of God today?
1.) As outside of God's covenant. (Ecumenism denies that - worship God as you see fit.)
2.) As the wicked. (Contemporary Christianity denies that - worship God without holiness.)
3.) As the enemy of the living God. (God is love - forgetting that they oppose Him!)
app. A giant slayer identifies the enemy for who he is - outside God's covenant, wicked, enemies of the living God.
 
V.  A giant slayer is unfazed by opposition.
 exp. As soon as David speaks out for God's glory - he is immediately opposed by family.
1Sa 17:28  And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men;
ill. Jesus faced the same opposition in his own family.
John 7:2  Now the Jews' feast of tabernacles was at hand.
3  His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest.
4  For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world.
5  For neither did his brethren believe in him.
6  Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready.
7  The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.
 app. The sympathetic high priest and David know how it feels to be opposed by family.
A. The anger of loved ones.
...and Eliab's anger was kindled against David....
exp. He had been overlooked as king and David had been annointed. We find rooted in his heart the same sin as Saul. He is a very proud man and David is suffering because of his pride.
Psa 119:51  The proud have had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined from thy law.
Psa 119:69  The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart.
Psa 119:85  The proud have digged pits for me, which are not after thy law.
app. Don't be suprised by opposition even from family. Those who slay giants faced the same from the proud of their day.
B. Though his authority be questioned.
... and he said, Why camest thou down hither.
exp. David was their because His authority had commanded him to go. Eliab is suggesting that he wasn't there under authority but without authority.
app. What right do you have to fight for God? 
Jud 1:3  Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
C. Though his position be belittled.
"...and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness?"
exp. You are just a lowly shepherd David. You don't even have a large flock. Remember your place shepherd boy!
app. Have you had anyone try to put you in your place - instead of in the place where God has put you?
2Co 5:20  Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
D. Though accused of pride and wickedness.
"I know thy pride and the naughtiness of thine heart;"
exp. Really - I thought only God could see David's heart. Even Samuel couldn't see the inside. Pride will perhaps be evident outwardly and yet David's heart was pure from these accusations.
app. Careful friend - we like to think we can see internally but we can't. When you stand for Jesus be prepared to have some try to judge your heart.
E. Though having his motives judged.
"...for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle."
exp. I know what motivated your arrival - your like a little child at a circus - you have come to see the excitement in which your brothers are participants - you spectator!
app. Have you been the subject of an attack from one who should have strengthened your hands? Does it surprise you? Giant Slayers are unfazed by the opposition even when it comes from close proximity.
 
VI. A giant slayer puts himself forward to serve God.
24  And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid.
32 And David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.
exp. Isaiah's response was the same - "Then said I, Lord, here am I, send me."
note: God's army is a volunteer army of those who are called.
ill. Judson's biography on the mantle in my office - red book with picture along the spine of Judson with feet lifted off of ground during imprisonment - JUDSON HERO OF BURMA. He went to lay down his life for the people of Burma to receive the Gospel - he prevailed.
app. What is keeping you from putting yourself forward for God? (The rest of the army was letting fear keep them from volunteering - but not David.)
 
VII. A giant slayer trust completely in God.
exp. David and Goliath is a story of what can be accomplished when a man puts his trust in the living God.
A. Not in His armor.
38  And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail.
39  And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him.
40  And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.
exp. David could have been well armed - but it would have violated His dependence upon God alone and His use of the gifts which God had given to Him.
 app. Don't have great gifts, are you young - no worries - Just take what you have and go with God.
B. Not in His military might.
41  And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David; and the man that bare the shield went before him.
42  And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance.
43  And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.
44  And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.
45  Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
exp. David needed nothing other that the "I AM." Jehovah (who's name represented Himself) was the only banner needed by David. THE LORD OF HOSTS!
App. Is it just a great story - or is THE LORD OF HOSTS YOUR GOD AS WELL? Why can't you step up to slay some giants?
 
VIII. A giant slayer is bold for God.
46  This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls 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 all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD'S, and he will give you into our hands.
48  And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.
49  And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth.
50  So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.
51  Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.
app. I wonder how the battle would have ended without God in His mercy sending a giant slayer. A man of incredible boldness - BECAUSE HE KNEW HIS GOD.
 
CONCLUSION: "ARE THERE NO FOES FOR ME TO FACE, MUST I NOT STEM THE FLOOD,.... SURE I MUST FIGHT IF I WOULD REIGN INCREASE MY COURAGE LORD."
 
Will you slay any giants for the Lord? We need giant slayers. The church is cowering from her enemies.
1.) A giant slayer has a heart for God.
2.) A giant slayer is enabled by the Spirit of God.
3.) A giant slayer cares about the glory of God.
4.) A giant slayer properly identifies the enemy of God.
5.) A giant slayer is unfazed by opposition.
6.) A giant slayer puts himself forward to serve God.
7.) A giant slayer trusts completely in God.
8.) A giant slayer is bold for God.