20th September 2018

God’s Warrior

“You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the Name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”
1 Samuel 17:45 (NIV)

Have you ever read the story of David and Goliath? (1 Samuel 17:32-51). And if you have; did you consider the courage of this teenage shepherd boy as he took on the full might of this Philistine giant? And did you also realise that it wasn’t his fight? King Saul should have met the Philistine himself in defence of his people Israel, or at least have chosen a champion to do battle on his behalf. But no one would stand in the breach, nobody had the courage to make that decision—David volunteered! (Verse 32).

David wasn’t a trained warrior, he simply looked after his father’s sheep, and so Goliath scorned him (Verses 41-44). Notice, He cursed him by his gods! You’ll also have noticed that David came to this fight armed only with his slingshot, but he came in the name of the Lord Almighty! There is great power in that name! On that day David became a warrior for God and would one day be King of Israel and God himself would call him “A man after his own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14 & Acts 13:22).

David was one of the great ancestors of Jesus—in fact the term “Son of David” was used often to refer to him in the gospels. Jesus also stood in the breach for us; so that by his sinless life and his sacrificial death he has liberated us from the three giants that confront us daily—Sin, Satan and Death—and like his courageous ancestor, he too volunteered! Jesus tells us this: “If the Son of man liberates you (makes you free men), then you are really and unquestionably free” (John 8:36 AMPC).

So, we have been liberated, set free by the Son of God, but for what purpose? Paul fills in the blanks here: “For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another” Galatians 5:13 NRSV).

Victory over our giants didn’t come cheaply or easily, it demanded the death of God’s Son in our place to pay a price that we couldn’t pay on our own. So now we are free of these giants, and should be “lost in wonder, love and praise” as one hymn says!

Prayer
Father, thank you for freedom through the precious gift of your Son and that in his name there is power.
Amen

Study by Cliff Neill
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About the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON
LU1 5JE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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