South Park Sermon -- 11-23-07


Hymn of Praise: The Lord in Zion Reigneth

Scripture: I Samuel 17:47

Hymn of Consecration: Power in the Blood


Did you ever think of the story of David and Goliath as a Thanksgiving story? The story of David and Goliath is truly a Thanksgiving story – not only for the armies of Israel three thousand years ago, but of what the experience foreshadowed in what the “Son of David” has done for us and is doing for us and is still to do for us as we follow and love and obey Him.


Read whole chapter I Samuel 17


Now the Philistines gathered together their armies to battle , and were gathered together at Shochoh , which belongeth to Judah , and pitched between Shochoh and Azekah , in Ephesdammim . And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together , and pitched by the valley of Elah , and set the battle in array against the Philistines . And the Philistines stood on a mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side: and there was a valley between them. And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines , named Goliath , of Gath , whose height was six cubits and a span . And he had an helmet of brass upon his head , and he was armed with a coat of mail ; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass. And he had greaves of brass upon his legs , and a target of brass between his shoulders . And the staff of his spear was like a weaver's beam ; and his spear's head weighed six hundred shekels of iron : and one bearing a shield went before him. And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel , and said unto them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array ? am not I a Philistine , and ye servants to Saul ? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me. If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your servants : but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants , and serve us. And the Philistine said , I defy the armies of Israel this day ; give me a man , that we may fight together . When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine , they were dismayed , and greatly afraid . Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of Bethlehemjudah, whose name was Jesse ; and he had eight sons : and the man went among men for an old man in the days of Saul . And the three eldest sons of Jesse went and followed Saul to the battle : and the names of his three sons that went to the battle were Eliab the firstborn , and next unto him Abinadab , and the third Shammah . And David was the youngest : and the three eldest followed Saul. But David went and returned from Saul to feed his father's sheep at Bethlehem . And the Philistine drew near morning and evening , and presented himself forty days . 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 ; And carry these ten cheeses strong:H unto the captain of their thousand , and look how thy brethren fare , and take their pledge. Now Saul , and they, and all the men of Israel , were in the valley of Elah , fighting with the Philistines . And David rose up early in the morning , and left the sheep with a keeper , and took , and went , as Jesse had commanded him; and he came to the trench , as the host was going forth to the fight , and shouted for the battle . For Israel and the Philistines had put the battle in array , army against army . 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. 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. And all the men of Israel , when they saw the man , fled from him , and were sore afraid . 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 . 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 ? And the people answered him after this manner , saying , So shall it be done to the man that killeth him. And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men ; and Eliab's anger was kindled against David , and he said , Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness ? I know thy pride , and the naughtiness of thine heart ; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle . And David said , What have I now done ? Is there not a cause ? And he turned from him toward another , and spake after the same manner : and the people answered him again after the former manner . And when the words were heard which David spake , they rehearsed them before Saul : and he sent for him. And David said to Saul , Let no man's heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine . And Saul said to David , Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth , and he a man of war from his youth . And David said unto Saul , Thy servant kept his father's sheep , and there came a lion , and a bear , and took a lamb out of the flock : And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth : and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard , and smote him, and slew him. Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear : and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God . David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion , and out of the paw of the bear , he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine . And Saul said unto David , Go , and the Lord be with thee. 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 . 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. 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 . And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David ; and the man that bare the shield went before him. 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 . 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 . 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 . 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 . 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 . 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 . 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 . 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 . 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 . 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 . And the men of Israel and of Judah arose , and shouted , and pursued the Philistines , until thou come to the valley , and to the gates of Ekron . And the wounded of the Philistines fell down by the way to Shaaraim , even unto Gath , and unto Ekron . And the children of Israel returned from chasing after the Philistines , and they spoiled their tents . And David took the head of the Philistine , and brought it to Jerusalem ; but he put his armour in his tent . And when Saul saw David go forth against the Philistine , he said unto Abner , the captain of the host , Abner , whose son is this youth ? And Abner said , As thy soul liveth , O king , I cannot tell . And the king said , Enquire thou whose son the stripling is. And as David returned from the slaughter of the Philistine , Abner took him, and brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his hand . And Saul said to him, Whose son art thou, thou young man ? And David answered , I am the son of thy servant Jesse the Bethlehemite .

(I Samuel 17, KJV)


This story depicts our present position and opportunity in our day. We are living in a day of battle. This is the battle of Armageddon! There are two sides and only two sides in this great battle. The vast majority of people are in the valley of decision. Joel 3: 14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD [is] near in the valley of decision.

There is King Jesus who is personally calling all to follow Him and enlist in His army against the foe of all truth and righteousness. This foe is a great and 12' tall self-proclaimed champion for humanity promising life and liberty and security in all things for all people on condition of worship. This great humanistic champion defies God and His law while claiming to be the only true and only representative of God who will do all for us if we only bow down and worship and receive his mark. All are involved in this battle. There is no exemption. It is the battle between truth and error. This is a battle between Christ and Satan. We are all involved in it. Christ has His representatives and Satan his. Right now it is not always obvious who is who in the valley of decision. This is because we are in the day stage of the battle when Goliath is calling for someone to come and fight with him. The issue is this: Who can withstand this Goliath? Who can fight against the one world government and religion and win? Revelation 13:4 And they worshiped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshiped the beast, saying, Who [is] like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

We have almost come to that time when the whole world is wondering after the beast! We are in the time when we are all being called to fight. We are now all in the final stage 1 of the final battle, the day propaganda stage of the fight. This is the battle of Armageddon! The media carries the message of how great and powerful and wonderful the one world government is. The beast that is so big and so all-powerful that nobody can stand against it. It takes spiritual discernment, the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit to see the real issue and the true sides in the real issue. The real issue is whom do you choose for your leader and King? Where is your trust and confidence? Who do you believe? Who are you following and watching? Who has your attention has you. We are day by day beholding and becoming like the leader we watch and follow. In stage I of this fight David was with all the other people of Israel on one side. The difference between David and the rest was that he was not afraid of the Giant. David was not asking: “Have you seen this man that is come up? Surely to defy Israel is he come up”. David did not flee from Goliath with the rest of the men of Israel. David was not sore afraid like the rest of the Israelites. David was asking: “What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel?” David asked “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” What are you saying about national events? Your words tell where your heart is.


Stage 2 of the final battle – the active combat phase is just before us. The first thing you see in stage 2 – the active combat phase, is that there is a separation between the people of God and the people of the world. Right now we are all together in the valley of decision. Little difference can be seen today between the professed followers of God and those who follow the world. But just before us is stage 2 of the final battle of Armageddon. David emerges from the army of Israel. The first thing you see is that David appears from the army all by himself. His elder brother that tried to belittle and discourage him is not with him now. David walks alone. The king, before whom he stood and witnessed what God had done in his shepherd’s life, was not with him now. David was all alone. Beloved, stage of the final battle is a time when we stand apparently all alone. The head elder will not stand by you then. The pastor will not be with you then. Your family will not be with you then. If you stand true and loyal to God you will be apparently all alone. You cannot depend on the elder, the pastor, the conference, or your family members. Our only defense will be the Lord God of Israel in that time of final conflict.


The outcome of the active combat state of the battle is being determined day by day now in the propaganda stage of the battle. Who we listen to and who we have our eyes on determines which side we will be on and the outcome of the active combat phase of the battle we will all engaged in.


David came against Goliath all by himself in the name of the Lord. David used a sling and a stone to bring Goliath down. The sling represents the daily life and work of David. The stone represents Jesus and truth and the Kingdom of God. It is a stone that hits the image of Daniel on its feet of clay and iron that grinds up the clay and iron and brass and silver and gold. The wind that blows away the dust of clay and iron and brass and silver and gold is the final battle. Then the stone becomes a great mountain and fills the whole earth after the thousand year's demonstration of the results of Satan’s kingdom. Day by day we are either looking to Jesus, believing on Him, becoming like Him, by His grace and power - day by day we are killing the bear of lust or the lion of pride in our lives and being victorious over ever besetting sin – or we are watching the beast and his image and becoming like them in character. What we are doing day by day; who has our attention day by day; who we spend time with day by day is determining who we are becoming like in character; who we are being wedded to in trust, loyalty and love. When stage 2 – the active battle stage comes- we will all act out the characters we have formed in this our time of probation; we will all act out the loyalties and the loves that we are now developing.


Notice in the stage 2, active battle stage, that it is Goliath’s own sword that is used to cut off his head. It is the weapons formed to destroy God’s people that will be used to destroy those who oppose truth and trust in God alone. It is the nations of the earth that have united to support the beast that tear the beast apart and burn the beast with fire.


Stage 3 – the epilogue; after the battle is all over – King Saul is asking questions. Who is this youth that killed Goliath? What is his name? Who is his family?


After the beast is torn to pieces and burned by the kings of this earth – there are a lot of questions that need to be answered! The thousand years that follows stage 2 of active battle at the end of time is going to be spent in heaven answering questions.


The story of David and Goliath is also an illustration of the gospel. David represents Christ that fights Goliath, representing the devil for us. However, when Goliath’s head rolled off the body of the slain giant, it was David’s act using the giant’s sword, the disconnected the head from the body. Listen to these inspired words:


In the work of redemption there is no compulsion. No external force is employed. Under the influence of the Spirit of God, man is left free to choose whom he will serve. In the change that takes place when the soul surrenders to Christ, there is the highest sense of freedom. The expulsion of sin is the act of the soul itself. True, we have no power to free ourselves from Satan's control; but when we desire to be set free from sin, and in our great need cry out for a power out of and above ourselves, the powers of the soul are imbued with the divine energy of the Holy Spirit, and they obey the dictates of the will in fulfilling the will of God.” {DA 466.4}


It is our own choice and our own effort empowered by God that expels sin from our lives - now.


Both armies had stood spellbound watching the unequal encounter. When they saw the head of Goliath roll, all Israel shouted the victory – but it was not then time to celebrate. The shout of victory had to be immediately followed with entering the active battle – one on one combat with every remaining Philistine. Phase of the active battle had to kill off as many Philistines as possible to ensure the victory. If we do not shout the victory of Christ over Satan and then jump up and follow Jesus in the battle over every besetting sin in our lives -–we have no victory in reality. Our victory is only in theory and is a mirage and we will end up subjects of Satan. In stage 3 – answering the question: “How did you come here without a wedding garment? - we will be speechless! Now is no time for celebration. Now is a time of deep heart searching and renouncing of every sin. Now is the time to acquaint ourselves personally with Jesus and become wedded to Him in love and loyalty and obedience to His every will and way. Now is ghe time to put on and wear the wedding garment of Christ's righteousness. The time of celebration will come after the thousand years in heaven when every tear will be dried and every question will be answered. Now is the time to “be still and know that I am God.”


Psalms 46:10 Be still, and know that I [am] God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

: The LORD of hosts [is] with us; the God of Jacob [is] our refuge. Selah.


God’s plan for being exalted among the heathen, and being exalted in the earth is for His character to be reproduced in you and in me. This is our time to co-operate with Him earnestly and diligently and fully. Now is our day of salvation.


In closing let me read a few sentences from the Review & Herald of October 30, 1900:


The believer in Christ is consecrated to high and holy purposes. Before the service of the royal priesthood the glory of the Aaronic priesthood is eclipsed. Called according to God's purpose, set apart by grace divine, invested with Christ's righteousness, imbued with the Holy Spirit, offering up the sacrifices of a broken and contrite heart, the true believer is indeed a representative of the Redeemer. Upon such a worshiper, God looks with delight.”


Beloved this is our calling, our destiny in Jesus. May we give thanks to God in this Thanksgiving season for such a destiny and a calling and be faithful to our calling and destiny to God's glory and honor.



Let us sing in closing Hymn: Power in the Blood