The story of David and Goliath illustrates the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There are two points concerning the Gospel that needs to be to be made at this time:

 

  1. We have an opportunity now that we will never have again in eternity and that is to influence someone to join King Jesus and His kingdom. That opportunity is ours now, but we will never have that opportunity again in eternity.

  2. We have another different opportunity that we will never ever have again, and that is to hasten the second coming of Jesus.

 

It is my prayer that the Holy Spirit will make Jesus so attractive to you, that you will want everybody you meet and everybody you know to become subjects of King Jesus. And the one thing that Jesus wants more than anything else is to be with you and to be with me both now and always. The delay to be face to face with us is painful to Him. You and I have the opportunity now to diminish this time of delay by speeding up the reproduction of the character of Jesus in us and so hasten the second coming of Jesus.

 

The story of David and Goliath.

 

The story of David and Goliath is probably one of the best known and best loved stories of the Bible. There are two witnesses in Scripture that testify that these Bible stories are written for us upon whom the ends of the world are come.

 

The testimony of 1 Corinthians 10:11

“Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition upon whom the ends of the world are come.”

 

This witness tells us that the story of David and Goliath is an example that is written in Scripture for us upon whom the ends of the world are come. This story is an example of how the gospel works in our lives.

 

Testimony of Romans 15:4

 

“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”

 

Romans 15:4 adds to the testimony of 1 Corinthians 10:11 the ideas that the story of David and Goliath is in addition to being an example for us, was written for our learning patience and comfort that we might have hope. Is there anyone present who needs hope today?

 

So let us pray that we can see these things in this story: Father, let us learn patience and comfort from the story of David and Goliath that we might see the examples of Jesus and of ourselves, and gain hope and comfort from this story. In Jesus wonderful name, Amen

 

We pick up the story of David and Goliath starting with the setting and background in 1 Samuel 16:1 “And the Lord said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel?” The nation of Israel, God’s chosen people had rejected God from being their invisible king when they made the demand for a king to rule over them, so they could be like the other nations. Jesus still today wants to be our invisible king. Jesus wants to be your personal, invisible king. Jesus wants to be my personal, invisible king. Do I accept Him and let Him rule me, or do I want to be like other people and do my own thing? This is the pivotal question, and the pivotal issue we each face. Now the story background of David and Goliath has the same background and setting as we find ourselves in today. Most people want to do their own thing today – and not God’s will. And we as a church and as individuals are not exempt from this inborn desire.

 

So God instructs Samuel to go and anoint one of the sons of Jesse to be the new king of Israel, because the current king, Saul, is refusing to do God’s will. We each have a throne in our heart. There is a position of supreme value to each of us. That supreme value position is the throne in our heart. We are born with self, sitting on the throne of our heart. The first cry we make on being born with clenched fists is “Mine!” And that is our battle cry all our lives unless we are born again of the spirit with King Jesus, replacing ourselves on the throne of our heart. On being born again, our battle cry changes from the self-assertive cry: “Mine!” to the subdued, quiet request: “Not my will, but thine be done”. It is important to understand while the choice is ours to make, and we are fully responsible for the choice, we do not have the power to make the change of kings from self (which is really Satan) sitting on the throne of our heart to give the throne and supreme control of our lives to King Jesus. It is supernatural, Divine power alone that can effect this change. This power we do not have in ourselves. This is the power we need to live and experience the life of Jesus every day. This Jesus offers us freely on two conditions:

 

a)repentance toward God, and

b) faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

In the Signs of the Times of January 7, 1897 we find this statement:

 

“Repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ, are the conditions of salvation.”

 

Samuel objected to anointing another king while Saul was still king of Israel. Meeting Samuel’s objection to God’s plan of immediately anointing a new king while Saul is still on the throne of Israel, God tells Samuel just how to go about anointing a new king of Israel, and Samuel does as he is told by God. Samuel meets Jesse and tells him that he wants to see his sons at a sacrifice to the Lord. Jesse makes 7 of his 8 children pass before Samuel.

 

We have all heard of the investigative judgment. We are now living in the time of the investigative judgment. The investigative judgment is now, as we speak, going on in heaven. God did not tell Samuel ahead of time, which son of Jesse to anoint as the new king of Israel. God only told Samuel that he had provided Himself a king from among the sons of Jesse. And Samuel knew that God would tell him at the time of anointing, which son of Jesse to anoint king of Israel. Samuel reviewing and sons of Jesse illustrates the investigative judgment going on now in heaven. Jesus is reviewing our lives to see who has a form of godliness but denies the power of God in their lives, and who is allowing Jesus to be, in fact – and in reality, the King in their lives. Applying the story to our day, God has provided Himself a whole kingdom of priests and a holy nation from among the children of men Ex. 19:6 “And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation.” In Titus 2:14 it is written “Who gave Himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” The investigative judgment is to determine who are wheat to be sealed with the seal of God and who are tares to be bound in bundles to be burned. We are living in solemn times and we need to know the times we are living in.

 

2 Corinthians 1:21,22 reads: “Now he which stablished us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;

Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

 

And we understand that today the story of David and Goliath is being replayed in our lives. God is looking into our hearts as He did in the sons of Jesse that were brought before Samuel. Samuel looked at these good looking sons as we do – looking on their stature and outward good looks and was impressed with these 7 sons of Jesse, but God told Samuel in 1 Samuel 16:7 “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.” And beloved, what does God see in our hearts? What God is looking for, is the reflection of His own character in us. God is looking for His image that He created in man. And His own character-image is what God sees when He has written His law in our hearts as He has promised to do in Jeremiah 31:33 “But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.” This is not something we can, by gritting our teeth and by our striving accomplish. But God does require our believing that He is doing as He has promised, and God requires our cooperation and obedience to His Spirit as He writes His law in our hearts, transforming our characters into His character-image. And this change in heart control of our lives, which we sometimes refer to as a rebirth, or being “born again”, requires our full effort in cooperating with God as He transforms us into His character image. As I look at you, I cannot see how far God has progressed in your character transformation. But I can see what you do and I can hear what you say which is the evidence looked at in the investigative judgment going on now in heaven. I can’t even see how far God has gotten with me in His character transformation of me. But I can cooperate with God in His work in my life or I can resist Him. We cooperate with Him by doing what we know He wants us to do in His service. We resist Him by refusing to do what we know He wants us to do. We are saying no to God and resisting Him when we do our own thing instead of doing His will. And the temptation is to be totally confused and think doing God’s will is some sort of bondage instead of realizing that to do God’s will is the highest form of freedom there is in life!

 

This process of changing us into the beautiful character image of God that is required of all who are members of that holy nation and that peculiar people God is preparing to meet Him face to face when He comes again in the clouds of glory with all His holy angels. This process is explained to us in detail in the book by Ellen White, entitled Our High Calling on page 162:

 

“God leads His people on, step by step. He brings them into positions which are calculated to reveal the motives of the heart. Some endure at one point, but fall off at the next. At every advance step the heart is tested, and tried a little closer. If any find their hearts opposed to the straight work of God, it should convince them that they have a work to do in overcoming, or they will be finally rejected of the Lord.” {OHC 162.2}

 

There is nothing that will give the Lord more pain and sorrow than to have to reject one person because they would not be happy in heaven. Now everybody thinks they will be happy in heaven, but when they look at the details of being in heaven – details like diet and lifestyle, some people do a retake: “What, no bacon and eggs; What, no coffee in heaven?” I have had people tell me: “If I can’t have my coffee in heaven, I don’t want to be there!” Beloved, now, is our only opportunity to prepare for the diet and lifestyle and governance of heaven. Who is sitting on the throne of your heart?

 

Back to the story written as an example for us, to prepare us for the soon coming of Jesus. Samuel became confused as God rejected each one of the seven good-looking sons of Jesse. Finally, Samuel said to Jesse – “Are these all your children?” Jesse answered, yes, these are all my children, but I have one more, the youngest, who is out on the hillside looking after my sheep. And Samuel said, “We can’t eat the sacrifice until that youngest son, herding the sheep, comes and I see him too.” And so there was a delay in the sacrificial feast until David came to be present at eating the sacrifice with Samuel.

 

Today, the marriage supper of the Lamb is being delayed while God looks for enough people that will cooperate with Him, and let God write His laws in their hearts. We can shorten that delay by cooperating fully with God with His character-transforming writing of His law in our hearts. So David was taken from sheep-herding and anointed by God as the new king of Israel. So God is looking at this time for those who will co-operate with Him in character-transformation. It is written in 2 Chronicles 16:9 “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of [them] whose heart [is] perfect toward him.”

 

This verse is showing us another aspect of the investigative judgment that has been in progress since October 22, 1844. God has been looking since 1844 but has not yet found a statistically significant number of people whose heart is perfect toward him. Who will yield their hearts and minds completely to God for Him to write His law in their hearts and minds? Who will agree completely with God? Who will fully yield their harts to God, with no reservations? That is what it means to be perfect toward God. It means to be perfectly yielded, perfectly dependent upon God for wisdom and righteousness and sanctification and redemption as it is written in 1 Corinthians 1: 30. Notice that it is God who has made Jesus unto us, who are in Christ Jesus, our wisdom and righteousness, and sanctification and redemption.

 

Notice too, that David was not called from the pool hall or the bowling alley or from the skating floor or the dance hall, to be anointed king of Israel. He was called from the work place. He was called from herding sheep. Work, useful labor is the place from which we are called to higher service for the Lord. And from the anointing service David, as the anointed king of Israel, went back to the work place, the hillside herding sheep. The king of Israel was being prepared for his God–ordained work by herding sheep. Don’t look at your present work as too insignificant or too humble to be preparing you for higher service in the Kingdom of God. It is from one degree of glory to a greater degree of glory that beholding Jesus changes us into. This is what 2 Corinthians 3:18 tells us. It is what we focus our attention on that changes us into the likeness of what we are beholding. Beloved, let us focus our attention on Jesus. Let us behold Jesus in our work-place and in our homes, and in all that we do.

 

So now we come to the best known part of the story of David and Goliath. An angel is sent to David out there herding sheep. We can read this part of the story in the book Patriarchs and Prophets page 644:

 

“When war was declared by Israel against the Philistines, three of the sons of Jesse joined the army under Saul; but David remained at home. After a time, however, he went to visit the camp of Saul. By his father's direction he was to carry a message and a gift to his elder brothers and to learn if they were still in safety and health. But, unknown to Jesse, the youthful shepherd had been entrusted with a higher mission. The armies of Israel were in peril, and David had been directed by an angel to save his people.” {PP 644.4}

 

Beloved, are we, the people who have taken the name of Jesus, the armies of the Lord on earth, are we in peril today? 2 Timothy 3:1 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”

 

Yes, we are living in days of peril today as were the armies of the Lord in the time of David.

 

When David arrived at the battlefield he found the Philistines on a mountain on one side of the valley of Elah, so named for oak trees that still grow in the same valley today. On the other side of the valley of Elah, was a mountain where the Israelites were camped. The propaganda phase of the war was in full progress. Today we are in the propaganda phase of the final war of Armageddon – the final battle in the war between God and Satan – the war between good and evil. The propaganda being announced in the media of David’s time, was spoken by the champion of the Philistines, named Goliath. 1 Samuel 17:10 records part of Goliath’s propaganda announcement: “I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.” The battle plan was clearly announced. Verse 9 of 1 Samuel 17 records the battle plan: “If he, Israel’s representative soldier, 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.”

 

The prevailing sentiment of Israel’s soldiers at that time is also recorded for us in verse 11: “When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid.”

 

The reason for their dismay and great fear is told us in the description of Goliath recorded in 1 Samuel 17: 4-7. And I am sure we all remember this part of the story. Goliath was 11 feet tall. He wore a helmet of brass on his head. His body was covered with armor weighing 110 lbs. He had brass protection covering his legs and back and his spearhead weighed 13 lbs and his shield so big and heavy that another soldier walked in front of him carrying his shield.

 

In the armory of the day, Goliath was totally protected and completely invincible and this was the basis of the fear and dismay of king Saul and his army. They were looking at the seen. They were looking on the height of Goliath and at all the latest state-of-art armor he wore. They were not looking the way God told Samuel He looked at man. But David was looking at Goliath in God’s way of seeing things. This is the way we are to look at men – as God does.

 

This battle in the valley of Elah is an illustration of the great controversy and the plan of salvation. We are all involved in the battle between Christ and Satan. The battle plan is the same in the plan of salvation today as it was in David’s time. It is a one on one battle – a head to head battle. It is a battle between Christ and Satan. David was anointed by God and directed by an angel to go to the help of the armies of Israel. What David had to say about the propaganda of Goliath was told to Saul and David was called to meet with Saul. Saul commissioned David to represent Israel and fitted David with his armor and girded his sword on David. David took a few steps with Saul’s armor on and returned to Saul and explained that he had not proven that armor and could not fight in Saul's armor. Beloved, in whose armor are you fighting the battles of the Lord? David expressed faith in God, and testified how God had saved him from a bear and a lion that attacked the sheep he was guarding and witnessed to God’s salvation from the bear and the lion and expressed the faith he had that God would do with Goliath as God had done with the bear and the lion. Goliath represents our besetting sins. Sins come in three fatal forms, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. By God’s grace David, as a youth, had gotten the victory over the bear of lust and the lion of pride and now he was meeting the representative of Satan himself in the form of Goliath.

 

1 John 2:16 For all that [is] in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

 

Deuteronomy 1:30 The LORD your God which goeth before you, he shall fight for you, according to all that he did for you in Egypt before your eyes;

 

This is the promise and desire of God to fight against sin for us and give us the victory over sin that Jesus obtained on our behalf. But we must believe and shout the victory and rise up and run and claim our victory already obtained for us as David was used of God to gain the victory over Goliath and the Philistines.

 

So David is seen going again to the battle, but with no sword, no armor, only with the faith of Jesus and his shepherd’s rod and sling and the five smooth stones taken from the brook on the way to meet Goliath. The final public statements of each contestant, the summary of the propaganda phase in this famous battle is significant.

 

Goliath shouted: “Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods and said “Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.”

 

David replied in a clear, ringing, musical voice that was heard by all: “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 that 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.”

 

Being inspired by the propaganda phase of the battle, both contestants rushed at each other. David, inspired by the Holy Spirit, took the initiative and slang a stone out of his sling that hit Goliath in his forehead where the giant has put up his visor in anger, to get a better look at David.

 

We can read the details of what happened next in the book Patriarchs and Prophets page 648:

“Amazement spread along the lines of the two armies. They had been confident that David would be slain; but when the stone went whizzing through the air, straight to the mark, they saw the mighty warrior tremble, and reach forth his hands, as if he were struck with sudden blindness. The giant reeled, and staggered, and like a smitten oak, fell to the ground. David did not wait an instant. He sprang upon the prostrate form of the Philistine, and with both hands laid hold of Goliath's heavy sword. A moment before, the giant had boasted that with it he would sever the youth's head from his shoulders and give his body to the fowls of the air. Now it was lifted in the air, and then the head of the boaster rolled from his trunk, and a shout of exultation went up from the camp of Israel. {PP 648.2}

The Philistines were smitten with terror, and the confusion which ensued, resulted in a precipitate retreat. The shouts of the triumphant Hebrews echoed along the summits of the mountains, as they rushed after their fleeing enemies; and they "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 armor in his tent." PP648

 

Now we need to see a couple of details here that should give us comfort and hope today with our personal battle with sin.

 

Notice “amazement spread along the lines of the two armies. They had been confident that David would be slain.”

 

What does that tell us about the condition of the armies of Israel during this battle between David and Goliath which is a type of the battle between Christ and Satan where Christ won our salvation?

 

The faith speech of David during the battle was not mirrored in the hearts of the armies of Israel. The armies of Israel were discouraged and without faith in God and without hope of victory, but this did not stop God from giving to Israel the victory that day. What a merciful and powerful God! We may believe Satan’s propaganda that our personal victory over sin is as impossible as David taking off Goliath’s head with a stone and a slingshot. However, if we would in faith submit our wills to God and by His grace do His will in all areas of life every day and every day, the Goliath of our besetting sin in our lives would fall down stunned and by means of Goliath’s own sword, his head would roll by the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives if we act as decisively and as quickly as David did.

 

What is the take-home message for us today?

 

What is the spiritual condition of Israel today? Do we have the faith of Jesus and is the hope of salvation burning in our hearts as it was in David’s heart? Beloved, when I have preached victory over sin in Christ and quoted the promises of God:

 

Isaiah 13:12 “I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.”

 

Jude 24 “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present [you] faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,”

 

1 John 3:9 “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.”

 

When I have stood at the door as people leave to greet them, most people do not look me in the face. Most people have a dead fish handshake and they look away. Some people avoid me and usually, I do not receive an invitation back again to that church. Why ?

 

Why are most people put off and discouraged with the promises of God concerning victory over sin? I think there is an obvious and very good reason. That is not their experience. Try as they might – victory over sin is not their experience!

 

And why not? What is lacking that God has provided for our victory over sin?

 

I think the answer is also simple and obvious. We, generally do not let go and let God fight our battles with Satan against temptation to sin. We ask God for help in our fight against temptation. That is how we interpret “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”. “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” What we do not realize is that what we generally mean is “God, help me do the fighting and let me win!” And we never have any success with that program. And after years and years of trying and failing on their own in the fight with Satan, most people come to the conclusion – I don’t know what others are talking about – “victory over sin”, but I do know that I have no victory over sin. So we say:, “Salvation does not work for me.” So we give up and do not want to hear about “victory over sin”! We think that the form of godliness is the most we can experience and we can’t have the power of Jesus in our lives. Judas would have had no trouble with Jesus and would have remained a shining disciple until the end if Jesus had helped Judas with his plans. What that means is that Judas and not Jesus would have been in control of the day to day activities and plans of Jesus. And that is the recipe for certain failure. And that is our problem with victory over sin, as I currently understand it. I have to relinquish control of my life to have Christ’s victory. I have to pray, not my will, but thy will be done. When it comes to diet and lifestyle, I have to pray the same prayer – not my will, but thy will be done. Then we will experience being made more precious than gold in character like Jesus. Then, with the Holy Spirit in control of my life – I will not be able to sin, because the seed of Jesus remains in me – and remains in control of me and my life. Then Jesus can present me faultless with His character-likeness before the throne of God.

 

The fact is, that there are going to be 144,000 people who will let God fight their battles with sin and make them more precious than fine gold, even the golden wedge of Ophir. And the fact is, that you and I can be one of those 144,000 if we are willing to not only pray, but also decide today and experience: “Not my will, but thy will be done!”

 

 

In conclusion:, what is the opportunity we have today that we will never, ever have again in eternity? It is to influence a person to leave the temporary, and deceptive kingdom of Satan for the glorious, victorious, and eternal Kingdom of King Jesus. But we can't do that unless we ourselves are experiencing victory over the besetting sins in our own life!

 

What is the one thing we can do for Jesus today, that we will never ever in eternity have the chance, the privilege of doing something so meaningful to Jesus? It is to hasten His second coming by fully cooperating with His plan of writing His law in my heart and making me fully like Him in character. The continual condition that will never change in eternity is to pray and live: “Not my will but thine be done”!

 

Are there any questions or comments that anyone would like to make?

 

Who would be willing to stand to indicate their choice: “Not my will, but thy will be done in this question or temptation that I now face” understanding that this condition and choice for victory does not change forever?

 

Join me in prayer.