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August 17, 2021 6:00 am
Pastor, author and Bible teacher Alan Wright you will never have somebody telling you what I have more faith and you'll never have faith and by so my simply telling you you have approval and the like you more if you have more faith even simply by the promise before you comes from somewhere. Where does it come from Alan Wright will help you see your life in a whole new light excited for you to hear the teaching today.
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There was no story that we play active more than the story of David and Goliath when he was a little boy.
He loved that story.
And so we would play active over and over.
We do it 20 times and in one session and the story always wound up the same. The little boy. David finds a smooth stone, usually a wadded up Kleenex and puts it into a blank key swings it around and hurls it at the big mean Goliath who comes tumbling down and little David runs over and puts his foot on the chest of the defeated foe and stands there proudly with his plastic sword in hand, we haven't had a birthday party was it two or three-year-old birthday party. We made a plywood Goliath and I painted a picture of the ugly fiend on there so that all the little two and three-year-old boys who come and hurl things and Goliath. I've been Goliath a thousand times. Bennett been David a thousand times, but nobody is been the cowardly soldiers in the Army. There, left out of the story I want to read the story differently today because really, in the end I can't identify what Goliath I'm not that bad and I can't really quite identify with David.
I never killed a 9 foot nine giant on behalf of the nation, nor was made king of Israel, and I can't play the harp, but the soldiers who for 40 days studied the armor of their enemy and worried about it than I can identify with and the other thing about this story I notice is that I usually didn't read the ending to it. It didn't appear in most of the children's Bibles that you agreed to tell the story to your children. They leave out the end where David takes the sword of Goliath cuts off the Giants head and basically returns the blood he head to the sorry but see this is the actual story and seek read that part because that's not appropriate.
Two or three to a two-year-old or three-year-old and and so you don't get often to the end of the story. But what I want to show you today the end of the story is the best part of the story I want to show you the day.
How Psalm 1715 is true that when I wake I'll be satisfied.
The holding your likeness that in seeing Jesus. Faith is born.
First Samuel chapter 17. The scene was a familiar one to ancient times.
Two armies are opposing each other on adjacent hills with a valley in between these only to position themselves there ready to fight one another and yet a call for a battle of champions has been made where one champion and the most valiant and best warrior from each Army comes into the Valley fights and whoever wins, wins on behalf of the Army and, indeed, on behalf of the whole nation but the scene here has the Israelite Rayleigh army paralyzed with fear verse for a champion then Goliath from Gath came out of the Philistine camp by way they have found. Archaeologists have found in the dig at Gath, a pottery shard that is etched with the name Goliath and is dated to about the 10th century before Christ, he was over 9 feet tall. He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing 5000 shekels 2025 pounds on his legs. He wore bronze grieves a bronze javelin was slung on his back. His spear shaft was like a weaver's rod its iron point weighed 600 shekels 15 pounds just in the point of his spear in his shield bearer went ahead of him. If you're wondering how it is that we have so much information about Goliath's armor. It will soon be revealed to you that well. There was plenty of time to study up on it because he came out and taunted Israel for 40 days while they had nothing else to do except study up on how heavy and big's armor was Goliath stood verse eight and shouted to the ranks of Israel, why do you come out and line up for battle, and I'm not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul choose a man and have them come down to me. If he's able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects, but if I overcome him and kill him. You will become our subjects and serve us that the listing said this day identify the ranks of Israel. Give me a man and let us fight each other and on hearing this, the Philistine hearing, the Philistines were Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified. Here's the picture the army of Israel is all dressed for battle, but never fighting the people of God have a destiny and a land to take and occupy, but do not because of fear in their own leaders. Saul who they asked God to give them a king, like the other nations had to have someone who had the appearance of being a noble leader and they had such a man install except inwardly he was orally bankrupt. He was mentally ill and he was afraid there was no one who was willing to fight the giant. In other words, there was no one to represent them on the battlefield. Their predicament was that no one in that entire army was righteous or courageous or faith filled enough or anointed enough to represent that Army in the real battle. No one there king was no king at all. That's their predicament to understand the gospel. You must begin with this sin, when it entered the world, touched every body. So while it may seem that there's a scale from the unrighteous to the righteous. Not really because all things if they were to be measured would be measured against the glory and righteousness of God. And so the Bible says all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
There's not one righteous no one problem is that there's a great haunt gets all of humanity from the enemy of God and not one person amongst all of humanity righteous enough to represent humanity in the battle we needed a representative that's Alan Wright will have more teaching moment from today's important series of the red hear from Alan Wright Ministries for quite some time now has used every one of his messages and I cast hadn't really hit home, and special rates in gratitude of more than a symbol of the most powerful messages each year.
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We will send you a special offer. We are happy to send this to you as I thanks from Alan Wright Ministries, seven 877-544-4860 877-544-4861 come to our website past Rowan.like today's teaching now continues your once again is Alan running. There was nothing that would instill courage, and the soldiers think about it you might think that the sheer shame of it all, the embarrassment, which is make somebody go fight Goliath. Just the thought that you want to be ashamed of yourself. I mean how cowardly can you be you think that if some I would just come and point out to them what calamus they really were that some I would feel so ashamed that they would go and fight the giant but a done work that way does it shame might move you for a while but if you got a real Goliath. I mean a real Goliath. Shame will never motivate you and instead every day that they were taunted and got were cowards. They only became more ashamed and more anxious. You might think that the allure of applause and honor might make somebody fight the giant just the approval of others by going out and fighting the giant. Inasmuch as we might thirst for approval from others when you have a real Goliath in front of you. Your faith will melt because the allure that the drawl of the approval of man is really in the end only a snare and you might think as we read later in the story that someone would go for the reward because her award has been offered, but the reward that is offered is offered to the victor to the man who kills the Goliath is not offered to the man who would fight with the one who kills him. Because if you go to fight and you are killed, then you do not have the reward and so no one would fight because no one believed that he would win.
In other words, it is only the man who believes that he can kill Goliath that would fight Goliath. No other incentive could calls faith. Faith had to come from somewhere else. You will never have faith by somebody telling you what I have more faith and you never have faith by somebody simply telling you that you have approval and the like you more if you have more faith you'll never have faith, even simply by the reward that is promised before you is a gift. It comes from somewhere. Where does it come from, how many people have faith into her. David day young date for 16 for 40 days the Philistine came forward every morning and evening that took a stand now. Jesse said to his son David take the C5 roasted grain in these 10 loaves of bread for your brothers in a hurry to their Take along these 10 cheeses to the commander of the unit. See how your brothers are and bring back some assurance from them. They are with Saul and all the men of Israel in the Valley of the law. So David, here is he's one of them, and yet he was not with them. He was back in Bethlehem. He's a shepherd from Bethlehem.
He was in chapter 16, anointed with oil from the prophet Samuel's horn of oil in the Bible said that when that anointing oil came upon him, the spirit of the Lord came in power upon David from that day forward is a picture of a man upon whom God's spirit rests and upon whom God will never remove his favor. He is raised in obscurity.
No one is thinking about David.
In fact, when Samuel came to anoint the new King. They prorated all of Jesse's sons and elders.
It is none of them same as it is there none other. David little David out in the field with the sheep. He was the one. No one would've figured him to be the new King. No one thought he would ever be the likely champion for Israel.
He wasn't even in the Army and yet he was one of them.
He was sent by his father to take bread he carried bread from Bethlehem, not Bethlehem means that left him house of bread and he carries to them their daily bread. Sound familiar shepherd boy from Bethlehem carrying daily bread to the people who are afraid of the enemy. He was carrying out his job as a shepherd in obscurity later in the text and see where Dave talks about fighting off lines and bears.
Nobody Saul that nobody applauded that when David is suddenly promoted after his defeat of Goliath, you would say look at what a sudden success and only once in it was something God had been cultivating in him because there's something about a man who risks his life for sheep, how much more would he be willing to lose risk his life for people.
He learned the gentleness a shepherd must have with anxious sheep to call them and leave them but he also learned that he had to fight for the sheep or else the enemy would destroy them. He was a worshiper and he was a warrior long before he appeared at the Valley of the law amongst his brothers in the first 30 years of Jesus life we know almost nothing about.
He was working as a carpenter and he was the key and no one knew it. So here you come sent by his father, the Israelites first 25 had been saying you see how this man keeps coming out.
He comes out to defy his role the king will give great wealth to the man who kills him.
You also give him his daughter in marriage and will exempt his father's family from taxes in Israel.
Now that I want to get you moving right there tax-free living for the man that tells David asked the man standing near verse 26 what will be done for the man who kills his Philistine and who removes this disgrace from Israel and this is one of my favorite verses in the Bible who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God, to a couple things I love about this in the first place. He identifies the whole issue because him uncircumcised Philistine because circumcision was the sign of the covenant, the people that were in the covenant.
We got one of the circumcised people and and Goliath is out of covenant with God is in no covenant with God.
When David is saying is even a relationship with Atlantic with God, who is this uncircumcised Philistine, but all of the second part David, who is come into this cowardly cowardly Motley Army of men who will mock him and return. Instead of saying to them, you bunch of works you yellow bellied.
Sorry no good for nothing's this ragtag army dives. Instead, he says this is the Army of the living God you'll we do church is so countercultural. Every time we get together as a church. This is what we do. I don't care how bad a week you had how bad you look today or how afraid you are, whatever your facing and how weak you feel we come in and we look each other and remind each other. You're the Army of the living God. Jesus came not to condemn but to say he doesn't see you for how you are now acting. He sees you for who you are and covenant with the living God. This uncircumcised Philistine, that he would defy the armies of the living God, and they repeated to him with a been saying and told him so. Verse 27 this is what will be done for the man who kills him. Then verse 28 ally of David's oldest brother part of speaking with the men and he burned with anger at them and ask why if you come down here and what did you leave those few sheep the desert. I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart if you came down only to watch the battle he came into that which was his own and his own received him not came his own brothers, the one who would save them.
They mocked and belittled when David goes at verse 32 to Saul and says, let no one was hard on account of listing, your servant will go and find the king of Israel, listen to his reply. In verse 33. He just simply announced the ultimate curse.
You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him. You're only a boy, he was not told he couldn't do it. Alan Wright David and Goliath house seeing Jesus builds faith part one the conclusion coming in an exhibition course or teacher Alan Wright back here in a moment with additional insight on this for your life and a final word from Alan Wright Ministries for quite some time now is used every one of this message is broadcast hadn't really hit home, and special rates in gratitude of more than a symbol of the most powerful messages each year. The first time in together in one special album when you make a gift to Alan Wright Ministries. This month we want to give you Alan Wright's top 10 CD album digital download.
Are you ready for some good news your gifting to discover God's grace afresh with Alan Wright's top 10. The first decade the gospel is shared when you get to Alan Wright Ministries. This broadcast is only possible because of listener financial support. When you get today.
We will send you get a special offer. We are happy to send this to you as I thanks from Alan Wright Ministries, seven 877-544-4860 877-544-4861 come to our website past Rowan.like Alan here in the series and were going to the conclusion on our next edition David and Goliath are II do see that this is a pivotal point here for the life of the believer to understand keeping your focus on Jesus changes everything.
Well it just little preview of where will will wind up tomorrow.
Just this Army Daniel Boone.
The Israeli forces here. They are the most cowardly Army on the face. Here they come out dress up for battle. Make the just just listen to the tops of the Philistine giant then they do nothing. Nobody is willing to fight, not one single person even King Saul's not until David becomes their champion. So he goes out as a mere battle of champions Goliath against the that he's the champion of the Philistines, Dave the champion of the of the Israeli forces and an end when they see David their champion. What he does to defeat Goliath and decapitates the headship of their enemy.
Then they let out this big warcry will see you tomorrow and in the text.
Best, until they route the Philistines for about 10 miles just like all sudden.
They go from the most cowardly to the most courageous people on the face of the earth. They saw their champion David.
That's what we're learning about when you see what you're champion Jesus has done you will have faith. It's an exciting, if you only caught part of today's teaching. Not only can you listen again online but also get a daily email devotional that matches today's teaching delivered right to your email inbox free.
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