Spiritual Rants: May 15 “Big Man On Campus” Readings to read through the Bible in a year: 1 Samuel 17:1-18:4 John 8:21-30 Psalm 111:1-10 Proverbs 15:11

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Old Testament: 1 Samuel 17:1-18:4

Goliath lost his head, because of David he ended up very dead.

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1 Samuel 17:1-19  Big Man On Campus

The Philistines were getting set to attack the Israelites again.  Saul and his men were camped on the mountain opposite them with a valley in-between.  Goliath was a mesomorph, apparently glandularly challenged.   He was probably about 9’9″ tall (cf. Bible Knowledge Commentary).  Imagine if the NBA could have gotten a hold of him!  He wore a bronze helmet and scale-armor which weighed about 125 pounds.  He carried a spear with an iron tip that weighed about 15 pounds.

Goliath challenged the Israelites to a fight.  He would take on whomever they set against him, as Hemingway would say, mano-a-mano.  This scared the mucous out of all the Israelite warriors.

David went back and forth from the battle line to his home to tend the sheep.   David’s three oldest brothers were already at the scene but David was only serving part-time (LB, v. 14-15).  Every day for forty days Goliath took his stand on the mountain taunting the Israelites.  David’s Dad had him bring some bread and cheese to his brothers and some also for Saul.

1 Samuel 17:20-30  Little Big Man

While David was bringing his supplies and visiting his brothers, he heard Goliath’s challenge.  David found out the offer made by Saul, to slay Goliath meant riches, a place in Saul’s family, married to his daughter and a tax exemption for life.  David asked, “What does a guy get for offing this guy who is such an insult to God and His armies?”

David’s oldest brother got mad at David.  “You’re such a brat!  You just want to see the battle for entertainment.  Why don’t you just go back and tend the sheep?”  David said, “I was just asking a question.”

1 Samuel 17:31-58   Gollll-leeee!

Saul sent for David when he heard David was asking around about Goliath.  David said he’d go fight the dude.  Saul told him he was too young to go fight him.  David told Saul it’d be no problem since when David was tending his sheep he’d have to ward off lions and bears and rescue the sheep.  He said the big guy would be about the same especially since he was razzing Yahweh’s host.  David expressed his faith telling Saul that Yahweh would deliver him.

David must have been a sight.  He was probably still just a teenager but Saul put his armor on him.  Remember Saul was the tallest Israelite alive (1Sam. 9:2).  David chose not to use the armor but the weaponry he was more used to, a slingshot.  The slingshot was basically a children’s toy (cf. Wiersbe).  He brought five stones with him in case he missed the first four times.  No.  Actually, he brought five stones because he thought Goliath might have four brothers that would try to avenge his death!

Goliath was little offended that a boy was coming at him with a slingshot.  Goliath taunted David personally.  He said, “You really look like Robert Redford.  “Ruddy” (v.42) means David had a red complexion and Goliate really got dirty and said he looked handsome.  The nerve.

David then preached a sermon at Goliath, telling him Yahweh would give him the victory and that he’d do a very precise procedure on his neck, separating his head from his body.

When Golly came out towards David, David ran out to meet him.  He took a stone and fired!  Bonk!  Precise hit to the forehead.  In fact, it “sank into his forehead” (v. 49).  Shades of Ehud sinking the knife into (Judg. 3:22) Eglon so far that his fat enclosed the handle.  Uh.  Anyway, after David sank the stone into Golly’s forehead, he ran over to him, drew Golly’s own sword and moved Golly’s head away from his body.

When the Philistines realized what had happened they absconded (v. 51).  The men of Israel and Judah pursued the Philistines into the valley leaving a trail of dead Philistines for about ten miles all the way to Goliath’s hometown of Gath (v. 4).  The Israelites plundered the Phillies and David even kept Golly’s armor which he later dedicated to the Lord and gave to the priests for safekeeping (21: 9).

Saul asked his commander, Abner, who the heck that little guy was.  Abner answered, “I Dunno.”  Saul told him to find out.  Abner brought David back to Saul who at that time was holding Goliath’s head.  Saul asked him who he was and he told Saul, “I’m Jesse’s son from Bethlehem.”

1 Samuel 18:1-4  Jonathan and David, BFF’s

Jonathan kind of liked the ruddy kid.  In fact, in a totally platonic way, he really, really liked him.  He like liked liked him.  They were BFF’s.  Jonathan liked David so much he made a covenant with him.  Jonny took off his robe, armor, sword, bow and belt and gave them all to David.

New Testament: John 8: 21- 30

Jesus always knew His Father’s will, He never did anything unless He checked in to know the drill.

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John 8:21-30  The Great “I Am”

Jesus told the religious leaders He was taking off but they wouldn’t be able to follow Him.  They thought that He was maybe going to kill Himself.  Jesus told them that He was from above but they were from below, on the earth and in the world.  He told them that unless they believed He was the Great “I Am” (v. 24, Exod. 3:14) of the OT, they would die in their sins.  They weren’t getting it when He was talking about His Father.

He told the religious leaders that when they “lifted Him up,” a symbol of his crucifixion, then they would know that He was the Great “I Am” (v. 28) and that He didn’t do anything without checking in with the Father.

Jesus said He always pleased the Father, no matter what He did.  A lot of people who heard Him “got it” and believed in Him.

Psalm 111:1-10   A Hymn

Wisdom must be in life first, prioritize the fear of the Lord and be well-versed.

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Psalm 111:1-10  Food For Thought

Psalm 111 is the first of a trilogy of “hallelujah” psalms.  Hallelujah literally means “praise Yah.”  It is an acrostic in Hebrew, making it easier to learn in Hebrew.  Of course, first you have to learn Hebrew, which is more difficult than reading English.  But you can use your imagination.

“Praise the Lord!” in verse 1 is Hallelujah, literally.

Verses 2-6 mention some of the works of God for which we should praise Him.  Science was originally invented to investigate the works of the Lord and give Him the glory.  Somehow it devolved from there.  Have you noticed most scientists are evolutionists who refuse to give glory to God?  Godly scientists are always giving the glory to God.

I have found that health is based on good nutrition that comes from food sources God has placed in the world (v. 5).  Evolutionists begin on the presumption that they can move the world forward through things man can invent.   Some drugs and machines are very useful and even necessary but based on their presuppositions they go overboard and then violate their first vow:  “first do no harm.”  #Just sayin’.

If we study what God has put in the world, we can help mankind and give Him glory.  If we ignore God, we go off course fast.  Ask a pilot what happens if he goes off course even one degree.  It can turn into hundreds of miles off course, quickly.

Of course, that means if we change our course, even one degree, we can get back on track.  Recognizing God’s work in our lives would be a good start (vv. 7-10).  How much do we just let go by that He does for us?  That is why we should be thankful in all things (cf. Eph. 5:20; 1 Thess. 5:18).

Fearing the Lord and respecting Him is the start of being wise.  That is the theme of Proverbs (cf. Prov. 1:2, 7).  To do what He wants us to do is life (v. 10; cf. John 14:21; 1 John 2:3).

Proverbs 15:11   Don’t Act Like You’ve Been Abandoned

The Lord has control over everything including Sheol, good for us because our security is a superb deal.

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Sheol is the holding tank for the dead in the time of the Old Testament (v. 11a).  Abaddon sounds like abandon.  That is the concept.  It is where people who reject God are abandoned.  

People on their way to Hell don’t think like saved people (cf. 2 Cor. 5:16).  God knows who is destined for Hell and who isn’t (v. 11b).  Saved people should act and think like saved people!

Choose Life: Scripture:    1 Samuel 17:45  NASB    “A ‘Put On'”

“Then David said to the Philistine, ‘You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted.'”         1 Samuel 17:45

You may have heard the expression, “He came unarmed to a battle of wits.”  That’s kind of what Goliath did.  He thought he was armed with a sword, spear, and javelin but compared to David, he was unarmed.  Saul had offered David his own king’s armor but David refused to take it (cf. v. 39).

We are commanded to put on the armor of God in the New Testament (cf. Eph. 6:11).  A study of the armor in Ephesians 6 would yield a description of characteristics of Christ.  So in essence if we put on the armor of God, we are actually putting on Christ (cf. (Eph. 4: 24; Rom. 13:14; Gal. 3:27).; blog Land Ho! and Strong).

Do you realize that when you “put on” Christ that no enemy can stand against you?  Not Goliath or even Godzilla (cf. Rom. 8: 37; 1 John 5:4).

David was doing what God told him to do (cf. v. 45b, 47).  When you are in God’s will and, “put on Christ” and don’t try to do anything in your own power, you will be victorious.

Have you “put on” Christ today?

If you have, you will find that you are choosing life (Deut. 30:19)!

Fun Application:   

What are you trying to accomplish today?  Are you trying to do it in your own power or are you relying on the Holy Spirit for your strength?  The Scripture says that we should draw our strength from Christ (cf. Phil. 4:13; 2 Cor. 12:9-10; also see Neh. 4:10, 9; 8:10).  Do you know how to do that?  We learn it by trial and error but we must learn to trust in Him (also check out Phil. 2:12-13 to see that there is a balance between our acting and His doing).

The purpose of the “Choose Life” is to pick a positive help out of the One Year Bible (OYB) reading plan for the day. There is always something positive in the Word of God to cheer us and give us strength. For more on today’s reading, check out my One Year Bible blog:   BFF’s

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