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The Life-giving Authority (3)

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2019-09-16 (월) 10:35 조회 : 70
설교일 : 2019.09.15
설교자 : Rev. Eungyong Kim
본문말씀 : 1 Samuel 17:17-27

September 15, 2019

Life-giving Authority Series #3

 

The Life-giving Authority (3)

1 Samuel 17:17-27

 

Rev. Eungyong Kim’s sermon at the KUMC of Metro Detroit

 

For the past two weeks, through the story of a Samaritan woman at the well in Sychar and the ‘tithing’ passage in the book of Malachi, we reflected upon the authority we are under. Are we under the worldly authority or the life-giving authority?

 

Why are we talking about what authority we are under? It is because our faith enables us to make the change to be under a different authority.

 

And the Bible tells us about the different authorities we can be under.

 

In the chapter 9 of Mark, the disciples of Jesus were arguing among themselves about who was the greatest, which shows that they were under the power of the worldly authority. Jesus had come down to earth for self-denial and to lay down his own life, but His disciples still were in the grip of the worldly authority, even after following Jesus for a considerable time.

 

What did Jesus do, when He saw His disciples arguing?

He took a little child and had him stand among them and said, “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” His disciples didn’t understand why Jesus said these things while having a little child stand among them, but you and I know why He did it.

 

Jesus is talking about the authority a person is under and declares that anyone who welcomes a child belongs to the heavenly authority, as he has become like Jesus and is under the life-giving authority.

 

Through this parable of welcoming a child, Jesus wanted to tell about the life-giving authority to His disciples, who had been arguing about the greatest worldly authority.

 

Today’s passage has the same message.

This passage has been widely known as ‘the story of David and Goliath’, but it is not about what a great hero David was. It was not meant to show how strong his faith was, or how brave he was to conquer Goliath. When we focus on David’s heroic action, we cannot understand the original intention of the story.

 

< A church member came to tell me that he wanted to name his son Joseph. When I asked what made him to decide on the name Joseph, he answered that even though Joseph had to endure hardships in his first half of life, he later became the powerful prime minister of Egypt and enjoyed the blessings of God.

Then, I advised him that instead of praying for God’s blessings upon his son, he should pray for God’s guiding hand in his son’s life, like it did in Joseph’s life, so that he would experience God leading him in every phase of his life.

 

Our focus should not be on how great Joseph was, but on God, as He led Joseph to do great things. >

 

Therefore, we should not treat today’s passage as the story of David and Goliath, but should focus on the different authorities that David and Goliath were under. Then, we can reflect upon ourselves to see if we are under the right authority.

 

The core message of this Life-giving Authority Series is that we should reflect upon the authority we are now under and see how that authority influences us, and then we should try to change ourselves to be under the right authority.

 

 

1.  David appeared at the army camp of King Saul

 

Today’s passage shows a battle scene between the army of Saul and the Philistines. They were facing each other, but when Goliath came out and shouted his usual defiance, all the Israelites ran away from him, as they were in great fear of him.

 

Let us meditate upon the power of Goliath.

He is physically taller than us and stronger than us.

But every day in our lives, we come across some people who are more powerful than us and bigger than us, like Goliath.

Then, how do we feel? We feel dismayed and terrified, like the army of Saul did.

It is because we feel inadequate when our power is compared to the huge power like Goliath’s.

Then we feel threatened and cower in fear.

 

The army camp of Saul, facing Goliath, was not the only place to feel threatened.

 

The Bible is filled with the accounts of people who were feeling threatened.

 

In chapter 12 of Genesis, we notice that Abraham, known as the forefather of our faith, felt threatened. After obeying God’s command to leave, he arrived in Canaan, but he deserted Canaan for Egypt in time of famine. Worried about his own safety for having such a beautiful wife, he decided to pass off his wife as his sister, hoping to save his life at her expense. What a terrible decision! He completely ignored the sufferings of his wife in order to save his own skin. Why did he make such a decision?

Abram was under the power of the worldly authority and not yet under the authority of God. He was still not fully convinced about the powerful authority of God to preserve his life, and his imperfect faith was clearly shown in his move to Egypt.

 

Let us go back to today’s passage.

 

Now, a man appeared at the terrified camp of Saul.

And he changed everything.

This man asked around what was going on.

According to the Bible, Goliath just stepped out at that moment and shouted his usual defiance and this man heard it.

Then he said, “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” (1 Samuel 17:26b)

He was not overwhelmed by Goliath’s power.

 

Who was this man?

It was David.

He was capable of acknowledging the authority of God.

While all were in great fear of the power of Goliath, this man appeared on the scene, acknowledging the authority of God.

 

Everything was changed because of this man who acknowledged the authority of God.

With the appearance of David, the whole camp of Saul was excited and looked forward to the manifestation of God’s authority.

Most importantly, when David appeared on the scene, the authority of Goliath disappeared.

 

Jesus - the life-giving authority that came down to earth

    Jesus came into Saul’s camp.

    Jesus stirred the camp with excitement. 

    When Jesus manifested the life-giving authority, all began to be restored.

    Because of Jesus, all are now looking forward to the authority of God.

 

 

2.  The different authority of David

 

Today’s passage tells us the reason why David could be so bold and courageous in Saul’s camp and also on the battlefield, facing Goliath.

 

It was because he was under a different authority.

 

The army camp of Saul and David were looking at different authorities.

Saul’s camp saw the power of Goliath, while David saw the power of God.

We are very impressed with David’s words.

He called Saul’s army as ‘the armies of the living God’, because he must have seen God, behind Saul’s army.

But those in Saul’s camp didn’t see themselves as the armies of the living God. They had such a low esteem of themselves, in front of the powerful Goliath.

Their behavior is just like that of 10 scouts into the Promised Land of Canaan; they had said, “We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, compared to them.”

 

Today’s passage is set at the time of King Saul’s reign. The Israelites had experienced the deliverance of God and conquered the Promised Land of Canaan, but they still had the same inferiority complex about themselves.

Whenever they faced bigger adversaries, they acted the same.

The Israelites carried the same attitude, until the fall of the Israel.

 

Now, what are we focusing on?

Is it on the powerful Goliath? Or on the power of God?

 

< Solomon’s dedication of the temple, chapter 8 of ‘1 Kings’

After the temple was completed, at the dedication of the temple, Solomon prayed to God.

1.  Will God really dwell on earth, in this temple, when the heavens cannot contain you?

2.  Please hear the prayers of your people when we pray in this place and toward this temple.

 

At the dedication of the temple, Solomon was well aware that God wouldn’t really dwell in the confined space in the temple, but he prayed to God in heaven to hear their prayers from this holy place. He was urging God to pay attention to His people and to their ‘living faith’. >

 

What is the most important message in today’s passage?

The Bible is not telling us to be like David who was brave and courageous and such an expert in slingshot as to kill Goliath. It is not our goal to become a hero like David in our life of faith.

 

David was under a different authority, under the authority of God. And all the time at any place, he acknowledged that he was under God’s authority. David was an exemplary man of faith.

 

We want to be like David in our faith.

 

 

3.  How did David become so powerful?

 

How did David get to know the authority of God so intimately?

And how did he get to be under God’s authority so completely?

 

In today’s passage, after hearing about David’s intention, King Saul sent for him, but found him to be just a boy, so Saul said to David, “You are not able to go out and fight him, because you are only a boy.”

 

In Saul’s opinion, David was only a boy who should not go out to fight Goliath. This was Saul’s standard and the extent of Saul’s authority.

 

But, after hearing Saul’s remarks, David said, “The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”

 

David’s answer made me realize that our faith should be like David’s faith. It is very simple and not complicated, but very powerful.

 

His faith is based on two things.

1)  David is confessing the power of God that he had experienced. “God has done these things for me.”

2)  David is convinced that God will do the same things for him again. “God will do these things for me.”

 

What God did to deliver David from the paws of the lion and the bear when he was a shepherd gives him the conviction that God will deliver him from the challenges and dangers that he is facing today.

This simple principle is so crucially important.

 

These are the characteristics of the people who have this simple and important principle;

 

To people like David, the size of Goliath does not matter.

To people like David, only the size of God matters.

Saul was overwhelmed by the size of Goliath.

But David was holding onto the immense size of God and did not waver.

 

In our life of faith, we should hold tight onto the immense size of God and say;

“God has done everything + God will do everything.”

 

We should never feel intimidated because of the large size of Goliath. When we rely on the immense power of God, the size of Goliath should not matter to us.

 

Therefore, we can call David the owner of great authority, as he never lost the authority of God under any circumstances. Joseph was such a person also, and so were Daniel and Apostle Paul.

 

The secret of our victory is to become the owner of great authority.

Our problem is not any lack of experiences with the authority.

The more important issue is that we should become the owner of great authority today.   

 

 

 

 


   

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본문말씀 : Malachi 1:6-14
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