Divine Disruptions Sermon Series Part 5
The Disruption of Battling
I Sam. 17:17-23
- David’s Occupation – I Sam. 16:11; 19; 17:15, 20, 28
- David’s Ordination – I Sam. 16:12, 13
- David’s Observation – I Sam. 17:23-
- David’s Obligation – I Sam. 17:29-37
- David’s Operation – I Sam. 17:38-40
- David’s Obliteration – I Sam. 17:49-51
- David’s Ovation – I Sam. 17:52
I. The Provocation of the Battle – I Samuel 17:8-10 …I defy the armies of Israel this day…
There was open, unmistakable opposition to God and his people.
This wasn’t a figment of someone’s imagination.
This was happening.
The enemy was open. The enemy was obvious. The enemy was outspoken. The enemy was
II. The Procrastination of the Battle – I Samuel 17:11; 16; 24 …forty days…dismayed…fled from him…sore afraid…
I love this question asked by Goliath in verse 8:
- Why are ye come out to set your battle in array? GOOD QUESTION!!!
Notice verse 19 – Now Saul, and they, and all the men of Israel were in the valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines.
Notice verse 20 – …as the host was going forth to the fight, and shouted for the battle.
Notice verse 21 – For Israel and the Philistines had put the battle in array, army against army
It appears to me that there was a lot of noise, a lot of threats, a lot of shouting, but not a lot of fighting.
III. The Presentation for the Battle – I Samuel 17:32 …thy servant will go and fight…
He didn’t come to fight.
He didn’t come to risk his life.
He didn’t come to make enemies.
When he woke up that morning, he had NO IDEA that he would be fighting a giant before he went to bed.
He didn’t come to take over. (Remember – he was the king’s armor-bearer 16:21)
He was the rookie. He was the novice. He was the kid. He was the shepherd boy.
But there was a battle to be fought, and nobody else was willing to do it.
So David volunteered to go fight.
NOTE: Nobody asked him to. Nobody expected him to. Nobody even wanted him to. But he volunteered.
He wasn’t asking for a fight.
He didn’t provoke the fight.
He didn’t start the fight.
But he volunteered to fight.
He had no idea that this day would define him to the world for the rest of all time.
He had no clue when he walked up to that army that day that his life would forever be altered.
He had no way of knowing the long-term ramifications of him volunteering to fight. (vs. 9 they would be servants)
IV. The Preparation for the Battle – I Sam. 17:34-40 …thy servant slew both the lion and the bear…
It was at this time that David realized that God had supernaturally prepared him for this day.
All of sudden, the past struggles and past adversities in his life came into clear focus.
He understood that God had allowed those things to come into his life to prepare him for this battle.
All the other battles that he had fought were preparation for this battle.
- God will never put you in a battle that you cannot win.
- God will never allow you to encounter an enemy that you cannot overcome.
David could have acknowledged God’s help with the lion and the bear, but balked at the giant with these excuses:
This is different!
That was where nobody could see me.
There wasn’t as much at stake as there is now…
That just kinda happened; I didn’t have time to think about it.
God has already prepared you. Why hesitate?
V. The Proclamation in the Battle – I Sam. 17:41-47 …I come to thee in the name of the Lord…
David’s proclamation to Goliath was not one of self-reliance.
It was not a proclamation of past accomplishments or male bravado.
He went to war in the name of the Lord; invoking the power of God to fight his battle.
NOTE – vs. 46 this day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand…
Notice David’s motivation –
- 46 …that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
- 47 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.
VI. The Preservation in the Battle – I Sam. 17:48-5 So David prevailed over the Philistine…
Though the enemy was mightier than he, David’s God was mightier than the enemy.
Because David was willing to allow God to disrupt his life with an unexpected battle, God used David to save Israel.