Coach Dave Daubenmire
November 21, 2013
“And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” I Samuel 17:26
God uses people to expand his Kingdom and operates through people to see His will be done “on earth as it is in heaven.” He doesn't have to. God can do whatever He so desires, with or without our help.
But throughout history his modus operandi has been to use a man to get things done. “Be fruitful and multiply and subdue the earth.” He created man to be the conduit through which His power would flow.
The Bible is a chronicle of how he has operated through men. God is ever-present in the story of the world.
The Bible is evidence. It is an eye-witness account of the workings of God through all generations and races of men. We do ourselves a great disservice by failing to teach our children this basic fact. The Bible is an historical account. It is not just a book full of “stories.”
That is one of the reasons the impact of Christianity is fading. We have not taught the Bible to our children as history, but as allegory.
Our schools teach our children science and history. Churches teach our children Bible “stories.” We talk about the life of George Washington, Abe Lincoln, and Charles Darwin in historical terms in our schools while we teach the Bible as make-believe “stories” about long-ago characters.
Science, history, evidence, proof...as opposed to stories, fantasy, and faith. Which do we expect to carry more weight with the our children? I mean, heck, Copernicus, Galileo, and Einstein were historical figures. Moses, Daniel, and David were merely “characters” in the Bible.
Historical facts...Bible Stories...which do you expect our kids to believe?
Look. Paul was a real dude. So was Ezekiel, Jeremiah, and Daniel. They were just as real as the other famous folks we read about in our history books. The Bible is the historical account of God moving through history in the lives of people. David really did decapitate Goliath. Giants really did live in the world. God really did deliver the 10 Commandments to Moses on Mt. Sinai.
It is too bad that we don't teach the Bible as history. We teach the Bible the same way we teach about Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and The Grinch. We have fantasied the Bible.
That's why we won't defend the Lord anymore. We have turned the Gospel of the Kingdom and the miracles of the Bible into fairy tales called “Bible stories.”
The Bible is a harsh book, especially the Old Testament. History is harsh. Life can be harsh. When did God's people become so soft?
As the historical Bible teaches us, God has always flowed like a river through history. The Book is replete with the accounts of God raising up kings and destroying kings, vast destruction and miraculous rescues, destroyers and deliverers, kingdoms built and kingdoms destroyed, individual feats and individual failures. The historical account of God working with, through, and in man is what the Bible is about.
God took sides, He often switched sides, and He regularly blessed those who obeyed Him and judged those who didn't. God, at least in the Old Testament, was One Bad Dude.
When did He change? When did God stop operating through His people to advance His Kingdom? Why did He teach us to pray “Thy Kingdom Come, Thy will be done IN EARTH, as it is in Heaven”?
At what point did the Bible become about surrendering a Kingdom rather than advancing one?
When did Christians stop defending their King?
Which brings me back where I started...with David. This verse from the historical eye witness account of the battle between David and Goliath has always caused me heartburn.
“for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
Quick. Read it again.
Notice that David does not complain about Goliath defying God, but rather, the ARMIES of the living God.
To put it into Coach-speak, David asks, “Who is that dude talking to you all that way?” David knew God could take care of himself. It was the people he was worried about. “Where is your courage boys? You are a poor representative of the King you claim to represent. Why are you letting the enemy walk all over you this way?”
It is a living God we serve. Not an old dead, allegorical God. What has happened to the armies of the Living God? Why won't they fight for their King?
Has their ever been a generation of people as soft as the current clan of compliant Christians who care little about the culture in which they live? Has the world ever seen an “army” so apathetic and ambivalent in defense of the honor of their King?
Jesus is identified in the Bible as not only the speaker of truth but the actual incarnation of truth. “I am,” He declared, “the way the truth, and the life.” Any time you defend the truth your are defending the character of God.
I ask you again, why won't Christians defend the Lord? Why do we choose Republicans to speak for us?
Every where you look in America you see the truth under attack. Jesus told His disciples that they were the “salt of the earth.” But in the next breath He warned that if a Christian “lost His savor” that he would be considered “good for nothing except to be cast out and walked all over by the culture.”
The armies of Satan are goose-stepping their way all across the land daring and defying the armies of the living God to rise up and do something about it. But instead of fighting back they hide in their pews and cower in fear, ashamed of the Gospel and the Christ they claim to serve. The musical group Casting Crowns explained it this way:
Oh what I would do to have the kind of strength it takes to stand before a giant with just a sling and a stone. Surrounded by the sound of a thousand warriors shaking in their armor wishing they'd have had the strength to stand.
But the giant's calling out my name and he laughs at me. Reminding me of all the times I've tried before and failed. The giant keeps on telling me time and time again "boy, you'll never win!
"You'll never win.”
The modern American church stands impotent in the face of today's Goliaths...convinced not only that they cannot win..but that God doesn't even want them to fight. We serve a conquering King. Jesus is not honored in defeat.
In the historical story of I Samuel 17 we are told that David boldly declared to the “professional Christians” hiding behind the mulberry bushes, “Is there not a cause?”
That same question echoes through the halls of eternity today reverberating like a thunderclap to a cowardly church huddled in their stain-glassed fortress...IS THERE NOT A CAUSE...?
Goliath bellowed at the little rouge-faced shepherd boy “Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.”
David, running towards Goliath, declared for all of the witnesses to hear, “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.”
The world is at war with truth. In today's world David's behavior wouldn't seem very Christian.
Jehovah asked Isaiah “I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”
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“Here am I,” Isaiah answered. “Send me.”
“Who is that uncircumcised Philistine? Let me at him,” David said. “I'll teach him to mock my King?”
What about you? Will you be the Lord's defender? Will you speak His oracles? Will you defend his character?
Jesus gave His life for you? Why won't Christians defend the Lord?
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