Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Journal Through The Bible: Week 39 Tuesday

I Samuel chapter 17

David had been Saul's armor bearer but David returned home to Bethlehem to his previous job as his father's shepherd prior to this military campaign. After David killed Goliath Saul needed to know the name of David's father so that the king could honor Jesse by making his house free from taxation.

Does God issue any commands in this chapter?

  • God did not speak in this chapter.

Does God make any promises?

  • God did not speak in this chapter.

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • While David, his father's shepherd, was away from the flock interceding for his brothers as his father required he found a temporary shepherd to take his place in his absence. Jesus, the Great Shepherd has left under shepherds (pastors) to care for His flock while He is away being our intercessor as His Father has decreed.
  • David was not appreciated by his brothers and was falsely accused by them of being a nuisance when he was sent on a mission by his father. Jesus was not appreciated by His siblings either and was falsely accused of being a nuisance when His Father sent Him to earth on His mission. (Both David and Jesus saw their siblings experience a change of heart after the completion of their missions.)
  • The Philistine fought with worldly weapons but David fought with the power of God. Satan fought Jesus with worldly weapons (the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life) when he tempted Him but Jesus fought back with the power of God, specifically God's Word.
  • When David fought the battle his father received the honor and the glory as the head of his son. When Jesus fought the battle His Father received all the honor and glory as the head of His Son.

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • David told Goliath that in this, Goliath's final battle, David was going to take his head off of his shoulders. First he had to wound the giant in the head with a stone before administering the final blow with a sword. The prophecy of Genesis 3:15 says that the Messiah will bruise the serpent's head but that the serpent would bruise the Messiah's heel. The heel-bruising has already taken place and when it comes to bruising the serpent's head, that also happened with the Resurrection. The serpent's head has been bruised but at the final battle he will receive his mortal wound with the double-edged sword, the Word of God.
  • At the end of the battle the Hebrews took the spoil of the enemy's belongings. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus said the meek will inherit the earth. After the final battle there will be a new Earth where only believers live. The enemy will no longer have access to anyone or anything on this new Earth.

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