Monday, January 3, 2011
There is None Like It
And the priest said, The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom thou slewest in the valley of Elah, behold, it is here wrapped in a cloth behind the Ephod, if thou wilt take that, take it: for there is no other save that here. And David said, There is none like that; give it me. I Samuel 21:9
Our sermon yesterday was quite interesting. I had never paid enough attention to this particular verse before to get out of it what was brought forth yesterday. David was running from Saul, at a low point in his life, and had come to Ahimelech the priest. He asked the priest if he had either a sword or spear because he (David) had no weapon on him. The above verse was Ahimelech's answer.
We thought about three important lessons from all this: First, we thought about the providence of God in David's life which had brought him to that point in time; then we thought about how the priest had reminded David of what he had already accomplished when he had slain the Philistine, and then we were reminded of what that one sword represented: The sword that almost destroyed Israel was the same sword that freed Israel. No wonder David said there was none like it.
All of these truths were applied to our own lives here and now: Of course concerning God's providence in His dealing with each of us; then how we should remind each other of God's work in our lives, the remembrance of which will give us confidence and strength. And we were finally reminded that the accomplishment of one seemingly insignificant person against a mighty foe can encourage the rest of us to fight the Lord's battles.
Very good lessons indeed.