From Your Pastor, July 31

From Your Pastor, July 31

The Cerebral Assassin is Champion

 When the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground. So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. There was no sword in the hand of David. Then David ran and stood over the Philistine and took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him and cut off his head with it. When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled.

1 Samuel 17.48-51

 David was not an underdog; he was a cerebral assassin. The curtain opened at the beginning of the story with giant who “came out from the camp of the Philistines a champion named Goliath of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span” (1 Samuel 17.4). Goliath mocked the Israelites and their God. Goliath suffered from a swollen ego also known as pride.

The problem with pride, however, is that you don’t see the ‘little guys’ plotting to overtake you. Sure, you are hyper-focused on the big guys, but that’s the weakness. Pride makes one blind to the real threat, which is always the people they pay no attention to.

The moment Goliath was ready to fight David, “David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine.” Once again pride blinded Goliath because he saw David running at him. Goliath must have thought that David was going to engage him through hand-to-hand combat. That was a lethal mistake. “The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground.”

It was a big to-do about nothing. The Philistines had painted their face, hit themselves in the chest and went through a series of physical and mental gyrations; but it all amounted to nothing. “Then David ran and stood over the Philistine and took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him and cut off his head with it.” David decided to take a souvenir as he ‘headed’ home. Who was the real champion? The Philistine champion or the shepherd boy? The man bloated with pride or the humble boy? The humble servant.

Do you see how “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16.18)? “If you have been foolish, exalting yourself, or if you have been devising evil, put your hand on your mouth” (Proverbs 30.32).

Who does the humble servant boy remind us of? Christ Jesus. Jesus did not look like a champion. He may have had poor grammar and was uneducated, but he did not have a distended ego. Yet—he was a cerebral assassin. On the cross, “He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him” (Colossians 2.15). Christ is our Champion!

—Pastor Knox