1 Samuel 17:1-3 “Down for the count”
Jun 29 2020
1 Samuel 17:1-3
“Down for the count”
In 1 Samuel 17:1-39 we have one of the most familiar stories in the entire Bible, the
battle between David and Goliath. Though this story is involving a real incident it also
serves to illustrate spiritual truth relative to our lives today. You see we too face giants in
our lives, those areas where the obstacles to our victory cause us too to cower at their
mere presence. There are four points in the first three verses about the location of the
battle that give us insight into the giants that we often face:
a. “Now the Philistines gathered their armies together to battle”: The Philistines
were mortal enemies of the children of God and had great success against
them until the time of Samuel. My point is that a defeated army makes for a
large giant! Often in our lives it is the very areas where we have had great
success at defeating those things that war against us that come back to taunt us
by their sheer size and power. Many a giant could be avoided in our lives
by simply remembering the truth that Samuel shared, “return to the Lord
and put away our foreign god’s”!
b. “Were gathered together at Sochoh, which belongs to Judah”: The narrative is
very specific. The Philistine army was gathered together on land that did not
belong to them, in an interesting place where Jacob built a booth as he
separated from his worldly brother Esau. Saint’s a defeated enemy seems to
always want to gather and take up residence in an area that does not belong to
them where we separated from the world and Christ has made His home. I
suggest to you that the best way to keep giants out of your land is to make
sure that Jesus remains in your booth!
c. “They encamped between Sochoh and Azekah, in Ephes Dammim.” The
enemy’s encampment, between Sochoh “booths” and Azekah “tilled” was
where Joshua, defeated the Amorite kings by God’s miraculous shower of
hailstones. Ephes Dammim means the “boundary of blood” ! Christian the
area of encampment of the enemy will be in the area won in the blood of our
Savior. The enemy cannot ever advance beyond the “boundary of blood” and
if we would allow our hearts to be tilled by this miraculous truth our enemy is
defeated before he steps forth to shout one lie!
d. Vs. 2-3 “Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and they
encamped in the Valley of Elah, and drew up in battle array against the
Philistines.” The name “Elah” is a word that means a large tree like an oak or
a pine tree. The army of God gathered in the valley of the large tree and drew
up their battle array. I love this picture as they were under the cross on a hill
before them the boundary of blood. On the other side of the valley is the
enemy who has been defeated already and is on land that God. Sounds like
victory to me!
If we would simply recall the truths contained in God’s word all we would need to do is
stand on a hill under the tree by the boundary of blood with our hearts tilled abiding
in the Lord and the giants we face won’t stand a chance!
This has been Pastor Dale, Blessings!