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The Rev Andries Combrink is a Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa.  He is amongst others a blogger and lyrics writer. To teach the Word of God is his calling,  based on the Reformed tradition. 

 

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Written by: Andries
Friday, July 06, 2018 12:47:14 AM  RssIcon

Israel and the Philistines were at war - again! They arranged their forces on opposite sides of a valley. This made it risky for either army to begin an attack. By descending one slope, crossing the valley floor and its stream, and climbing up the other side, the attackers would make themselves vulnerable. The result was a stalemate; neither army dared to leave its position.
 
It was the giant Goliath who provided a solution. He boastfully challenged anyone in Israel to a one-on-one confrontation. This encounter would decide the battle and the war.
 
The most important detail that the Bible gives us about Goliath is not his size, his armour or his challenge to Gods people. The most important detail is given in the word "defy." This word means "to treat with contempt or ridicule. Goliath defied "the armies of the living God" (1 Sam 17:26). He treated God with contempt. He mocked the Almighty.
 
But God had chosen David to be his servant. Bound up in David is the power of God, the honour of God, and the glory of God. Advancing towards the giant is David, God's chosen instrument to overcome an enemy who defied him.
 
David answered Goliath's challenge, because the LORD was with him. Victory and defeat were in the hands of the LORD. Not in the hands of David or his ridiculous “weapon” – a sling and a stone. It was God who defeated Goliath - not David or his sling.
 
David’s victory made a statement to the Philistines, the Israelites and to us: that the name of the LORD is sufficient to strike the strongest enemy to the ground. The battle belongs to the Lord (1 Sam 17: 47), and the Lord will give his enemy into our hands, however insufficient our defence may be.
 
To save us today, God once more has a chosen instrument – it is Jesus Christ, his eternal Son. God still defeats the enemy without sword or spear.
The Lord still uses what seems completely inadequate to save us. Of all things, God uses a cross and a grave, a crucifixion and a resurrection.
 
God uses what seems to be weak, to put the strong to shame.
He uses his Son, dying on the cross and arising from the grave, to defeat the powers of darkness. As always, the battle belongs to the Lord.
As always it is not our weapons that make the difference – it is our God.
Because the battle still belongs to the LORD, and so does the victory.
It is God who defeats the enemy, not David, you, or I.
    

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