A Word From The Pastor

Will You Volunteer?

April 23, 2017
Pastor Kaiser

1 Samuel 17:10 And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together. 

 

1 Samuel 17:10 And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together. 

   The Philistine spoken of here is Goliath, the giant that David slew with a sling and a stone.  The Israeli and Philistine armies are stationed on opposite ridges facing each other to do battle.  The armies are located about sixteen miles southwest of Jerusalem.  For forty consecutive days the Giant Goliath would descend into the valley between the two armies, defying the army of the living God, and challenging any man of Israel to fight.  The Bible informs us that daily when the Giant would speak that the men of Israel, from the king down, were greatly dismayed. 
   The number forty in Scripture represents completion.  God told Noah that He would cause it to rain for forty days and forty nights; and it did, Gen 7:4.  In Ex 28:18 Moses spent forty days on Mt Sinai receiving from God the Ten Commandments.  The twelve Hebrew men that were sent to spy the land of Canaan were there forty days; Numbers 13:25; and again Israel was in the wilderness for forty years for refusing to take the land God would give them.  Elijah survived for forty days from the food that the angel fed him with; I Kings 19:8.  The Prophet Jonah told the city of Ninevah that in forty days their city would be destroyed; Jonah 3:4.  Finally, it was for forty days that Jesus was in the wilderness being tempted by the devil; Mark 1:13.  And so this does not necessarily mean that every trial or suffering that we go through will end in forty days; but biblically the number forty is very significant in showing us God’s time frame for completion.
   The giant Goliath for forty days cried out to the Israeli army give me a man that we may fight together.  It is quite sad that for a period of forty days his request was not met.  There was an entire army present to fight, but not one single man that would go toe to toe with the Giant.  We all know and agree that there are giants in our lives.  The Lord is just looking for folks that will stand up to the giants and allow God to show forth His power.  Will you volunteer?