Friday, April 30, 2010

"That Sounds Like David!"

We read about King Hezekiah this morning in 2 Chronicles 29-32, and as we discussed Hezekiah's response to Sennacherib's threats to destroy Jerusalem, Jordan said, "That sounds like David!"

King Hezekiah encouraged the people of Judah with these words: "Be strong and courageous! Don't be afraid of the king of Assyria or his mighty army, for there is a power far greater on our side! He may have a great army, but they are just men. We have the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles for us!" (2 Chronicles 32:7-8)

Just as the Philistine giant Goliath had slandered the God of the Israelites in 1 Samuel 17, so Sennacherib belittled the God he clearly did not know, boasting that "no god of any nation has ever been yet able to rescue his people from me or my ancestors. How much less will your God rescue you from my power!" (2 Chronicles 32:15)

In response to Sennacherib's boasting, the angel of the LORD destroyed the Assyrian army, and after Sennacherib returned home in disgrace, he was killed by his own sons. (v. 20-21)

Doesn't it sound similar to the humiliating end of mighty Goliath and the defeat of the powerful Philistine army?

David, a shepherd boy armed only with a slingshot, had shouted at Goliath, "You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD Almighty--the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today the LORD will conquer you...and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! And everyone will know that the LORD does not need weapons to rescue his people. It is his battle, not ours. The LORD will give you to us!" (1 Samuel 17:45-47)

And Goliath fell dead from the impact of one of David's stones on his forehead.

Like Hezekiah and like David, we want to stand in the face of an enemy who can appear bigger and stronger than us; and to trust not in our own strength, but in our great God, who does not need weapons to fight.

We too want to "sound like David!"

1 comment:

  1. Esther VanderlaanMay 4, 2010 at 9:52 AM

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