1 Samuel 17:40 (NLT2)
He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started across the valley to fight the Philistine.
David was fresh out of the field attending the sheep when the call came.
How many of you didn’t have formal training when you got the call?
DAVID’S PREPARATION DIDN’T COME ON THE BATTLE FIELD BUT IN THE SHEEP FIELD.
- DAVID KEEP THE FLOCK’S WELFARE ON HIS MIND
- A shepherd’s primary responsibility was the safety and welfare of the flock.
- A shepherd would direct the flock to an area of green grass
- A shepherd would keep a watchful eye out for poisonous plants, other animal and serpents.
Shepherds would even sleep near the sheep. The shepherd knows that there is a need to be close to the animals to protect and provide for them.
Sheepherders were on call around the clock.
HAVE ANYONE EXPERIENCE THAT PASTORING IS 24/7 JOB?
- PROTECTING THEM FROM PREDATORS WAS A MAIN OBJECTIVE
- PROVIDING A HEALTH CARE FOR THE SHEEP WAS AN OBJECTIVE
- THE SHEPHERD MUST SHEARING THE FLOCK
Unlike other animals that shed their hair in the spring, many breeds of sheep must be shorn – have their fleece cut off with shears or clippers.
Metaphorically, the term “shepherd” is used for God, especially in the Judeo-Christian tradition (e.g. Psalm 23, Ezekiel 34), and in Christianity especially for Jesus, who called himself the Good Shepherd. The Ancient Israelites were a pastoral people and there were many shepherds among them.
THEY HAD A FULL GRASP ON PSALMS 23.. THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD
NOT ALL SHEPHERDS HAD THE SAME GIFTEDNESS. THERFORE WE MUST KEEP FULL KNOWLEDGE OF OUR AREAS OF GIFTEDNESS.
YOUR CALLING IS TIED TO YOUR GIFT(S)
EACH MAN HAS BEEN GIVEN TALENTS ACCORDING TO THEIR ABILITIES.
Matthew 25:15 (KJV)
And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
Why was the king so hard on the man who had not gained more money? He punished the man because
(1) He didn’t share his master’s interest in the kingdom;
(2) He didn’t trust his master’s intentions; and
(3) His only loyalty was to himself. Like the king in this story, God has given you gifts to use for the benefit of his kingdom.
- Do you want the kingdom to grow?
- Do you trust God to govern it fairly?
- Are you as concerned for the welfare of others as for your own?
If you can answer yes to these questions, you are faithfully using what he has entrusted to you.
David picked up what he was familiar with 5 stones (1 Samuel 17:40). … David didn’t need 20 stones but just as many as he could handle.
It was David’s skills and abilities that he learned as a shepherd boy, which God maximized with Grace, which gave him the unexpected advantage over his enemy.
EACH STONE DAVID PICKED UP HAD A DESIGNED PURPOSE:
- He had one for faith,
- one for obedience,
- one for service, and
- one for his prayer life
- one for the Spirit of the Lord which meant he possess the Right Attitude.
- The first smooth stone that David picked up may represent the first pillar of the gospel, the principle of faith.
David demonstrated great faith in God as he took on the giant named Goliath. Verses 33-37:
- The second smooth stone that David picked up may be the stone of obedience.
Obedience is the second of the gospel.
Through obedience we exercise the principle of faith. David was in the right place at the right time, because he obeyed his father.
If David had not obeyed his father, Israel would have been under siege for a longer period of time. Let’s read verse 20 of I Samuel 17:n
- The third smooth stone that David picked up may well be the pillar of Service. Without service the stones of faith and obedience will have no power or strength.
Service is the action associated with faith and the implementation of obedience.
When David arrived at the army with the food for his brothers, he heard Goliath issue his challenge and watched as the soldiers all shrank from their assigned duty. In verses 26-29 David asked some very pointed questions to the soldiers and of his brothers. Essentially David ask them why they weren’t doing their duty, their service to their country and family.
Too many pastors have given in to the Lukewarm of just going through the motion of leadership without truly believing that with God all things are possible.
In verse 28 his own brother scolds him and says that David is proud and boastful. To which David replies in verse 29 and 32 exhibiting his willingness to serve:
Yes I have been criticized for being different!
- The fourth smooth stone that David picked up may represent the pillar of an active
prayer life. As David went to meet Goliath he had a prayer in his heart. Let’s read verse 45: 1 Samuel 17:45b
but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
- The final smooth stone that David picked up was the pillar of right attitude.
He not only had faith, obedience, service, and prayed, but he had the proper attitude in the Lord.
Because of his faith, obedience, service, and prayer life with God and the right attitude in the Lord David was able to defeat his enemy.
know as well as I do that the Holy Ghost
cannot stay with us and guide us if we are not “behaving” ourselves wisely. In
order to have the right attitude you
need the Holy Ghost to aid us in
behaving wisely. 1 Samuel 18:14 (KJV)
And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the LORD was with him.
- What are your Goliaths?
- How many Goliaths have you faced in your ministry life?
- How many times have you heard the words of Goliath “I defy the armies and the God of Israel this day”?
- Modern day Goliaths may be in the form of a fear of others opinion of you, fear that people will not follow without you compromising, or fear of a disconnect between you and the congregation age wise.
TODAY’S PASTOR’S FACE FEARS:
- Not being able to reach a multi-generational church
- A generation of people who question everything
- A generation that demands more from the church
- A generation who values have shifted from church centered to self centered.
- A generation who worship time.
THE GOLIATH OF DAVID’S TIME STATED THE CONDITIONS OF THE BATTLE:
If he won, the Israelites would become slaves to the Philistines.
If the Israelite challenger won, the Philistines would be slaves to the Israelites.
Modern day Goliaths issue the same conditions with their challenge, if they win we will become slaves to a behavior that will not allow us to live out the Great Commandment or the Great Commission.
If Goliath wins the church will given into the worldly ways?
Remember you have been called to make a difference.
Remember you have been called to the battle.
Remember you have been call for such a time as this.
IF IT WAS NOT FOR YOUR CALLING YOUR GOLIATH WOULD WIN.
But because of your calling you have not been given the spirit of fear but of love power and sound mind.
You have been called to this conference to go back and make a difference.
When David first got the call to face Goliath he first attempted to arm himself with the modern weaponry available to him.
He put on the helmet and coat of mail of Saul. Then he strapped the sword of Saul around his waist. But David was not familiar with these protections, nor was he able to move about in them very well. Note his words at the end of verse 39:
“…And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him.”
Instead of using the armor of Saul, David turned to something that was familiar to him and something that he had proved before. Let’s read verse 40:
“And he took his staff in his hand and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.”
So armed with a shepherds staff, his sling in his hand, and five smooth stones in his shepherd’s bag David went to meet Goliath. We know the result of that meeting.
May I also suggest that the method that David selected was proven gospel which is written in the word of God the bible. The gospel based principles have been proven and tested on Goliaths of the past and present and will work in the future?
Prepare yourselves with these Pillars:
- Obedience to God
- Mind to serve
- Active prayer life
- Keeping the right attitude with God