DAVID AND GOLIATH: THE SPIRIT OF FAITH AND THE SPIRIT OF FEAR – CHAPTER 13
GOOD NEWS: FRIGHTENED SHEEP BECOME FEARLESS SHEPHERDS
DAVID’S SEPARATES FROM KING SAUL’S CHURCH UNIVERSAL
(1 Sam 17:14-15)
And David was the youngest: and the three eldest followed Saul
[symbolic of denominations; also
connotative of the false trinity]. But
David [anointed] went and returned
[withdrew] from Saul [un-anointed]
to feed his father's sheep at
(1 Sam 16:13) Then Samuel
took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So
Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah. (1 Sam 16:14) But the spirit of the
LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled [to fear: affright,
be (make) afraid, terrify] him [i.e.
the spirit of fear].
(2 Cor 6:17,18) Wherefore come out from among them [King Saul’s church], and
be ye separate [to set off by
boundary: divided, severed], saith the Lord, and touch
not [to attach oneself to /// fasten
to] the unclean thing [impure
(morally [lewd] or spec. [demonic]): foul]; and I will receive you, And will
be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
(Rev 18:4,5) And I heard
another voice from heaven, saying, Come
out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers [sharers]
of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins
have reached unto heaven, and God hath
remembered [vs. forgotten, i.e.
not forgiven] her iniquities [evil
(1 Sam 17:16) And
the [uncircumcised] Philistine
drew near morning and evening [to
defile, to distract Israelite thoughts from the daily 9am morning sacrifice and
the daily 3pm evening sacrifice], and
presented himself [yatsab, yaw-tsab':
“in the tabernacle” Deut 31:14; “before God” Josh 24:1; “before the
LORD” Job 1:6] forty days [symbol of testing – of the church].
(Deu 8:1,2) All the
commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye
may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD
sware unto your fathers. And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy
God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee,
and to prove [test] thee,
to know what was in thine heart, whether
thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.
(Dan 12:9-11) And he said,
Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the
end. Many shall be purified, and made
white, and tried [to fuse (metal),
refined: cast, founder, goldsmith, melted, purified, purged]; but the
wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand;
but the wise shall understand. And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that
maketh desolate set up [i.e. Goliath],
there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days [3 ˝ years + 30 days].
BUT WHO ARE HIS FATHER’S SHEEP??
(Psa 23:1) A
Psalm of David. The LORD is my
shepherd; I shall not want.
(Psa 100:1-3) A
Psalm of praise. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve
the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the
LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we
are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
(Ezek 34:31) And
ye my flock, the flock of my pasture, are
men, and I am your God, saith the Lord GOD.
AND THE FOOD WE EAT IS THE WORD OF GOD: MILK AND MEAT
(1 Pet 2:1,2) Wherefore
laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all
evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire
the sincere milk of the word,
that ye may grow thereby:
(1 Cor 3:1-3) And I, brethren, could not speak unto
you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal
[pertaining to the flesh, fleshly -
worldly], even as unto babes
[infants, fig. immature Christians] in
Christ. I have fed you with milk,
and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now
are ye able. For ye are yet
carnal [fleshly - worldly]: for whereas there is among you envying, and
strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal [fleshly
- worldly], and walk as men [vs.
saints and children of God]?
(Heb 5:10-14) Called
of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec. Of whom we have
many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull
of hearing. For when for the time ye
ought to be teachers [i.e. mature],
ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles [i.e.
basics] of the oracles [utterances]
of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
For every one that useth [drinks] milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for
he is a babe [an infant, an
immature Christian: child]. But strong
meat belongeth to them that are of full age [mature],
even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised [practiced,
trained] to discern [judicial estimation] both
good and evil.
Obedience (characteristic of sheep) comes before command (characteristic
(Heb 5:8,9) Though he were a
Son, yet learned he obedience [characteristic
of sheep] by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became
the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey
him [characteristic of shepherds];
Both milk and meat are good for food. Milk is digestible relatively
instantly, but a portion of meat requires more time to digest in that it must be
slowly chewed, ground down, and separated into smaller elements, i.e.
figuratively, it must be meditated upon: examined, scrutinized - discerned.
saved men are sheep.
(Psa 23:1; 100:1-3; Ezek 34:31). God clearly intends that we eat the milk
and the meat of God’s word. (1 Cor 3:1-3; Heb 5:10-14) Sheep
do not eat meat; shepherds eat meat.
Frightened sheep and fearless shepherds in the flock of God are not two
separate entities, but the beginning
(sheep) and the ending (shepherd) of a single range, band, or spectrum of born again saints - we are each being transformed from frightened
sheep into fearless (no fear) shepherds.
WE ARE BEING TRANSFORMED FROM FRIGHTENED SHEEP INTO FEARLESS SHEPHERDS
(Rom 12:1,2) I
beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your
bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable
service. And be not conformed to this world:
but be ye transformed [metamorphoo;
("metamorphosized"): changed, transfigured] by the renewing
[restoration] of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and
acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
(Psa 22:6) But I am a worm [a maggot; the
crimson grub: scarlet, worm], and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of
Indeed, in a figure, Jesus Christ was transformed (changed, transfigured)
from a worm (caterpillar) into a butterfly on the cross – and flew away. We
are worms, but we are most often and specifically sheep.
(John 12:24) Verily, verily,
I say unto you, Except a corn [seed]
of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it
bringeth forth much fruit [the seed
doesn’t look anything like the fruit that it shall become: worm into
butterfly; sheep into shepherd; Law into Grace].
(1 John 3:2) Beloved, now
are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear
what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we
shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
(John 10:11) I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the
(John 10:14) I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
WE ARE BEING TRANSFORMED FROM SERVANT (SHEEP) INTO FRIEND (SHEPHERD) OF GOD
If ye keep my commandments [obedience],
ye shall abide in my love; even as I have
kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I
spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be
full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his
friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call
you not servants [sheep];
for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends
[shepherds]; for all things that I
have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen
me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit [“The Great Commission” Mark 16:15], and that your fruit should remain
[i.e. eternal fruit – eternal salvation]: that whatsoever ye shall
ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. These things I command you,
that ye love one another.
(James 2:23) And the
scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was
imputed [to take an inventory, accounted]
unto him for righteousness: and he was called the
Friend of God.
(Rev 1:6) And hath made
us [from His sheep (followers) into
His] kings and priests [i.e. shepherds (leaders)] unto God and his Father; to him be glory
and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
(Rev 5:10) And hast made
us [from His sheep (followers)]
unto our God kings and priests [i.e.
shepherds (leaders)]: and we shall
reign [rule] on the earth.