Tuesday 5 March, 2013

1 Samuel 17:1-11

17 The Philistines gathered their army together for war. They came to Socoh in Judah. They set up camp at Ephes Dammim. It was between Socoh and Azekah. 2 Saul and the army of Israel gathered together. They camped in the Valley of Elah. They lined up their men to fight against the Philistines. 3 The Philistine army was camped on one hill. Israel’s army was on another. The valley was between them. 4 A mighty hero named Goliath came out of the Philistine camp. He was from Gath. He was more than nine feet tall. 5 He had a bronze helmet on his head. He wore a coat of bronze armor. It weighed 125 pounds. 6 On his legs he wore bronze guards. He carried a bronze javelin on his back. 7 His spear was as big as a weaver’s rod. Its iron point weighed 15 pounds. The man who carried his shield walked along in front of him. 8 Goliath stood and shouted to the soldiers of Israel. He said, “Why do you come out and line up for battle? I’m a Philistine. You are servants of Saul. Choose one of your men. Have him come down and face me. 9 If he’s able to fight and kill me, we’ll become your slaves. But if I win and kill him, you will become our slaves and serve us.” 10 Goliath continued, “This very day I dare the soldiers of Israel to send a man down to fight against me.” 11 Saul and the whole army of Israel heard what the Philistine said. They were terrified.

Today’s topic tells us how the eyes and ears affect our faith in God.

 

We all know the nature/duty of a soldier is to fight against an enemy and protect the nation. So, while the Philistines gathered their forces for war, Saul and the Israelites celebrex without prescription also assembled and drew in battle lines to meet the Philistines.

 

Saul and Israelites were prepared to fight the Philistines, to beat the enemy, to protect their land and country…..

 

But, when they SEE Goliath who was a champion, over 9 feet tall, with spear shaft was like a weaver’s rod, and HEAR the words from Goliath, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.

 

Why? Why did Saul and the Israelites become so weak??

 

They were ready to fight against Philistines.

They had the will to fight.

They were not supposed to be afraid of any Philistine

…..

 

The answer is what they SEE and HEAR.  They saw by eyes and ears of the flesh and not by faith.

In God’s eyes, Goliath is as same/normal as other Philistines.

I remembered there was a children’s song said:

O be careful little eyes what you see

O be careful little eyes what you see

There’s a Father up above

And He’s looking down in love

So, be careful little eyes what you see
O be careful little ears what you hear

O be careful little ears what you hear

There’s a Father up above

And He’s looking down in love

So, be careful little ears what you hear

People always say: To see is to believe!!

But, for the Christian, my challenge is : How is it we see and what is it we believe?

 

Dear Lord, help me to see and hear everything through Jesus Christ and by faith, not just by my fleshly eyes and ears!! Amen.

Written by Allen Leu

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  1. David newton says:

    This is such an important point! The eyes and the ears are the access points to the inner man.

    I once made a prayerful inquiry to God – “Why am I so slow to mature in my faith?”

    I believe I received a one word answer – “television” !

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