Facing Our Five
David, the shepherd boy, gathered five smooth stones,
not because he thought he would miss his first target, Goliath,
but because Goliath had four ugly brothers.
1 Samuel 17:39-42 (KJV)
And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him. 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 [a small bag or pouch, typically one carried by a pilgrim, shepherd, or beggar.]; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine. 41 And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David; and the man that bare the shield went before him. 42 And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy [(of a person’s face) having a healthy red color:], and of a fair countenance.
The young man David, was not unfamiliar with facing his enemies. David had previously rescued one of his lambs from the mouth of a lion, and another one of his lambs from the mouth of a bear. And David slew the lion and the bear with his hands that were trained for warfare.
David was quick in his spirit to be ready to face his enemies on the field of battle–unlike many soldiers in Saul’s army.
Throughout David’s life he had many enemies to contend with: Even Goliath. Even his own King, Saul, pursued David with his army to kill David. Even David’s royal first born son, Amnon, raped David’s precious and beautiful virgin daughter Tamar. Even his own son, Absalom (Tamar’s brother), whom he loved, hated him, and led a revolt to dethrone and kill him. Even his wife, Michal, despised him. Even his top general, Joab, murdered two of David’s allies in cold blood.
Where David failed to face his enemies was in his own home, and in his own heart, and in his own mind, in his own soul.
Even David himself was his own worst enemy. In his wicked heart he allowed his own lustful imaginations to tempt him to sleep with Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah. David’s own wicked heart and mind caused him to commit adultery with the wife of one of his most faithful and loyal friends, Uriah the Hittite, who was faithful to David until his very last breath, which David stole from him, in a planned murder, before God, and all his angels.
This one sin, led to the downfall of many in David’s Family. It opened the door to multiple murders, rape, adultery, the death of a new born, a war, a nation wide plague from God, the destruction of Friends and Family, and worse.
So what was David’s greatest and most formidable Enemy?
One could argue, that David himself was his number one worst enemy.
We can learn much from the study of King David’s Life.
More to come … soon.