Choose a man

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The enemy seemed to be winning.  For 40 days, their hero, Goliath, strutted before the army of Israel.

“Choose a man and have him come down to me.  If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us.  This day I defy the ranks of Israel!  Give me a man and let us fight…”

One man could bring victory to all the men of Israel.  But all of the soldiers were paralyzed by their fear.  Not one responded to the enemy’s challenge.  Was there not one man in Israel willing to face this powerful enemy?

David left the fields where he served as shepherd.  Sent by his father with fresh food for his brothers, David encounters Goliath.  David’s perspective was completely different.  He didn’t focus on Goliath’s size or the immensity of his weapons.  David didn’t have a Goliath perspective, he had a God perspective.

“Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?  The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of the Philistine.  You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.  This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head.”

David was the chosen man.  Chosen by God to defeat the enemy.

The enemy seemed to be winning.  Satan was strutting before God and His people.  The priesthood was immoral, the disciples scattered, God’s people lost without a shepherd, and the world unconscious in the grip of the devil.

Was there not one man in Israel willing to face this powerful enemy?

“Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people.  For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.”  Romans 5:18,19

“When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ.  He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.  And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.”  Colossians 2:13-15

Jesus was the chosen man.  Chosen by God to defeat the enemy.

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About Rich Stevenson

Rich is the Executive Director of The Malachi Network (www.malachinetwork.org), a ministry focused on making the name of the LORD great among the nations. This network serves young leaders in missions and church planting. Prior to his present ministry, Rich pastored in Southern New Jersey, planted a church in Wilmore, KY, established a network of churches, served as an adjunct professor at Asbury College and was a senior leader at The International House of Prayer in Kansas City, MO as well as The International House of Prayer in Atlanta, GA. Rich is the author of two books: Secrets of the Spiritual Life—10 Lessons from the One Thing Passages (Baker Books, 2003) A Voice from Home—The Words You Long to Hear from Your Father (WaterBrook Press, 2005) He graduated from Asbury College in 1984 with a BA degree in Philosophy of Religion and Asbury Theological Seminary in 1987 with a Master of Divinity degree. In 2010, Rich received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Union Biblical Seminary in Yangon, Myanmar. Rich has been married to Tania since 1982 and they have been blessed by amazing children: Zachary and his wife Meghan, Jacob and his wife Lena, Jessica and Corrie Emma.
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