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“None Like It” (1 Samuel 21:1-15)
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And David said to Ahimelech, “Is there not here on hand a spear or a sword? For I have brought neither my sword nor my weapons with me, because the king’s business required haste.” So the priest said, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the Valley of Elah, there it is, wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you will take that, take it. For there is no other except that one here.” And David said, “There is none like it; give it to me (vs8-9).”

David pictures every believer: he is holy and sinful at the same time, a liar and yet the one who slew Goliath. This is us, so take heart: you fail miserably, dishonoring the Lord in slavish fear, and yet you know the gospel, and being accepted by grace makes us love each other and deal tenderly with people (Eph 4:32). We receive as brethren everyone who kills the Goliath of sin, even though sin remains and shows itself an abomination within us.

First, David was holy (vs4-6). We read, “And the priest answered David and said, ‘There is no common bread on hand; but there is holy bread, if the young men have at least kept themselves from women.’ Then David answered the priest, and said to him, ‘Truly, women have been kept from us about three days since I came out. And the vessels of the young men are holy, and the bread is in effect common, even though it was consecrated in the vessel this day.’ So the priest gave him holy bread; for there was no bread there but the showbread which had been taken from before the Lord, in order to put hot bread in its place on the day when it was taken away.” He believed the gospel, not the religion of men, and he understood full acceptance in Jesus Christ and love as the result (Colossians 2). Do not be moved by “touch not” religion, rule keeping, Sabbaths, and earning God’s favor: Christ accomplished this for us, and we are perfect in Him (Col 2:8-10). He makes us acceptable to God, He’s the Subject of scripture, and true religion is seeing Christ, resting in His finished work, and it is loving others as He gave us commandment. He says, “So don’t let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths [Christ is our Sabbath, and we rest in Him by faith]. For these rules are only shadows of the reality yet to come. And Christ himself is that reality. Don’t let anyone condemn you by insisting on pious self-denial or the worship of angels, saying they have had visions about these things [rules of men]. Their sinful minds have made them proud, and they are not connected to Christ, the head of the body. For he holds the whole body together with its joints and ligaments, and it grows as God nourishes it [as Christ is exalted] (Col 2:16-19).” David wasn’t bound by Old Testament law; he saw Christ, recognized the bread was mere bread, and he worshiped God acceptably. He had faults, but he had faith to overcome sin, which believers do, rising again from failures, God giving us strength to conquer Satan by the power of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, see your falls, but NEVER forget that you are righteous: you believe the gospel and live by it. Repent and do good works because you have power, even though you fail.

Secondly, David failed miserably (vs10-15). We read, “Then David arose and fled that day from before Saul, and went to Achish the king of Gath [Goliath’s people]. And the servants of Achish said to him, ‘Is this not David the king of the land? Did they not sing of him to one another in dances, saying: ‘Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands?’ Now David took these words to heart, and was very much afraid of Achish the king of Gath. So he changed his behavior before them, pretended madness in their hands, scratched on the doors of the gate, and let his saliva fall down on his beard [dishonoring God and the gospel]. Then Achish said to his servants, ‘Look, you see the man is insane. Why have you brought him to me? Have I need of madmen, that you have brought this fellow to play the madman in my presence? Shall this fellow come into my house?” He lied about his business with Saul (vs1-8), and then he played the mad man to escape persecution. Thus WE are exposed as saved and yet sinful, holy and yet wicked and unbelieving. We are men of two natures: one shameful and the other gracious, so be HUMBLED by your falls and serve others. You know what it is like to lie, to drink too much, to quarrel, and to act upon lusts, and we know the shame of hiding Christ, so we can fit in with sinners. We are all guilty, but be thankful that David’s failures are written, so we can have hope in our misdeeds! Sin, as vile as it is, in God’s hands leads us to see our acceptance in Christ and to love others MORE tenderly. We are patient because we know ourselves, gentle because we’re forgiven, and we help rather than condemn (Galatians 6:1-5). God gives good fruit for us, when we see our forgiveness. Therefore, do not walk around proud, as if we’re better than men who cried out, “O wretched man that I am”, and remember this when others offend you (Romans 7:21-25). Be quick to forgive, ready for peace, and confess your sins while loving others who refuse to confess. Christ makes you Christlike by your falls, so be thankful.

Finally, God’s people are surrounded by adversaries, even in the temple (vs7). We read, “Now a certain man of the servants of Saul was there that day, detained before the Lord. And his name was Doeg, an Edomite, the chief of the herdsmen who belonged to Saul.” There are some who serve Satan at Christ’s altar, and they live for the world while the gospel is preached, and this must not be! Let us be determined to live godly, to use His gifts for His glory, and to CHERISH the things that God gives us in holy thankfulness (1 Tim 4:1-5. Do not receive a wife and live for her, but live for the God who gave her to you, honoring Him and enjoying the best thereby. Paul said, “If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed. But reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness. For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance. For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. These things command and teach [to live godly and save others] (1 Tim 4:6-11).” Be temperate. God gives us wine, dancing, and many other things to enjoy by honoring Him. What should we do with the Lord’s mercies? Take them and seek grace to bring others to Christ. The gospel is more than hearing; it is full acceptance in Christ by faith alone and this is faith working love towards people (Gal 5:1-6). Have true religion, not the hypocritical fault finding of Doeg. He sided with Satan rather than God.

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“The Lord Be Between You and Me” (1 Samuel 20:1-42)
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“As soon as the lad had gone, David arose from a place toward the south, fell on his face to the ground, and bowed down three times. And they kissed one another; and they wept together, but David more so. Then Jonathan said to David,...
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"I Will Magnify Myself" (Ezekiel 38:1-23)
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“And it will come to pass at the same time, when Gog comes against the land of Israel,” says the Lord God, “that My fury will show in My face. For in My jealousy and in the fire of My wrath I have spoken: ‘Surely in that...
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"Consider Jesus– in the Forgiveness of Injury" by Octavius Winslow
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"Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." –Luke 23:34 If the Christian precept of FORGIVENESSbe estimated by the magnitude of the injury forgiven, then these words of Jesus present to our view a forgiveness of an inconceivable...
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“David Fled and Escaped” (1 Samuel 19:1-24)
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“Now the distressing spirit from the Lord came upon Saul as he sat in his house with his spear in his hand. And David was playing music with his hand. Then Saul sought to pin David to the wall with the spear, but he slipped away from...
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“Saul Became David’s Enemy” (1 Samuel 18:1-30)
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Thus Saul saw and knew that the Lord was with David, and that Michal, Saul’s daughter, loved him; and Saul was still more afraid of David. So Saul became David’s enemy continually. Then the princes of the Philistines went out to war....
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“You Shall Be Desolate” (Ezek 35:1-15)
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‘Thus says the Lord God: “The whole earth will rejoice when I make you desolate. As you rejoiced because the inheritance of the house of Israel was desolate, so I will do to you; you shall be desolate, O Mount Seir, as well as all of...
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Poem: "Truth and Urgency" by Librae Jackson, Deacon
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Let’s repent of our sin now.Jesus is coming back soon, with the clouds.The way that He ascended up, He will descend down;With such magnificent pow’r;To reap what He’s sown; retrieve His own and bring us home; receive us to His...
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“The Son of Your Servant” (1 Sam 17:1-58)
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Then, as David returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, Abner took him and brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his hand. And Saul said to him, “Whose son are you, young man?” So David answered, “I am...
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“Pharaoh and All His Multitude” (Ezek 32:1-32)
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“‘Pharaoh will see them and be comforted over all his multitude [when he joins others in hell: sarcastic comfort], Pharaoh and all his army, slain by the sword’, says the Lord God. For I have caused My terror in the land of the...
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“Brought Down” (Ezek 31:1-18)
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“To which of the trees in Eden will you then be likened in glory and greatness? Yet you shall be brought down with the trees of Eden to the depths of the earth; you shall lie in the midst of the uncircumcised, with those slain by the sword....
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