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It Is Written with John Bradshaw

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  • -John Bradshaw: This is It Is Written.
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  • I'm John Bradshaw. Thanks for joining me.
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  • [Middle Eastern instrumental music]
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  • Walk around Jerusalem and you're walking
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  • in the footsteps of Jesus.
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  • When Jesus was alive, the temple, which was destroyed
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  • in 70 AD, was right there on top of the Temple Mount.
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  • It was built by Herod the Great.
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  • And although it likely wasn't as magnificent as the temple
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  • built by Solomon, it was still impressive.
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  • Archaeologists believe it looked something like this.
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  • [Eerie music]
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  • So it was here that Jesus turned over
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  • the money changers' tables.
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  • They left the temple,
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  • and the disciples showed Him the temple buildings.
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  • And Jesus shocked them by telling them,
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  • "Do you not see all these things?
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  • Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here
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  • upon another, that shall not be thrown down."
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  • That seemed like an impossibility.
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  • The temple was the symbol of Jewish greatness,
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  • of God's favor towards His people.
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  • And here in Jerusalem,
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  • Jesus told His followers that it would be destroyed.
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  • Today you can see some of the stones of the temple
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  • that were cast down.
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  • The prophecy was fulfilled.
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  • And, of course, it isn't only Jesus who came here.
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  • This was the city of David.
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  • And the location of David's ancient city has been uncovered.
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  • It's hard to imagine how people cannot have faith in the Bible,
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  • given all the evidence in favor of the Bible
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  • provided by a place like this.
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  • [Soft music]
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  • At the location of the ancient city of David,
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  • which is essentially right behind me,
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  • archaeologists have found many seal impressions.
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  • A seal is something that in ancient times
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  • functioned much like a signature.
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  • One of those seal impressions bore the inscription,
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  • "King Hezekiah."
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  • Another said, "Isaiah the prophet."
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  • These were real people,
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  • and archaeology has provided evidence for the existence
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  • of these people hundreds and hundreds of years laster.
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  • Now, surely, finding seal impressions here in Jerusalem
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  • has to be even harder than finding a needle in a haystack.
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  • It seems God directed those archaeologists to make
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  • those discoveries to encourage us to have faith in the Bible.
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  • [Soft music]
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  • Daniel lived here in Jerusalem, along with his friends,
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  • Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.
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  • Them and others were taken from here down to Babylon.
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  • Nehemiah returned from Babylon to here in Jerusalem,
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  • where he rebuilt the wall and re-established society,
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  • and so on.
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  • Jeremiah, here in Jerusalem. Ezekiel lived here.
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  • King Solomon reigned from right here in Jerusalem.
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  • [Instrumental music]
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  • But when it comes to the stories of the Bible,
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  • you know that there's a lot more in Israel than Jerusalem.
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  • And today I want to take you to the site
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  • of one of the most remarkable stories in the Bible.
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  • The story of David and Goliath took place not far from here
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  • in the Valley of Elah.
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  • It's about a 45-minute drive from Jerusalem southwest,
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  • and there's no doubt that it's the legitimate site
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  • of where David's encounter with the giant took place.
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  • The background of the story is this.
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  • King Saul had been king of Israel.
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  • The Philistines, who may originally have come
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  • from Europe--Crete, some archaeologists say--
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  • had developed quite an advanced and sophisticated society.
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  • For a while they were a constant thorn in the side of Israel.
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  • And you read in 1 Samuel 13 that there was no blacksmith
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  • in Israel.
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  • The Philistines had prevented them from making swords
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  • or spears, so if an Israelite wanted something sharpened,
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  • he had to go to the Philistines to get that job done.
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  • You can imagine how well that worked out for them.
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  • In chapter 15,
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  • Samuel the prophet instructs Saul, the king,
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  • that he should go to Amalek and eradicate the Amalekites.
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  • But he didn't.
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  • Instead he saved the king and much of the livestock.
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  • Samuel said to King Saul,
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  • "The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today,
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  • and has given it to a neighbor of yours,
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  • who is better than you."
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  • When we get to chapter 17, Saul is still the king,
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  • but he's a shell of a man.
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  • Verse 1 says,
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  • "Now the Philistines gathered their armies together to battle,
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  • and were gathered at Sochoh, which belongs to Judah;
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  • they encamped between Sochoh and Azekah, in Ephes Dammim."
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  • Where I am right now is Azekah.
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  • It was here that Joshua defeated the five kings of the Amorites,
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  • large hailstones falling on the kings and their men
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  • right in this vicinity.
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  • There's some real history here.
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  • Verse 2:
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  • "And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together,
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  • and they encamped in the Valley of Elah,
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  • and drew up in battle array against the Philistines."
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  • I'd like to point out for you some of the locations here.
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  • Now, Sochoh, or Sochoth, that's over there in the distance.
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  • You'll see the lighter green, uh,
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  • the plains, uh, the valley.
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  • Beyond that, the trees going up on the hills the other side,
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  • that's Sochoth right there.
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  • Where I am now is Azekah,
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  • and in between, that's the valley floor, Ephes Dammim.
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  • So it was right there that all the action took place
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  • in the David and Goliath story, right there.
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  • Verse 3 says,
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  • "The Philistines stood on a mountain on one side,
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  • and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side,
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  • with a valley between them."
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  • Verse 4 says,
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  • "And a champion went out from the camp of the Philistines,
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  • named Goliath, from Gath,
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  • whose height was six cubits and a span."
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  • Now, I'd like to show you where Gath is.
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  • Remember, I'm on Azekah, a hill, really.
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  • Interestingly, it's now a national park.
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  • In Israel, a lot of these significant old
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  • archaeological sites have been turned into national parks.
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  • So I'm on Azekah, over there Ephes Dammim,
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  • where the fighting took place, where Goliath lost his life.
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  • But where was Goliath from?
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  • He was from Gath, and Gath is out there.
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  • Now, if the weather was cooperating with me
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  • a little bit better, I'd be able to show you the hill
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  • that really marks the location of Gath.
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  • But the weather isn't, and so it's in that direction.
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  • Not very far, actually.
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  • So Goliath's home town was over there,
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  • and he fought David over there.
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  • He was really pretty close to his home town when he fought.
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  • Now, Goliath, according to the Bible, six cubits and a span,
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  • he was more than nine feet tall.
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  • That's tall.
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  • Now, some people have tried to explain
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  • why Goliath was that tall.
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  • They've said that he suffered from something
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  • known as gigantism,
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  • and that that's the reason that he was so tall.
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  • You know, I don't think you need to believe that.
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  • The Bible simply says that he was a giant, and so he was.
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  • And he certainly isn't the only giant mentioned in the Bible.
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  • Now, I'm six feet one.
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  • Goliath was all of me and then half of me again.
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  • That's a big guy.
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  • I'll be back with more in a moment.
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  • -John Bradshaw: Thanks for joining me today
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  • on It Is Written.
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  • The story of David and Goliath is one of the great stories
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  • in the Bible.
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  • Now, you could say it's a story of the little guy
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  • beating the big guy.
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  • And sure, it is.
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  • But really, it's a story of great faith,
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  • and it's a story of a lack of faith.
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  • We're at the site of where the conflict took place
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  • between David and Goliath,
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  • between Israel and the Philistines,
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  • in the Valley of Elah in Israel.
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  • David and Goliath squared off against each other right there,
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  • just right over there.
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  • Now, this Goliath was an interesting character.
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  • Tall, more than nine feet tall, in fact.
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  • He came from just over there, a place called Gath,
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  • not very far away at all.
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  • Verse 5 of 1 Samuel 17 says,
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  • "He had a bronze helmet on his head,
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  • and he was armed with a coat of mail,
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  • and the weight of the coat
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  • was five thousand shekels of bronze."
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  • The coat of mail weighed 150 pounds.
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  • The Bible tells us,
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  • "He had bronze armor on his legs
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  • and a bronze javelin between his shoulders.
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  • Now the staff of his spear was like a weaver's beam,
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  • and his iron spearhead weighed six hundred shekels;
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  • and a shield-bearer went before him."
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  • Everything about this man was big,
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  • especially his attitude.
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  • "Then he stood and cried out to the armies of Israel,
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  • and said to them, 'Why have you come out to line up for battle?
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  • Am I not a Philistine, and you the servants of Saul?
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  • Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me.
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  • If he is able to fight with me and kill me,
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  • then we will be your servants.
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  • But if I prevail against him and kill him,
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  • then you shall be our servants and serve us.'
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  • And the Philistine said, 'I defy the armies of Israel this day;
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  • give me a man, that we may fight together.'"
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  • So who should have fought?
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  • Well, Saul, of course. He was the king.
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  • He stood a head taller than anyone else in Israel,
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  • and as God's handpicked leader, he should have gone forward,
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  • totally trusting that God was with him.
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  • But no. Remember? He'd been disobedient, significantly.
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  • He evidently hadn't repented,
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  • and God had told Saul that He'd rejected Saul as king.
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  • Saul was dispirited.
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  • It's as if he had no fight in him.
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  • And at the time when he should have been courageous,
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  • there was no courage to be found in him at all.
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  • Verse 11 says,
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  • "When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine,
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  • they were dismayed and greatly afraid."
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  • David is introduced to the story in verse 12.
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  • We're told that he was one of eight sons,
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  • and that his father was elderly.
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  • Three of his brothers, the eldest three,
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  • were in Saul's army,
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  • squaring off against Goliath and the Philistines:
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  • Eliab, Abinadab, and Shammah.
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  • Davis was the youngest son in the family.
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  • Jesse sent David from their home in Bethlehem,
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  • which is about 16 miles away, as the crow flies.
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  • But back then, there weren't highways or well-paved roads.
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  • David would have walked over hills
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  • and some pretty rough terrain.
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  • In fact, his dad told him to run to where the fighting
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  • was taking place.
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  • Jesse commissioned David to take food to his brothers
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  • and to bring back a report regarding how things were going.
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  • And when David arrived right here in this place,
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  • at the scene of the battle,
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  • the two armies were set in array against each other.
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  • When David met up with his brothers,
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  • Goliath was coming out to taunt the armies of Israel.
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  • The Bible says, "And all the men of Israel,
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  • when they saw the man, fled from him and were dreadfully afraid."
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  • He learns that Saul would give the man who killed the giant
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  • great riches.
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  • His brothers actually rebuke him.
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  • One of them says, "Why did you come down here?
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  • And with whom have you left those few sheep
  • 00:12:19.100 --> 00:12:21.090
  • in the wilderness?
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  • I know your pride and the insolence of your heart,
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  • for you have come down to see the battle."
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  • That wasn't very nice.
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  • David comes into the presence of King Saul.
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  • Now, think about this.
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  • A young shepherd boy standing before the mighty king.
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  • A shepherd.
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  • Not a warrior, not a fighter, a humble shepherd.
  • 00:12:39.090 --> 00:12:43.170
  • But as we're about to see, your standing in this world
  • 00:12:43.180 --> 00:12:46.020
  • doesn't need to be measured by your age or your occupation.
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  • Your usefulness for God isn't measured by,
  • 00:12:49.250 --> 00:12:52.170
  • you are not restrained by your station in life
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  • or in this world.
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  • What God was looking for was a man of faith,
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  • someone who would rely on Him alone.
  • 00:12:59.080 --> 00:13:01.240
  • That man wasn't Saul; it wasn't any of David's brothers,
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  • or any of the soldiers in Israel.
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  • If no one would stand up to this giant,
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  • what would end up happening?
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  • [Music]
  • 00:13:12.110 --> 00:13:15.080
  • You shouldn't make the mistake of thinking
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  • that you're not well enough equipped
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  • to do something great for God.
  • 00:13:18.290 --> 00:13:20.270
  • Now, when I say "something great,"
  • 00:13:20.280 --> 00:13:22.220
  • really what I mean is "something faithful."
  • 00:13:22.230 --> 00:13:25.270
  • There's a certain baptized egotism that sees people wanting
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  • to do something great for God, but truly their motivation
  • 00:13:29.190 --> 00:13:32.100
  • is simply to do something great for them, to be noticed.
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  • And that's a trap, and you want to avoid that.
  • 00:13:35.110 --> 00:13:37.190
  • But God is still looking for men and women and boys and girls
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  • everywhere to allow Him to use them.
  • 00:13:41.190 --> 00:13:45.240
  • So here was David, a boy, a shepherd, a teenager,
  • 00:13:45.250 --> 00:13:50.180
  • the last person you would have thought
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  • would take down a giant.
  • 00:13:52.150 --> 00:13:54.160
  • But when God called David,
  • 00:13:54.170 --> 00:13:56.200
  • David surrendered to God and let God use him mightily.
  • 00:13:56.210 --> 00:14:01.270
  • "Then David said to Saul,
  • 00:14:04.020 --> 00:14:05.260
  • 'Let no man's heart fail because of him;
  • 00:14:05.270 --> 00:14:08.120
  • your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.'"
  • 00:14:08.130 --> 00:14:11.220
  • And Saul pretty much stated the obvious in his answer to David:
  • 00:14:11.230 --> 00:14:15.040
  • "You are not able to go against this Philistine
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  • to fight with him;
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  • for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth."
  • 00:14:18.290 --> 00:14:23.250
  • Now, David doesn't argue, but he explains to the king
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  • that when he was keeping his father's sheep,
  • 00:14:28.040 --> 00:14:30.090
  • a lion and a bear attacked the flock and took a lamb--
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  • on different occasions, no doubt.
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  • He killed them both.
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  • David was a young man of courage,
  • 00:14:38.180 --> 00:14:40.120
  • and courage was in short supply here in the Valley on Elah
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  • that day.
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  • And David said this: "The Lord, who delivered me
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  • from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear,
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  • He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine."
  • 00:14:50.120 --> 00:14:52.270
  • Now, notice what David's doing.
  • 00:14:52.280 --> 00:14:55.120
  • He pointed to a time when God had done something great,
  • 00:14:55.130 --> 00:14:59.130
  • and based on that, he believed the same God
  • 00:14:59.140 --> 00:15:02.170
  • was able to do something great again.
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  • Let me encourage you.
  • 00:15:05.140 --> 00:15:06.260
  • When God answers your prayer,
  • 00:15:06.270 --> 00:15:08.270
  • no matter what it's about, remember that.
  • 00:15:08.280 --> 00:15:11.190
  • Don't forget it.
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  • You might even want to write it down.
  • 00:15:12.170 --> 00:15:14.160
  • And then you can always say to God,
  • 00:15:14.170 --> 00:15:16.210
  • "Last time, you did this, so therefore I'm believing in You
  • 00:15:16.220 --> 00:15:20.230
  • to do some great thing again."
  • 00:15:20.240 --> 00:15:22.260
  • Answered prayers aren't powerful only in the moment;
  • 00:15:22.270 --> 00:15:25.260
  • they're evidence that the God who was faithful before
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  • will be faithful again.
  • 00:15:28.210 --> 00:15:30.220
  • "And Saul said to David, 'Go, and the Lord be with you!'"
  • 00:15:30.230 --> 00:15:34.050
  • Saul put his armor on David,
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  • thinking it would be a help to the young man.
  • 00:15:36.060 --> 00:15:38.120
  • Surely he wouldn't want to go up against the giant with no armor.
  • 00:15:38.130 --> 00:15:42.110
  • But he did.
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  • It seems to me that David wanted the credit for his victory
  • 00:15:43.180 --> 00:15:45.270
  • to go only to God.
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  • Wearing armor might have led some to think that it was
  • 00:15:47.270 --> 00:15:50.090
  • the armor or, or his preparation that secured his victory.
  • 00:15:50.100 --> 00:15:54.150
  • And what happened next?
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  • Well, in a moment, we'll go to the very creek, the very stream,
  • 00:15:55.240 --> 00:16:01.080
  • where David found the stone he would use
  • 00:16:01.090 --> 00:16:03.090
  • to take down the giant.
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  • I'll be right back.
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  • [Music]
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  • or you can visit us online at itiswritten.com.
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  • -John Bradshaw: This is the Valley of Elah,
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  • about a 45-minute drive from Jerusalem in Israel.
  • 00:16:47.130 --> 00:16:51.020
  • It was here that the children of Israel camped on the hills
  • 00:16:51.030 --> 00:16:53.270
  • on one side of the valley, and the Philistines camped
  • 00:16:53.280 --> 00:16:57.000
  • on the hills on the other side of the valley,
  • 00:16:57.010 --> 00:16:59.210
  • when Goliath taunted Israel.
  • 00:16:59.220 --> 00:17:02.250
  • It was here that David traveled from his home in Bethlehem.
  • 00:17:02.260 --> 00:17:06.150
  • And even though he was only there to bring food
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  • for his brothers and to take back a report to his father,
  • 00:17:08.220 --> 00:17:12.080
  • David soon found that he was in much deeper than he expected
  • 00:17:12.090 --> 00:17:15.280
  • when he left home.
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  • David went down to a brook.
  • 00:17:19.120 --> 00:17:20.190
  • In fact, it was this very stream.
  • 00:17:20.200 --> 00:17:23.030
  • [Sounds of traffic] Busy road nearby right now.
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  • Assuming, of course, that the stream hasn't changed its course
  • 00:17:25.280 --> 00:17:28.200
  • over the years, and maybe it has.
  • 00:17:28.210 --> 00:17:31.040
  • But there was a stream here in David's day
  • 00:17:31.050 --> 00:17:32.240
  • about 1000 years BC.
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  • And this is the stream that survives today.
  • 00:17:34.260 --> 00:17:37.190
  • And as you look around,
  • 00:17:37.200 --> 00:17:39.110
  • you see there are many...
  • 00:17:39.120 --> 00:17:42.160
  • rocks that would have been suitable,
  • 00:17:42.170 --> 00:17:45.250
  • enabling David to do the job that he needed to do.
  • 00:17:45.260 --> 00:17:49.130
  • And so he went armed with a staff--that's a stick--
  • 00:17:49.140 --> 00:17:52.280
  • and a sling--that was all.
  • 00:17:52.290 --> 00:17:55.090
  • Of course, with five of these.
  • 00:17:55.100 --> 00:17:57.120
  • Goliath was covered up in armor and had an armor-bearer
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  • that went before him.
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  • David went with virtually nothing,
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  • except he had what mattered most.
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  • He had God on his side, and he knew it.
  • 00:18:06.250 --> 00:18:09.230
  • When Goliath saw that Israel had sent a youth out to fight him,
  • 00:18:09.240 --> 00:18:13.260
  • he was disgusted.
  • 00:18:13.270 --> 00:18:15.150
  • He said to David,
  • 00:18:15.160 --> 00:18:16.190
  • "'Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?'
  • 00:18:16.200 --> 00:18:19.240
  • And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.
  • 00:18:19.250 --> 00:18:22.260
  • And the Philistine said to David,
  • 00:18:22.270 --> 00:18:25.010
  • 'Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds
  • 00:18:25.020 --> 00:18:28.040
  • of the air and the beasts of the field!'"
  • 00:18:28.050 --> 00:18:31.170
  • Now, notice what David said in verse 45:
  • 00:18:31.180 --> 00:18:35.010
  • "You come to me with a sword, with a spear,
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  • and with a javelin.
  • 00:18:37.150 --> 00:18:39.040
  • But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts,
  • 00:18:39.050 --> 00:18:41.290
  • the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied."
  • 00:18:42.000 --> 00:18:45.170
  • Verse 47: "Then all this assembly shall know
  • 00:18:45.180 --> 00:18:48.250
  • that the Lord does not save with sword and spear;
  • 00:18:48.260 --> 00:18:53.010
  • for the battle is the Lord's,
  • 00:18:53.020 --> 00:18:55.000
  • and He will give you into our hands."
  • 00:18:55.010 --> 00:18:59.140
  • The Bible tells us that when Goliath came out to meet David,
  • 00:18:59.150 --> 00:19:02.280
  • David ran towards Goliath.
  • 00:19:02.290 --> 00:19:05.100
  • Then, without a sword, using only a sling and stones,
  • 00:19:05.110 --> 00:19:10.100
  • David ended the life of the Philistines' champion.
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  • A stick, a bag, a sling, and five stones.
  • 00:19:14.160 --> 00:19:18.200
  • Now, why five stones?
  • 00:19:18.210 --> 00:19:20.040
  • Certainly not because he thought he would miss,
  • 00:19:20.050 --> 00:19:21.200
  • although maybe he was intending not to appear presumptuous.
  • 00:19:21.210 --> 00:19:25.050
  • It would take a lot of confidence
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  • to go out there with just one rock.
  • 00:19:27.090 --> 00:19:30.090
  • Now, what about the idea that Goliath had four brothers?
  • 00:19:30.100 --> 00:19:33.010
  • Well, the passage itself doesn't say anything about that.
  • 00:19:33.020 --> 00:19:35.280
  • Now, there is a story in 2 Samuel 21
  • 00:19:35.290 --> 00:19:37.270
  • that speaks about four other Philistine giants.
  • 00:19:37.280 --> 00:19:41.010
  • Does this mean they were Goliath's brothers,
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  • and they were there that day?
  • 00:19:42.240 --> 00:19:44.080
  • No, not necessarily.
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  • Seems to me that's just speculation.
  • 00:19:45.170 --> 00:19:47.230
  • Could be right, I guess.
  • 00:19:47.240 --> 00:19:49.120
  • But really, probably a bit of a stretch.
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  • The Philistines, of course, did not keep their promise
  • 00:19:52.040 --> 00:19:54.260
  • that they would serve Israel, but instead turned and fled,
  • 00:19:54.270 --> 00:19:59.040
  • pursued by the army of Israel,
  • 00:19:59.050 --> 00:20:01.060
  • which was now feeling pretty confident.
  • 00:20:01.070 --> 00:20:03.130
  • It's interesting the effect that one person of faith
  • 00:20:03.140 --> 00:20:05.230
  • can have on a group of people whose faith is flagging.
  • 00:20:05.240 --> 00:20:08.150
  • [Birds twittering]
  • 00:20:08.160 --> 00:20:10.100
  • [Soft mysterious Middle Eastern music]
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  • The wounded fell along the road to Shaaraim,
  • 00:20:12.110 --> 00:20:15.060
  • which means "two gates."
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  • It's believed that that is the city,
  • 00:20:17.150 --> 00:20:19.010
  • the old city of Khirbet Qeiyafa,
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  • which is right where I'm standing now.
  • 00:20:21.030 --> 00:20:24.210
  • And also they fell along the road to Gath,
  • 00:20:24.220 --> 00:20:27.090
  • where Goliath is from, and Ekron.
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  • In the most unlikely of circumstances,
  • 00:20:30.000 --> 00:20:32.060
  • God's people were victorious.
  • 00:20:32.070 --> 00:20:34.040
  • And why was that?
  • 00:20:34.050 --> 00:20:35.250
  • Because a young man, well, a boy, really,
  • 00:20:35.260 --> 00:20:38.270
  • believed God was with Him.
  • 00:20:38.280 --> 00:20:40.260
  • He was jealous for the honor of God,
  • 00:20:40.270 --> 00:20:42.260
  • not for his own honor.
  • 00:20:42.270 --> 00:20:44.240
  • David was motivated by causing people to see that Israel's God
  • 00:20:44.250 --> 00:20:48.150
  • was the true God, and that was clearly seen that day.
  • 00:20:48.160 --> 00:20:52.050
  • I'll tell you this;
  • 00:20:52.060 --> 00:20:53.090
  • if we are more concerned with the honor of God
  • 00:20:53.100 --> 00:20:55.080
  • and less concerned with the honor of ourselves,
  • 00:20:55.090 --> 00:20:58.110
  • both the world and the church would be a better place.
  • 00:20:58.120 --> 00:21:01.180
  • David wanted to see God honored.
  • 00:21:01.190 --> 00:21:03.290
  • The pagans at the time, the Philistines and others,
  • 00:21:04.000 --> 00:21:06.250
  • believed that a military victory demonstrated that their god
  • 00:21:06.260 --> 00:21:10.000
  • was the true god, the most powerful god.
  • 00:21:10.010 --> 00:21:13.110
  • David couldn't stand the thought of the God of heaven
  • 00:21:13.120 --> 00:21:15.270
  • coming off looking second-best.
  • 00:21:15.280 --> 00:21:18.110
  • Sometimes it's right to take risks,
  • 00:21:19.010 --> 00:21:21.080
  • but when God is with you, it's not a risk; it's a sure thing.
  • 00:21:21.090 --> 00:21:25.030
  • Now, let's switch this up just a little bit because all of us
  • 00:21:25.040 --> 00:21:27.270
  • are in the midst of our own David-and-Goliath battle,
  • 00:21:27.280 --> 00:21:30.180
  • every person alive.
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  • Goliath would be an adequate representation of the devil
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  • coming against God's people, taunting, threatening.
  • 00:21:36.050 --> 00:21:40.150
  • So what do you do when the devil comes by?
  • 00:21:40.160 --> 00:21:43.040
  • What do you when, when temptation gets after you?
  • 00:21:43.050 --> 00:21:46.170
  • And let's remember temptation is stronger than we are.
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  • "All have sinned," the Bible says.
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  • Jeremiah in Jeremiah 17:9 wrote that,
  • 00:21:53.040 --> 00:21:56.020
  • "The heart is deceitful above all things,
  • 00:21:56.030 --> 00:21:58.110
  • and desperately wicked; who can know it?"
  • 00:21:58.120 --> 00:22:01.200
  • He wrote a similar thought in Jeremiah 13:23 when he said,
  • 00:22:01.210 --> 00:22:04.170
  • "Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots?
  • 00:22:04.180 --> 00:22:09.000
  • Then may you also do good who are accustomed to do evil."
  • 00:22:09.010 --> 00:22:13.050
  • In other words, we have this problem heart,
  • 00:22:13.060 --> 00:22:16.130
  • this broken character that wants to do wrong
  • 00:22:16.140 --> 00:22:19.110
  • and doesn't want to do right.
  • 00:22:19.120 --> 00:22:21.140
  • And that causes dissonance between us and God.
  • 00:22:21.150 --> 00:22:24.030
  • We're easy pickings for the devil.
  • 00:22:24.040 --> 00:22:26.200
  • We're like the little guy against the big guy.
  • 00:22:26.210 --> 00:22:29.080
  • So what do we do?
  • 00:22:29.090 --> 00:22:30.270
  • You know what it's like to fail and to fail again.
  • 00:22:30.280 --> 00:22:33.120
  • You know what it's like
  • 00:22:33.130 --> 00:22:34.090
  • when temptation gets the better of you.
  • 00:22:34.100 --> 00:22:36.190
  • It doesn't feel good.
  • 00:22:36.200 --> 00:22:38.250
  • Now, what weapons did David have in his fight against the giant
  • 00:22:41.050 --> 00:22:44.290
  • right there in the Valley of Elah?
  • 00:22:45.000 --> 00:22:47.140
  • Well, he had a sling and stones.
  • 00:22:47.150 --> 00:22:51.130
  • A sling and stones.
  • 00:22:51.140 --> 00:22:53.020
  • You wouldn't think that would guarantee him success.
  • 00:22:53.030 --> 00:22:56.170
  • Now, what weapons do we have in our fight against sin
  • 00:22:56.180 --> 00:22:59.230
  • and temptation?
  • 00:22:59.240 --> 00:23:01.070
  • Well, Paul wrote about this in 2 Corinthians chapter 10,
  • 00:23:01.080 --> 00:23:04.060
  • when he said,
  • 00:23:04.070 --> 00:23:05.180
  • "For though we walk in the flesh,
  • 00:23:05.190 --> 00:23:07.140
  • we do not war after the flesh:
  • 00:23:07.150 --> 00:23:10.010
  • for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal,
  • 00:23:10.020 --> 00:23:13.100
  • but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds."
  • 00:23:13.110 --> 00:23:17.170
  • So, what are the weapons that we wield in our battle against sin
  • 00:23:17.180 --> 00:23:21.040
  • and temptation?
  • 00:23:21.050 --> 00:23:22.110
  • Faith, the Word of God, the promises of God,
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  • the presence of the Holy Spirit.
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  • Live close to God. Invite God into your life.
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  • He will live in you, bring His power into your life.
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  • Read the Bible.
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  • Do what Jesus did when He was confronted by temptation,
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  • and quote Scripture.
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  • You can let the Word of God be your defense.
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  • Now, here's how this works.
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  • You have a need in your life,
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  • and you claim the promise made by God to you
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  • that you find in Philippians 4 and verse 19:
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  • "My God shall supply all your need according to His riches
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  • in glory by Christ Jesus."
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  • You lack wisdom about a certain situation in your life,
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  • and you remember that God made a promise to you
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  • that you find in James 1 and verse 5:
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  • "If any [man] lack wisdom, let him ask of God,
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  • [who gives] to all men liberally,
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  • and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him."
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  • These are promises.
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  • God made them to you.
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  • And when you claim those promises,
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  • you're simply taking God at His word.
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  • God has said, "I will do this."
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  • You are saying, "Okay, I'm calling You on that.
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  • I'm believing You on that. I'm expecting You on that."
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  • In other words, "I'm having faith in You on that.
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  • And I'm anticipating, I'm believing
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  • that You are going to do what Your Word says."
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  • And in your battle against sin and temptation,
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  • that is powerful.
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  • David defeated the giant right here in the Valley of Elah.
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  • Satan, the "giant," will be defeated
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  • right here in your heart, right where you are,
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  • when you call on God and expect God to do great things for you.
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  • -John Bradshaw: Let's pray together in this historic place.
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  • Our Father in heaven, we're thankful that we've been able
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  • to come here to the very site where a great victory of faith
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  • was won, an unlikely victory.
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  • We thank You for inspiring us to know that victory is certain
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  • when our lives are in Your hands,
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  • when we're following Your will.
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  • We thank You that You are with us today
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  • as You were with David then.
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  • Lord, be close to us in our battle.
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  • Be close to us as evil threatens us.
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  • Be our defense and our shield.
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  • We thank You for blessing us and keeping us.
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  • Friend, have you opened your heart to God and asked God
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  • to be your God, your guide, your defense?
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  • Why don't you do it now?
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  • Father, would You take that heart and make it Yours?
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  • And give that person assurance now that as her life or his life
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  • is in Your hands, the gift of eternal life is certain.
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  • And we thank You in Jesus' name. Amen.
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  • Thanks so much for joining me.
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  • I'm looking forward to seeing you again next time.
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  • Until then, remember:
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  • "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone,
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  • but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'"
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