It is my whole-hearted belief that David defeated Goliath because Saul had the eyes to see the baton into Davids hand and David was a good target to hit. Though Saul wasnt a genius king, he and his son Jonathan both knew how to find trustworthy people to pass the baton to. My hope today is to start with identifying how to be a good incoming runner. The goal is to focus in on what it took for Saul to put the baton in Davids hand to defeat Goliath. Next service, Ill identify what made David a good target and give some keys for young people to prepare themselves to receive the baton for advancing the kingdom of God. Youre welcome to stay for next service, or Id suggest catching the podcast (nwcpodcast.org). Lets recall the basic story of David and Goliath and then get into some of the grown-up background information of the story of David and Goliath.
A Quick Refresher
Philistine Army on the N side of the valley, Israel on the S side (1Sa 17:1-3)
Goliath the 9 foot giant steps out and issues the challenge: A Duel at High Noon, Winner takes all (1Sa 17:4-10)
Israel is terrified, and delays 40 days and nights (1Sa 17:11, 16)
David is sent to the battle line to bring lunch to his brothers (and a commander) (1Sa 17:17-22)
David finds out whats going on and gets an audience before the king (1Sa 17:23-36)
David persuades Saul to let him fight Goliath and takes his sling and stones and defeats Goliath (1Sa 17:37-52)
Havent you ever wondered how a teenager got an audience with the king at the frontline of battle? I cant imagine one of my junior high or high school boys, in Iraq, delivering lunch to some soldiers getting to walk into a 5 star generals tent let alone President Obamas tent, and getting to strike up a conversation especially in regards to fighting themselves!
What did Saul know about David?
He was spoken highly of by a peer who worked in Sauls court: skillful musician, mighty man of valor, one prudent in speech, handsome & the Lord is with him (1Sa 16:18)
He was a worshipper
when David worshipped, Gods presence brought peace. (1Sa 16:23)
He was trustworthy enough to be part of the Kings court. (1Sa 16:21)
What Saul didnt know about David
David would be the next king of Israel.
David would display greater courage and lead Israel better than Saul.
What did David know about Saul?
His worship refreshed Saul
His submission was necessary due to Sauls office
That Saul would hear him out because he was one of Sauls Armor Bearers. (1Sa 16:21)
Armor bearers make great baton holders.
So how do we (the elder generation) prepare to pass the baton to next generation?
1. We need to know Gods mission for us on the earth is bigger than us working alone.
This requires a commitment to winning the battle for Gods glory, not our own!
The Great Commission (Mt 28:19-20)
Jesus gathered help to carry out His Fathers mission! Its my opinion that all the disciples except Peter- were teenagers! (Mt. 17:24-27)
12, 70, 11+1, 2
numbers of people working together throughout the New Testament on Gods work. 12 disciples, 70 sent out, 11 apostles +1 elected apostle, 2 missionaries: Paul and Barnabas
2. With the Holy Spirits guidance, we identify targets for the baton.
What young person around you worships with their whole life?
Who is submitting to their parents/authority figures well?
Who is gathering faith and has a rising passion for Gods work?
Who is taking responsibility for what theyre given?
Our mission is to recognize and release Davids, not to restrict or repress them.
Caution: Dont be too hasty to choose the popular, socially acceptable, well-mannered young person measure by how much they live and are like Jesus. Measure by their fruit
3. If you found none, make one.
Commit to mentoring, praying for, and investing in a youth (in age, or a new believer).
Create accountability and expectations for them to be strengthened.
Lead them into becoming more like Jesus and about His work carried on.
4. If you found one, give them the baton joyfully.
Youre work isnt over, youre still part of their team.
Pray for them often.
Cheer them on with encouragement.
Were running the same race, in the same lane. Our goal is to win as a team. Our mission is to expand the kingdom of God while were this side of Heaven, and to pass the baton before we leave for Heaven! Jesus kingdom must go forth and you and I are responsible for raising and releasing Davids. Are you in?
What stuck out to you as we revisited the story of David and Goliath?
Of the four steps, where do you find yourself wanting to grow?
Who is the young person or young believer youre going to began investing in?