DCLM Daily Manna 2023: DCLM Daily Manna 5 April 2023:
Key Verse: “And the Philistine drew near morning and evening, and presented himself forty days.” – (1 Samuel 17:16)
TEXT: 1 Samuel 17:12-24
12 Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of Bethlehemjudah, whose name was Jesse; and he had eight sons: and the man went among men for an old man in the days of Saul.
13 And the three eldest sons of Jesse went and followed Saul to the battle: and the names of his three sons that went to the battle were Eliab the firstborn, and next unto him Abinadab, and the third Shammah.
14 And David was the youngest: and the three eldest followed Saul.
15 But David went and returned from Saul to feed his father’s sheep at Bethlehem.
16 And the Philistine drew near morning and evening, and presented himself forty days.
17 And Jesse said unto David his son, Take now for thy brethren an ephah of this parched corn, and these ten loaves, and run to the camp of thy brethren;
18 And carry these ten cheeses unto the captain of their thousand, and look how thy brethren fare, and take their pledge.
19 Now Saul, and they, and all the men of Israel, were in the valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines.
20 And David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, and took, and went, as Jesse had commanded him; and he came to the trench, as the host was going forth to the fight, and shouted for the battle.
21 For Israel and the Philistines had put the battle in array, army against army.
22 And David left his carriage in the hand of the keeper of the carriage, and ran into the army, and came and saluted his brethren.
23 And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Philistines, and spake according to the same words: and David heard them.
24 And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid.
Black Bart was a professional thief whose very name struck fear as he terrorized the Wells Fargo stage line. From San Francisco to New York, his name became synonymous with the danger of the frontier. Between 1875 and 1883, he robbed 29 different stagecoach crews. Amazingly, Bart did it all without firing a shot. Because a hood hid his face, no victim ever saw his face.
He never took a hostage and was never trailed by a sheriff. Instead, he used fear to paralyze his victims. His sinister presence was enough to overwhelm the toughest stagecoach guard.
In today’s passage, we saw the Philistine giant present himself every morning and evening before Israel. His presence alone frightened the army of Israel, and none of them was bold enough to challenge him. David, the last son of Jesse, came to the frontline during one of such appearances of Goliath. He was sent by his father, not to see the battle, but to give food to his brethren in the army and bring back news to his father how they fared. The Lord was preparing little David as the champion of Israel to deliver the nation from their reproach.
One thing that prepared David for the task ahead was his fearlessness. He was not afraid of the roar of the lion and the bear. He was not even in the army to hear the deafening noise of this giant. He was free from fear because he put his trust in God and was always meditating on His Word.
Our faith is paralysed by what we feed our minds with. We are also limited by the comments of unbelief we hear. If you surround yourself with people who have no faith, you will never become a giant killer. The greatest thing to fear is fear itself, was the speech given by President Franklin Roosevelt, to encourage the citizens and jump-start the United States’ economy during the great depression. Let us rise up boldly and confront the giant. He will be defeated, and we shall prevail.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY: Even the devil is afraid of your faith until you reveal your fear.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: John 16-18
Thank you for studying today’s Daily Manna – Facing the Giant – by Pastor W.F Kumuyi
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