Who Am I and Who Really Cares? America's Identity Crisis...

May 28, 2018
A sermon by Bishop Larry Walters

Who Am I/Who Cares?

1Sa_9:2  And he had a son, whose name was Saul, a choice young man, and a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people.

 

1Sa_16:13  Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.

The Back Story…Part 1…

Rth_4:17  And the women her neighbours gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David.

Rth_4:22  And Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David.

 

The Back Story…Part 2…

Mat 1:1  The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. 

Mat 1:2  Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren; 

Mat 1:3  And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar (his Daughter-In-Law who played the prostitute because her Father-In_Law was unrighteous) ; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram; 

Mat 1:4  And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon; 

Mat 1:5  And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab (The Prostitute from Jericho whose family was saved because of her hiding the spies and being obedient concerning the scarlet thread); and Booz begat Obed of Ruth (The Moabite woman) ; and Obed begat Jesse; 

Mat 1:6  And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias; 

Mat 1:16  And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.

 

 

Now Back To Our Story…

Forgotten by his father and brothers…

1Sa 16:5  And he said, Peaceably: I am come to sacrifice unto the LORD: sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice. And he sanctified Jesse and his sons, and called them to the sacrifice. 

1Sa 16:6  And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the LORD'S anointed is before him. 

1Sa 16:7  But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. 

1Sa 16:8  Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this. 

1Sa 16:9  Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by. And he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this. 

1Sa 16:10  Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, The LORD hath not chosen these.

 

 

Who was there as David was anointed King over Israel?

 

1Sa 16:11  And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither. 

1Sa 16:12  And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he. 

1Sa 16:13  Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.

 

 

The Spirit of the LORD departs from Saul…

1Sa 16:14  But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him. 

1Sa 16:15  And Saul's servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee. 

1Sa 16:16  Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well. 

 

 Saul’s Servant knew about David…but…not his name…

 

1Sa 16:17  And Saul said unto his servants, Provide me now a man that can play well, and bring him to me. 

1Sa 16:18  Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the LORD is with him. 

 

Saul sends for “Mr. Nobody” …

1Sa 16:19  Wherefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse, and said, Send me David thy son, which is with the sheep. (Why is David still keeping the sheep? He was anointed to be the King of Israel…Didn’t his family believe who he was called to be?)

1Sa 16:20  And Jesse took an ass laden with bread, and a bottle of wine, and a kid, and sent them by David his son unto Saul. 

1Sa 16:21  And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly; and he became his armourbearer. 

(An officer selected by kings and generals because of his bravery, not only to bear their armour, but also to stand by them in the time of danger. This is where David learned about the protocols of being the king.)

1Sa 16:22  And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath found favour in my sight. 

1Sa 16:23  And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him. 

 

“Mr. Forgotten, again” …

1Sa 17:1  Now the Philistines gathered together their armies to battle, and were gathered together at Shochoh, which belongeth to Judah, and pitched between Shochoh and Azekah, in Ephesdammim. 

1Sa 17:2  And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and pitched by the valley of Elah, and set the battle in array against the Philistines. 

(Where is the kings Armour-Bearer?)

1Sa 17:12  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. 

1Sa 17:13  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. 

1Sa 17:14  And David was the youngest: and the three eldest followed Saul. 

1Sa 17:15  But David went and returned from Saul to feed his father's sheep at Bethlehem.

(Back to Tending Sheep? What? No. Why? … No one believed in him.)

From Shepherd boy to anointed king…

From the Anointed King back to tending sheep…

From Tending Sheep to the King’s Armour-Bearer…

From the King’s Armour-Bearer back to tending Sheep…

From tending sheep to errand boy and messenger…

 

1Sa 17:16  And the Philistine drew near morning and evening, and presented himself forty days. 

1Sa 17:17  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 to thy brethren; 

1Sa 17:18  And carry these ten cheeses unto the captain of their thousand, and look how thy brethren fare, and take their pledge. 

 

 

Simply Obedient…

 

1Sa 17:20  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. 

 

I thought Saul knew about David? …

 

1Sa 17:31  And when the words were heard which David spake, they rehearsed them before Saul: and he sent for him. 

1Sa 17:32  And David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine. 

1Sa 17:33  And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth. 

1Sa 17:34  And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: 

1Sa 17:35  And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. 

1Sa 17:36  Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God. 

1Sa 17:37  David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee. 

 

Never try to prove yourself with someone else’s armour…

 

1Sa 17:38  And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail. 

1Sa 17:39  And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him. 

 

Do we need to retell the Story of David and Goliath? …

David wins! …

 

1Sa 17:40  And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine…

Sa 17:50  So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David. 

1Sa 17:51  Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled. 

 

Who are you? …

Listen to David’s Reply …

 

1Sa 17:55  And when Saul saw David go forth against the Philistine, he said unto Abner, the captain of the host, Abner, whose son is this youth? And Abner said, As thy soul liveth, O king, I cannot tell. 

1Sa 17:56  And the king said, Enquire thou whose son the stripling is. 

1Sa 17:57  And 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. 

1Sa 17:58  And Saul said to him, Whose son art thou, thou young man? And David answered, I am the son of thy servant Jesse the Bethlehemite.

 

Why would I share this with you today?

 

So many today are hurting, wounded, forgotten, rejected…

 

Families turned their backs on us…

 

Employers forget the great job you did for them…

 

Even friends abandoned us…

 

But there is 1, named Jesus, who cares so much for you that he Who knew no sin became sin for us!

 

He set aside His glory in heaven for us…

 

He knew the path He had to take and still chose to walk that path because of His great love for us!

 

1Pe 2:22  He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. 

1Pe 2:23  When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. 

1Pe 2:24  He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.

 

But what is sin?

1Jn 3:4  Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. 

1Jn 3:5  And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. 

 

Mat 19:16  And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? 

Mat 19:17  And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. 

Mat 19:18  He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, 

Mat 19:19  Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself…

 

Are you tired of trying to somehow “do it all” on your own?

Are you drowning in the sea of life?

Then why not answer Jesus’ call!

 

Mat 11:28  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 

Mat 11:29  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 

Mat 11:30  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. 

 

1Pe_5:7  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

 


 

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