יהוה צבאות – Jehovah Tsaba
Thank you Wil, for the new post on Jehovah Tsaba, Dear Lord I pray that people reading this sermon from Wil, that Lord it will just transform people as they read it! I pray that you will work in the hearts of everyone that comes across this message. Lord we thank you -Amen.
As we continue through this series on the names of God, we have gone through different names of God we previously discussed the name Jehovah Nissi, The Lord our Banner. One of the two names of God used for the battles that we face. The other name in the battles that we use for the battles that we face which is the name I want to go through today is Jehovah Tsaba.
Regardless of what team you pull for or even what country you call yours, everyone loves a great underdog, it’s the Cleveland Cavaliers who nobody expected to beat the 73-9 Golden State Warriors when they were down 3-1 in a series, or maybe it’s the 1980’s Winter Olympics where a United States team full of amateur and college hockey players defeated a heavily favorited Soviet Union team who was filled with professional and experienced hockey players.
Though no underdog story is anywhere as good as the story coming out of Samuel 17, the story of David and Goliath. I don’t care where you from or how much you know about the Bible, odds are you know this story, It’s David a young shepherd boy who was just meant to bring his brother on the front line supplies versus Goliath a giant, nine foot nine inches tall (some say nine foot six inches regardless he is still really tall), a man who has been training for this his whole life a man who’s conquered opponents before. His body armor and spear weighed 155 not mentioning his greaves, helmet, and sword. I mean this guy had a six and a half foot spear whose spear head alone weighed 18.65 pounds. Looking at that alone any day of the week any person, anybody who makes bets, any odds maker picks Goliath to win this fight, but what he isn’t looking at while he just looks at that is Goliath is NOT the giant in the story.
See at the beginning of this story we see two armies on two different mountains, you have the Philistines on one mountain and facing them you have the Israelites on another mountain both sides preparing and gathering to do battle. Then out of this Philistine camps comes Goliath of Gath, the Bible calls him a champion. See rather than doing a battle where thousands of men would be lost as a result sometimes they would choose to do a representational battle where it’s just two men fighting to the death and whoever wins gets that land; he claims the victory for his whole country all together.
As it says in 1 Samuel 17 8-11: 8 He stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel and said to them, “Why do you come out to draw up in battle array? Am I not the Philistine and you servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves and let him come down to me. 9 If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will become your servants; but if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall become our servants and serve us.” 10 Again the Philistine said, “I defy the ranks of Israel this day; give me a man that we may fight together.” 11 When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.
Even hearing this man shout at them, trash talk them and mock God, it terrified the Israelites, so for 40 days and 40 nights they didn’t say anything, for 40 days and 40 nights Goliath came out and mocked the Israelites, mocked God, David the youngest of eight, a young shepherd is told by his father Jesse to go bring some rations and supplies to his three older brothers who are fighting the battle on the front line. So David goes puts up the sheep and goes to the front lines bringing his brothers the supplies when the Philistine just like he’s been doing comes out and he mocks God, but this time David heard him.
1 Samuel 17:24-27 24 When all the men of Israel saw the man, they fled from him and were greatly afraid. 25 The men of Israel said, “Have you seen this man who is coming up? Surely he is coming up to defy Israel. And it will be that the king will enrich the man who kills him with great riches and will give him his daughter and make his father’s house free in Israel.”
26 Then David spoke to the men who were standing by him, saying, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should taunt the armies of the living God?” 27 The people answered him in accord with this word, saying, “Thus it will be done for the man who kills him.”
So at this point David is ready to fight, David is ready to take this Philistine down and when King Saul hears this he calls for David rather than encouraging David tells him how he can’t possibly fight Goliath since David is just a kid while Goliath has been doing this since he was young.
David responds in 1 Samuel 17:34-37 34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant was tending his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and took a lamb from the flock, 35 I went out after him and attacked him, and rescued it from his mouth; and when he rose up against me, I seized him by his beard and struck him and killed him. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them since he has taunted the armies of the living God.” 37 And David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and may the Lord be with you.”
So after rejecting Saul’s offering of his armor David grabs his stick and five smooth stones putting them in his shepherd’s bag with his sling in his hand. Then he goes off and approaches the Philistine and when this Philistine sees David it said he despised him and he begin to mock David and mock God when David in says this which in verse 45 is where we see the name, The Lord of Hosts, Jehovah Tsaba, The Lord our Warrior, 1 Samuel 17:45-47 45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you up into my hands, and I will strike you down and remove your head from you. And I will give the dead bodies of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the sky and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, 47 and that all this assembly may know that the Lord does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you into our hands.”
Then the battle ensues and as everyone knows David runs to the frontline, takes one of the stones, he then slung it at the Philistine sinking it into his forehead, killing him; he wins the battle, and he cuts off Goliaths head just like he said he would. Though David’s stone is not the reason, he defeated this so called giant. It’s not because he had a cool stone, or because he was a young, handsome man. It was because David had invited the real giant in on the fight.
These so called giants are nothing compared to Jehovah Tsaba, The Lord our Warrior because he already defeated the biggest so-called giant we fear when he sent his son to conquer this so called giant we have in Sin and Death. With that battle it will look hard, there will be Saul’s along the way saying we have no shot, we won’t always win the little battles. Sometimes you’ll fail, but Jehovah Tsaba already did the work against the giant of Sin and death, through his son when he was crucified, and three days later he defeated the grave and he rose again.
Lord, I thank you for this opportunity, I pray that whatever battle we are going through we see you as Jehovah Tsaba in the battle and that we invite The Lord our Warrior into the fight with us. Amen.
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