Cracking the Genesis Code

The Giant Slayer

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript

Participants: Pastor Stephen Bohr


Series Code: CGC

Program Code: CGC000009

01:17 Shall we bow our heads for prayer?
01:18 Father in heaven, we thank You so much for the privilege
01:23 of coming to Your house of worship.
01:25 We ask that You will pour out Your Holy Spirit upon this place
01:31 as we open Your Holy Word, particularly of the study
01:36 of the marvels from the book of Genesis.
01:37 And we thank You for hearing our prayer for we ask it in
01:41 Jesus' name, Amen.
01:47 I'd like to begin our study today by turning to that very
01:53 central and important verse, Genesis 3:15, Genesis 3:15.
02:03 This verse is central to everything that we're studying
02:08 in this seminar. Here God is speaking to the
02:12 serpent and He says this:
02:21 That is the serpent and the woman.
02:29 That is the Seed of the woman.
02:38 Now you'll notice here that the Seed of the woman,
02:41 according to this prophecy, was going to bruise the head
02:48 of the serpent. Now in our study today we're going to analyze
02:52 the story where there is a death blow given to the head.
02:58 It's not a story in the book of Genesis.
03:01 It's actually found in 1 Samuel chapter 17.
03:05 It's the famous story of David and Goliath,
03:11 which probably we've heard since we were children,
03:14 if we're adults. It's a spectacular story.
03:18 A story where David, against all odds, overcomes and defeats
03:24 this, supposedly, invincible giant.
03:28 Now I'd like to just go through this story.
03:32 I'm not going to read all of the verses, because we don't
03:35 have the time to read all of the verses.
03:36 You can read 1 Samuel 17 at your leisure.
03:40 But there are certain points in this chapter that I want to
03:45 underline, because they're important for what we're going
03:47 to talk about in the second half of our study together.
03:51 First of all, I would like to mention that when this story
03:56 takes place, Saul was the king of Israel.
04:00 However, if you read 1 Samuel 15:26 you're going to discover
04:08 that Saul, because of his disobedience, God had already
04:13 told him that he was going to be deposed as king.
04:17 In other words, Saul was no longer going to be the king
04:21 of Israel, because of his disobedience.
04:25 Now, in this context we find that because of Saul's
04:29 disobedience, you can read 1 Samuel 15 and 16,
04:32 Israel suffered one defeat after another at the hands of the
04:38 Philistines, their arch enemies.
04:40 In fact almost in every single battle that Israel was involved
04:44 with, with the Philistines, they lost ground,
04:48 and they lost battles; all because of the disobedience
04:54 of Saul. Israel, in other words, needed someone to recover
04:59 the kingship, which had been lost by Saul.
05:03 Israel needed a champion to recover that which had been
05:08 lost, because they had been defeated so severely in all
05:13 of their battles in recent times.
05:16 In this context Israel was found in a certain valley.
05:23 The Israelite armies on one side of the valley,
05:26 and the Philistine armies on the other side of the valley.
05:30 And they were preparing for battle.
05:33 And as Israel was preparing for battle, the Bible tells us that
05:39 from the army of the Philistines came forth a warrior
05:44 such as they had never seen in all of their experience.
05:49 This warrior is described in 1 Samuel 17:4-7,
05:57 1 Samuel 17:4-7. We find the following words there:
06:17 That's equivalent to almost ten feet.
06:20 Step aside Shaquille O'Neal!
06:23 You would be a midget next to this man.
06:27 Imagine, almost 10 feet tall! Verse 5:
06:49 In other words, his armor weighed 157 pounds!
06:55 There are people who don't weigh 157 pounds.
07:01 Notice what it continues saying in verse 6:
07:15 That means the tip of his spear.
07:27 By the way, 600 shekels is the equivalent of 17 pounds.
07:33 In other words, the tip of his spear weighted 17 pounds.
07:38 That's like throwing a shot put in the Olympics.
07:42 And so you have this giant, almost 10 feet tall.
07:46 His armor 157 pounds.
07:50 The tip of his spear 17 pounds.
07:53 He has a shield bearer before him, and he comes out
07:59 and he roars at Israel saying, Send someone to fight with me.
08:09 Now if you read this description,
08:11 it certainly appears like the giant Goliath was invincible.
08:17 In fact, I'd like to read a statement from one of my
08:21 favorite books on Old Testament history, the book
08:24 Patriarchs and Prophets, page 646, we find these words:
08:29 The coat, that is his armor.
08:41 And that's not surprising because you know the god of the
08:45 Philistines was Dagon, the fish god.
08:47 And so the author says:
09:02 Now as we read on in the story we discover that David arrives
09:07 at the battlefield, and the giant sees David, this is later
09:11 on in the story, and the giant can't believe what he's seeing,
09:16 because he's described, David is described, as being ruddy,
09:21 and young, and cute, and beautiful.
09:26 In other words, David had no experience in warfare.
09:29 In fact, king Saul said to David, when he was willing to
09:33 go fight the giant, he says, listen, you don't know anything
09:37 about warfare. This man has been experienced in warfare
09:41 since the days of his youth.
09:43 So not only do you have this formidable armor, but you also
09:48 have a warrior who had been involved in many battles.
09:51 Now there's something that we need to understand about this
09:55 story. This story is not really about two armies fighting
10:01 each other. The story in 1 Samuel 17 is about two
10:07 champions fighting each other.
10:10 And whichever of the champions wins the battle,
10:15 the army wins along with him.
10:18 In other words, Goliath says, Send a man to fight me.
10:22 If I defeat him you will be our slaves.
10:25 If he defeats me we will be your slaves.
10:28 In other words, the battle is not primarily a battle between
10:32 the Philistines and Israel, it is a battle between the champion
10:37 of the Philistines, and the champion of Israel.
10:40 And whichever of the champions wins, the people win
10:44 along with him. Now if you read 1 Samuel 17 you'll discover
10:49 that the armies of Israel were terrified.
10:52 In fact, I like the way the King James puts it:
10:55 They were sore afraid.
10:58 Do you like that? They were sore afraid.
11:01 That means that they were trembling.
11:03 They were shaking when this giant came out
11:07 to defy the armies of Israel.
11:10 Now in this context of the giant coming out and defying
11:16 the armies of Israel, we find in the city of Bethlehem,
11:21 a young boy whose name is David.
11:25 He's the youngest in the family.
11:28 And David's father...(I want you to notice these details because
11:33 we're going to come back to them again.)
11:34 David's father sends him to his brothers at the battlefield.
11:42 Now isn't that interesting?
11:46 The father sending his son to his brothers in the battlefield.
11:53 And when David arrives in the battlefield, how do his brothers
11:58 receive him? Have you read the story of 1 Samuel 17?
12:04 His oldest brother says to him, Oh, I know why you've come here.
12:09 You've come here to watch the battle.
12:12 Little did his brothers know and realize that David had not
12:19 come to watch the battle, but David had actually come
12:24 to deliver them in this battle by fighting the giant
12:28 of the Philistines.
12:30 In other words, he's sent by his father to the battlefield,
12:34 to his brothers, and he's totally misunderstood
12:38 by his brothers. Now, do you know who should have really
12:42 fought against this giant?
12:44 If you read the story, you'll discover that the individual who
12:48 should have fought this giant was Saul,
12:50 because Saul was the king of Israel.
12:53 He was the legitimate sovereign of Israel.
12:56 Of course, because of Saul's disobedience, he had lost
13:01 battle after battle.
13:02 He knew that he could not prevail over this giant.
13:06 And so it was necessary for someone to take the place
13:11 of Saul, who should have fought this battle,
13:14 and fight the battle in the place of the king.
13:18 And this individual who was to fight the battle that Saul lost
13:23 was none less than David.
13:25 As you read this story, you find that David was consumed
13:29 with the zeal for God.
13:31 In fact, he was indignant when the giant defied the armies of
13:37 Israel in the name of his gods.
13:39 He says, Who is this uncircumcised Philistine
13:42 that he should defy the armies of the living God?
13:46 In other words, the zeal for the cause of God consumed David.
13:51 As the story develops, Saul hears that this young
13:55 boy has said, Who is this giant that he should defy
13:59 the armies of Israel?
14:01 So Saul calls him into his tent and he says, What's this I hear
14:05 about you talking about this giant?
14:08 And David says, Oh, I'll go and I'll fight that giant.
14:13 I'll defeat that giant.
14:15 And Saul looks at him from head to toe, and he says,
14:18 You go fight the giant?
14:20 That's funny! You're just a youth.
14:25 You're not even growing whiskers yet, is the impression
14:28 you get by the expressions that are used.
14:30 David says, I will go, and I will fight with him,
14:34 and I will defeat him.
14:36 And so what does Saul do?
14:38 Saul takes his armor, his human armor, and he places his human
14:44 armor on David. And what happened when he did that?
14:51 You can imagine this boy, who had never been involved
14:54 in a war, never been involved in a battle, wearing this heavy
14:59 armor that covered his whole body.
15:02 He looks at king Saul, and he says, I can't wear this human
15:07 armor. I've never done it before.
15:10 I would lose the battle in an instant.
15:12 And so we're told in the story that David took off the human
15:18 armor, and he went to face the giant with an armor,
15:24 which is not described in the story, but which David writes
15:29 about in many of the Psalms.
15:31 Notice Psalm 18 just as an example.
15:34 Psalm 18: 2, 3, Psalm 18:2, 3.
15:39 We're going to find what the armor of David was.
15:43 And, of course, Goliath didn't see the armor.
15:45 That's why he under estimated him, we're going to find.
15:48 Psalm 18:2, 3, Psalm 18:2, 3. Here David says:
16:28 What was David's armor?
16:30 David's armor was nothing more or less than the Lord Himself
16:36 coming to the giant in the name of the Lord.
16:40 And so David takes off the human armor, knowing that it would do
16:45 no good in fighting this giant, and he puts on
16:48 his divine armor.
16:50 And then he goes down to the brook and he picks up
16:55 his formidable armor, his formidable weapons.
16:59 He picks up five stones.
17:02 Do you know that all that David had were a sling, five stones,
17:08 a shepherd's bag, and a staff?
17:14 That's the reason why the giant said, What do you think I am,
17:18 a dog that you come at me with sticks?
17:20 Because he had his staff in his hand.
17:23 Now imagine the comparison between David and Goliath.
17:26 It didn't look like David had any chance of winning.
17:29 I mean this giant was tall, covered from head to foot.
17:35 He had a shield bearer before him. he had a huge spear
17:38 He had a huge spear; 17 pounds the tip of the spear.
17:41 I mean, he was invincible.
17:44 And here comes little David: young, inexperienced in warfare,
17:50 with a sling and five stones.
17:52 Some people wonder about the five stones.
17:54 We know that the Philistines had five cities.
17:59 They were known as the pentapolis.
18:01 They're in the Gaza strip today, by the way.
18:03 And perhaps what David was symbolizing was that all of the
18:08 Philistines were going to eventually be defeated.
18:11 And that's the reason why he picked up five stones.
18:15 And so David comes to the giant to fight the battle that Saul
18:23 should have fought, that the armies of Israel should have
18:27 fought, but David now comes and he's going to fight
18:30 his battle. Now there's a few things that we need
18:33 to understand about David.
18:35 First of all 1 Samuel 17:15 tells us that David
18:42 was the model shepherd.
18:44 He was a shepherd of his father's sheep.
18:46 That's a very important detail.
18:48 He's sent by his father, but he was the shepherd
18:51 of his father's sheep.
18:52 Not only that, we find that David was willing to give his
18:57 life to protect his sheep.
19:00 When he came before Saul, Saul said, you can't fight
19:03 against this Philistine.
19:04 David says, what do you mean I can't?
19:06 He says, when I was taking care of my father's sheep,
19:09 a lion would come out of the brush, and he'd want to eat up
19:13 one of my father's sheep.
19:14 And I would go after him.
19:16 I would grab him by the jaw.
19:18 I would break his jaw, and I would deliver the lamb
19:21 from his jaws. He said, at other times a bear would come out.
19:26 And I would go after the bear, and I would fight the bear.
19:29 And I would deliver the lamb from his mouth.
19:31 And he says this uncircumcised Philistine
19:34 is going to be just like them.
19:35 So David was a very courageous shepherd.
19:42 He cared for his father's sheep.
19:45 He was sent by his father to the battlefield to fight this
19:50 giant to gain the victory.
19:52 There are other interesting things about David.
19:55 David was also, at this point, anointed to be king.
19:59 Do you know that he was anointed before he actually
20:03 fought Goliath? In other words, the first king had been deposed;
20:08 Saul, because of his disobedience.
20:10 And David now had been anointed the king of Israel,
20:14 to fight the battles of Israel.
20:16 He was the model king.
20:19 He was the model shepherd.
20:21 In fact, we find that David was born in Bethlehem Ephrata.
20:27 That's significant!
20:30 That name is significant.
20:31 He was born in Bethlehem Ephrata.
20:34 Furthermore, as you read the story in 1 Samuel 17,
20:38 you'll discover that this giant came forth,
20:43 and he defied the armies of Israel with his boasts,
20:48 and his threats for how long?
20:50 For 40 days and 40 nights.
20:55 That's interesting!
20:56 Are you starting to catch an interesting
20:59 picture in this story?
21:00 You have the father sending his son.
21:04 His son is the shepherd of his sheep.
21:08 He's the model shepherd.
21:10 He's willing to give his life for his sheep.
21:14 In fighting against this formidable enemy,
21:18 he's going to deliver his people.
21:20 And the boasts and threats of Goliath take place for 40 days.
21:27 And he was born in Bethlehem Ephrata.
21:33 Are you starting to catch an interesting picture here?
21:35 Whom does Goliath really represent?
21:39 He is the serpent of Genesis 3.
21:45 Whom does David represent?
21:48 David represents Jesus Christ.
21:52 And so for 40 days the giant would come out, and he would
21:55 defy the armies of Israel.
22:00 And we find David coming down to the bottom of the valley
22:03 with his sling, and his 5 stones, and with his staff.
22:09 And the giant looks at him, and he says, be real!
22:19 Doesn't Israel have any men who know how to fight
22:22 that Saul sends me his children?
22:27 You know, the greatest tactical mistake that an army can commit
22:31 is to underestimate the enemy.
22:38 You see, the giant felt that David was easy pickings.
22:42 He says, this is going to be a piece of cake!
22:45 Because all he sees is a young boy without any armor,
22:51 although he doesn't know what the armor really is.
22:53 David is covered from head to foot with armor,
22:56 because he's covered with the righteousness of the Lord.
23:00 So the giant sees him, and he can't believe his eyes.
23:03 And then he made his big mistake.
23:06 It says that he cursed David by his god's.
23:11 And David, of course, was totally
23:14 bent out of shape over this.
23:17 In fact the giant says, You come to me and I will give the bodies
23:23 of your armies to the birds of the air, and the beasts of the
23:26 field. And David says, you're half right.
23:30 That's what's going to happen, but it's going to happen to you,
23:33 and to your armies.
23:34 Can you imagine little David standing there?
23:39 He probably didn't come up to the giant's waist.
23:43 Because I don't think David was a super tall individual.
23:46 I mean, a person who's 6 foot tall would look kind of short
23:53 next to a 10 footer, huh?
23:55 You know, I'm 6 feet.
23:57 I would be looking at Goliath's belt buckle, probably.
24:02 And so he says, I'm going to give your bodies to the beasts
24:07 of the field, and to the birds of the air.
24:09 And David said, No way!
24:10 Now I want you to notice how David comes against the giant.
24:14 This is critical. 1 Samuel 17: 45, 1 Samuel 17:45.
24:20 This is a critically important verse for what we're going to
24:24 talk about in a few minutes. It says here:
24:48 How did David come against the giant?
24:51 He came against the giant in the name of the Lord.
24:55 Now we need to understand something about the name
24:59 in the Bible. When you use someone's name, you are really
25:04 appealing to that person's authority.
25:07 Let me give you another example from the Old Testament.
25:10 You have the story of Elisha, when the 42 children
25:14 were making fun of him.
25:15 Remember, go up thou bald head?
25:16 Do you know that it says there that Elisha turned and he
25:21 cursed them in the name of the Lord.
25:25 Was he invoking God into this now?
25:30 Did God get involved in the story when Elisha used His name?
25:35 Yes, and that's what David is doing.
25:38 By using His name, he's actually appealing to God's authority.
25:43 So he says, I come to you in the name of the Lord.
25:48 It's as if the Lord is fighting this battle.
25:50 And I want you to notice that the version of the battle is not
25:54 like the Hollywood version.
25:55 You know, where David is strategically moving backwards.
26:00 You know, from one side to the other, and backwards, you know.
26:02 No way! The story in the Bible says that he took out a stone,
26:07 and he put it in his sling, and with absolute precision
26:13 and speed, without pausing at all, he hurled the stone.
26:24 And the Bible says in 1 Samuel 17:49, listen, the stone sank
26:31 into his forehead. That's exactly the way it says.
26:36 The stone sank into his forehead, which means that the
26:40 stone stayed in his forehead.
26:42 Now who do you think guided that stone?
26:48 Lucky shot! No way!
26:53 The Lord guided that stone, because David was coming
26:58 against Goliath in God's name, or God's authority.
27:03 And the stone sank into his forehead, and Goliath plummeted
27:10 to the ground. But now, listen up, Goliath was not dead yet.
27:18 Did you know that? That the stone that sank into his
27:24 forehead did not kill him?
27:25 It gave him a death blow.
27:28 Let's go to 1 Samuel 17:51, 1 Samuel 17:51,
27:35 and you'll see what I'm saying.
27:36 It says here, in verse 51:
27:51 And what's the next couple of words?
28:00 Was he dead? No. Was he almost dead?
28:07 The death blow really did him in.
28:09 The only thing that was lacking was to what?
28:13 Was to cut off his head.
28:16 By the way, if you're going to kill a serpent,
28:19 how do you do it?
28:21 Do you run over his head?
28:23 Listen, I remember in South America sometimes I would travel
28:27 with my Dad over these jungle roads.
28:32 And a snake would come out, and my Dad would run over
28:34 the snake. And do you know what would happen?
28:37 That snake would continue going as if nothing had happened.
28:40 Because if you want to kill a snake
28:42 you have to cut off its head.
28:46 Now there's a reason why I'm emphasizing that the stone
28:49 that hit him on the forehead did not kill him at the moment.
28:51 His head had to be cut off.
28:54 Because in the symbolism that we're going to study now,
28:56 we're going to find that at the cross, Jesus gave Satan
29:01 a death blow on his head.
29:02 He bruised his head, but the devil is still alive.
29:06 But the death blow has been given.
29:09 And the scripture tells us that after the millennium
29:12 there's going to be an invitation to the birds
29:15 of the air, and the beasts of the field to have a banquet
29:18 once again. Now why did God give us this story?
29:23 Is it simply a wonderful story of a young boy who had a lot
29:27 of courage. He went and fought a huge giant,
29:30 and God gave him the victory?
29:32 Or do we have, in this story, perhaps, a prophecy of a much
29:38 greater event to take place in the future?
29:41 Well, I believe by the characteristics that I've
29:44 mentioned, that there's no doubt that this is a typological story
29:48 like other stories of the Old Testament.
29:50 It really is an illustration of the great controversy
29:53 between Christ and Satan.
29:56 Goliath represents Satan.
29:59 David represents Jesus Christ.
30:02 And the battle represents the battle in this world to deliver
30:07 human beings from bondage.
30:08 Now let me do the parallel, so that you can see the connection
30:12 between what happened in the past with Israel,
30:16 and how this story is fulfilled in Christ.
30:20 Was Adam originally created a king?
30:27 You know, you have Psalm 8: 5, 6.
30:30 I've read it so many times already in this seminar.
30:33 For you have made him a little lower than the angels.
30:36 You have crowned him with glory, and with honor,
30:38 the Bible says, speaking about Adam.
30:41 And then it says that God put everything under his feet.
30:44 In other words, the king over this realm, over this earth,
30:48 as God originally placed him, was Adam.
30:51 But what happened with Adam?
30:54 Did he disobey God?
30:56 He most certainly did disobey God.
31:00 And when he disobeyed God was he deposed from his throne?
31:04 Absolutely! That's why the devil, on the mount of
31:08 temptation could offer Jesus all of the kingdoms of the world.
31:13 He says, because they've been delivered to me,
31:15 and to who ever I wish, I give them.
31:18 So just like Saul was the king of Israel, and because of his
31:21 disobedience he was deposed; in the same way Adam was made
31:25 the king over the human race, and because of his sin
31:28 of disobedience, he was deposed from his throne.
31:32 Did all of the descendents of Adam suffer one defeat after
31:37 another in the battle against evil,
31:40 in the battle against Satan?
31:41 Did anybody remain unscathed?
31:44 No, because the book of Romans tells us that all have sinned
31:48 and come short of the glory of God.
31:51 In fact, 2 Peter 2:19 tells us that we became slaves
31:59 when we chose to serve Satan.
32:02 We became his slaves, his servants.
32:05 And so we find Adam, and all of his descendents, losing their
32:12 position of authority.
32:13 Did humanity need a champion to fight its battle?
32:21 Of course. What human being was able to defeat Satan?
32:25 Not one. There is none righteous, no not one,
32:31 according to Romans 3.
32:33 No one within the human race could defeat the devil.
32:36 He was too formidable.
32:39 In fact we're told in Hebrews 2:14, 15,
32:42 that the devil had held the human race in lifelong bondage,
32:47 like the Philistines had brought Israel into bondage.
32:51 And then, of course, Jesus Christ was born into the human
32:59 race. Have you ever stopped to think about the contrast between
33:04 Jesus and Satan? Or even the contrast between Jesus and Adam?
33:12 When Adam sinned he lived in a perfect garden. Right?
33:19 When Adam sinned he was an adult.
33:23 When Adam sinned he had a perfect body.
33:27 When Adam sinned he had a perfect mind, full of vitality.
33:35 And yet when Jesus came to this earth, he had none of those.
33:40 Jesus came to this earth to live in the realm
33:45 of Satan's dominion.
33:46 He came with a body and a mind affected by 4,000 years of sin.
33:52 He was born into this world as a baby.
33:56 And when Jesus was born, according to Revelation 12:4,
34:03 a little baby in Bethlehem, the devil was standing next to Him
34:07 to devour Him as soon as He was born.
34:10 In fact, the devil was licking his chops.
34:13 He said, listen, if I was able to defeat Adam,
34:15 in a perfect garden, with a perfect body, a perfect mind,
34:20 as an adult, this is going to be easy.
34:26 He's born in my realm, with a body and mind effected by
34:30 4,000 years of sin. This is going to be easy.
34:35 The devil actually underestimated Jesus.
34:39 Now whom was Jesus sent by to this earth?
34:45 Notice John 3:17, John 3:17.
34:51 He was sent by his Father.
34:54 It says there in John 3:17:
35:07 So here we find the Father sending His Son,
35:11 just like in the Old Testament, the father sent David
35:15 to the battlefield.
35:16 Now in whose name did Jesus go?
35:21 He came in the name of His Father; not in His own name.
35:25 Notice what we find in John 5:43, John 5:43.
35:31 We find this idea: He doesn't come in His own name;
35:33 He comes in the name of his father.
35:35 John 5:43 says this: I have come in my father's name,
35:45 and you do not receive me.
35:48 If another comes in his own name, him you will receive.
35:52 So, notice that Jesus is sent by His Father.
35:55 He doesn't come in His own name.
35:58 He comes in the name of His Father.
35:59 Was Jesus anointed to be king?
36:03 Notice the book of Luke 4.
36:08 Luke 4:16, 17, Luke 4:16, 17.
36:13 Here it speaks about the anointing of Jesus
36:16 to deliver His people.
36:18 It says there: So he came to Nazareth,
36:20 where he had been brought up.
36:21 And as his custom was, he went into the synagogue
36:24 on the Sabbath Day and stood up to read.
36:26 And he was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah.
36:31 And when he had opened the book, he found the place
36:33 where it is written:
36:58 So Jesus was anointed to be king.
37:01 He was anointed to be the deliverer of Israel.
37:04 How did the brothers of Jesus receive him?
37:08 Notice John 7:5, John 7:5.
37:14 He's sent to the battlefield.
37:16 How do his brothers receive him?
37:18 We're told there in John 7:5 the treatment that he received.
37:24 It says there: For even his brothers did not believe in him.
37:32 Are you starting to see a parallel here between these two
37:36 stories? Sent by his father?
37:39 Not in his own name.
37:42 Coming to the battlefield of this world where the original
37:45 king has lost his position of authority.
37:48 Underestimated by Satan.
37:50 By the way, does the Bible present the idea of two Adams?
37:56 The first Adam, and the last Adam?
38:00 Does the last Adam undo what the first Adam did?
38:03 1 Corinthians 15:45 says that the original Adam was made
38:11 a living soul. The last Adam is made a life giving spirit.
38:16 In other words, Jesus came to take the place of Adam,
38:19 who lost his throne; just like David came to take the position
38:23 of Saul, who lost his throne.
38:25 Both were anointed.
38:27 And, by the way, do you know that the Bible says that Jesus
38:31 was of the house of David, the king of Israel?
38:34 In fact, there's some interesting, very, very,
38:36 interesting prophecies in the book of Ezekiel.
38:38 Let's go to a couple of those prophecies.
38:41 Go with me to Ezekiel 37:24, Ezekiel 37:24.
38:47 This is a very interesting prophecy, because this is being
38:50 written about 400 years after David.
38:54 In other words, by this time David is dead.
38:57 But there's a very interesting prophecy made about David.
39:01 It says here in Ezekiel 37:24, David...
39:08 Notice this: David, my servant, shall be king over them.
39:12 At this point David had been dead for hundreds of years.
39:18 And they shall all have one shepherd.
39:21 What was David going to be when he would rise again?
39:24 Shepherd. They shall also walk in my judgments and observe
39:32 my statutes and do them.
39:34 Notice also Ezekiel 34, Ezekiel 34:23, Ezekiel 34:23.
39:43 It says here, speaking about the time after the captivity.
39:49 And I, the Lord, will be their God.
39:54 And my servant, David, a prince among them.
40:00 I the Lord have spoken.
40:03 So you have David, the prince or the king?
40:06 David the shepherd, after his death, God is prophesying.
40:10 I'm going to put David as My king.
40:12 I'm going to David as My shepherd over My people, Israel.
40:16 Do you remember when Jesus had the conversation with Nathaniel,
40:20 one of His disciples?
40:22 The story is found in John 1:49, where Nathaniel says about
40:28 Jesus: You are the Christ, the king of Israel.
40:40 Who was the original king? Adam.
40:43 Who came to fight the battle that Adam lost?
40:48 The second Adam: Jesus, the king of Israel.
40:53 By the way, do you know that in Luke 1:69 it speaks about Jesus
40:59 fulfilling this prophecy of Ezekiel 34 and Ezekiel 37.
41:04 Jesus is the new David.
41:06 Not personally, but He's the new David to fulfill the role
41:11 of the David that we find in the Old Testament.
41:14 Let me ask you, was Jesus the good shepherd?
41:18 Have you ever read John 10:11-14?
41:23 Let's notice that: John 10:11-14.
41:29 Here Jesus is speaking about Himself, and He says this:
41:41 Does that sound like David? Most certainly!
41:45 By the way, David knew that he wasn't the shepherd,
41:48 because he says the Lord is My Shepherd.
41:50 So David knew that this was a typological story.
41:53 Notice verse 11, verse 12:
42:15 I am the good shepherd, and I know my sheep,
42:19 and am known by mine own.
42:22 And so you notice that Jesus is king of Israel.
42:25 Jesus is the good shepherd.
42:27 Where was Jesus born?
42:31 Of course, all of this is coincidence, do you think?
42:35 Where was Jesus born?
42:38 He was born not only in Bethlehem, but He was born
42:41 in the place that has the exact name: Bethlehem Ephrata.
42:46 Notice the book of Micah, Micah 5:2, Micah 5:2.
42:53 Very interesting that the exact name would be given.
42:57 Micah 5:2, It says:
43:21 How long did Jesus battle with the devil in the wilderness;
43:27 with that giant who was roaring, so to speak, against Christ?
43:33 How long did the battle last?
43:37 You know, don't you?
43:38 How long was Jesus in the wilderness being
43:41 tempted of the devil?
43:44 Forty days. It's an accident, right?
43:47 Notice Mark 1:13, Mark 1:13.
43:54 Here we're told by Mark the amount of time that Jesus
44:00 was there battling with the devil. It says:
44:15 How did Jesus attack the devil there in the wilderness
44:19 during those forty days?
44:21 Was He indecisive?
44:23 Did He say, let me see what kind of strategy I can develop
44:27 to defeat this enemy, this giant?
44:29 How did Jesus do it?
44:30 His response was what? Immediate.
44:35 Is that what David did when he fought against
44:37 Goliath the giant?
44:38 It was immediate.
44:39 In whose name did Jesus come against the devil?
44:43 The Lord rebuke you, He says to the devil.
44:47 He says, It is written.
44:49 His fight against the devil is not indecisive.
44:53 It is up front, direct, without any delay, without any pause.
45:00 Just like David when he fought Goliath.
45:05 We're told in 1 John 3:8 that Jesus came to destroy
45:10 the works of the devil.
45:12 In fact, when Jesus Christ died on the cross of Calvary,
45:18 the prophecy of Genesis 3:15 was fulfilled.
45:22 Satan's head was bruised.
45:28 But is the devil still alive?
45:30 Is he still wreaking havoc?
45:33 He most certainly is.
45:35 The death blow has been given, but when will this prophecy
45:40 ultimately be fulfilled?
45:42 The handwriting is on the wall for Satan.
45:45 The death blow has been given.
45:47 The only thing that is lacking is his final what?
45:50 Is his final destruction.
45:53 And when will that take place?
45:55 Go with me to Revelation 19: 17, 18, Revelation 19:17, 18.
46:04 And, by the way, we don't have time to read it,
46:06 but you can read Ezekiel 38 and 39, where you have
46:09 this scene coming from.
46:11 Actually, this takes place before the millennium,
46:13 with the followers of Satan, and it takes place after
46:17 the millennium with Satan himself.
46:19 Revelation 19:17, 18.
46:23 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a
46:29 loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst
46:32 of heaven, Come and gather together for the supper
46:37 of the great God; That you may eat the flesh of kings,
46:42 the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of
46:46 horses, and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all
46:49 people, free and slave, both small and great.
46:54 Is that scene in that little valley going to be repeated
46:57 again on a worldwide scale?
46:59 It most certainly is.
47:01 And the enemy, Satan, will be finally, and definitively
47:07 destroyed. Now I want to dwell on one aspect before we
47:14 draw this to a close.
47:15 You say, okay, fine Pastor.
47:18 There's a parallel between David, and Jesus, and Goliath,
47:22 and Satan. You know, Jesus fulfills every specification.
47:26 You know how he's sent by his father.
47:27 He's the good shepherd.
47:28 He's the king of Israel.
47:30 He takes the place of the first king, who lost his position
47:32 because of disobedience.
47:34 He was born in Bethlehem, Ephrata.
47:35 The battle lasted forty days.
47:37 All fine and dandy, but how does that effect me?
47:41 What difference does it make?
47:43 Well, the fact is folks, that the victory that David won over
47:49 Goliath, in the name of thee Lord; and the victory that Jesus
47:55 won over Satan in the name of His Father; is the same victory
48:00 that every single one of us can win as well,
48:04 in the name of the Lord.
48:05 Now allow me to amplify that just a little bit.
48:09 Go with me to 2 Corinthians 10: 3, 4, 2 Corinthians 10:3, 4.
48:17 Do we have weapons today that we need to fight the war with?
48:22 You notice we sang two war hymns?
48:25 Onward Christian Soldiers, that old classic, which we hardly
48:29 ever sing anymore.
48:31 I don't know why. Or Sound the Battle Cry.
48:34 You know, we're in a war, are we not?
48:36 Now notice 2 Corinthians 10: 3, 4.
48:44 Here we find these words: For though we walk in the flesh...
48:51 That is as human beings.
48:53 ...we do not war according to the flesh:...
48:56 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal,...
48:59 That means that they're not human.
49:01 They're not like the armor that Saul put on David.
49:06 ...but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
49:11 Do we have access to mighty weapons?
49:13 What do you think? According to this, Yes.
49:16 Now what is the mightiest weapon that we have today?
49:19 It's the same weapon that David had,
49:23 and that is the name of the Lord.
49:27 Do you remember in Acts 4 when John and Peter
49:33 went to the temple and they found this paralytic,
49:39 and they healed him; they restored his legs?
49:43 The religious leaders came to them and said, By whose
49:49 authority, or in whose name have you done this?
49:53 What is the name to be identified with?
49:56 The name is to be identified with the authority.
50:02 That means that when Peter and John, or any of the apostles,
50:06 invoked the name of Jesus, immediately they have the
50:11 authority of Jesus.
50:16 Can we do that today?
50:17 How about when we're tempted with smoking, or with drugs?
50:22 How about when we're tempted to lose our temper?
50:24 Is there still power?
50:31 Do you believe so?
50:32 How? In the name of Jesus!
50:36 We can rebuke the destroyer.
50:40 We can tell the devil, weren't you the one who lost at the
50:43 cross? Well, I invoke the name of the One who defeated you.
50:49 So that His victory back there becomes my victory now.
50:54 In fact, in John 14:13, 14, Jesus says, Anything that you
50:59 ask in My name, I will do it.
51:04 What does anything mean?
51:07 Now that doesn't mean that if you ask for a brand new Cadillac
51:10 He's going to give it to you.
51:11 What it means is in your spiritual battles anything
51:18 that you ask Jesus for, in His name, He will perform it.
51:22 Because you can invoke His authority.
51:25 In other words, when I was going to school, just to give you an
51:31 example, in South America when I was in primary school.
51:33 You know, the Lord never blessed me with a brother.
51:36 He blessed me with three sisters.
51:40 And, you know, sometimes some of the older kids
51:44 would come and pick on me.
51:45 I didn't have any defense against them.
51:48 But they had other kids whom they picked on
51:51 who had older brothers.
51:52 And when they picked on them, the little guy would say,
51:58 You know what? I'm too small for you.
52:01 I can't defeat you.
52:04 But if you don't leave me alone I'll tell my brother, and he'll
52:10 take care of you, because he's bigger than you are.
52:12 Do we have a brother?
52:15 Do we have a bigger brother?
52:17 So don't let yourself be intimidated by the devil,
52:21 who comes and tries to discourage you.
52:26 No! We have the name of Jesus!
52:29 And in that name of Jesus we can gain victories.
52:32 When we're tempted, at that very moment we should say,
52:37 devil, you were defeated at the cross.
52:40 I invoke the authority, in the name of Jesus,
52:43 to give me the victory.
52:44 And the Bible says that the devil must flee.
52:48 It is written that he must leave.
52:51 But we don't invoke the name of Jesus.
52:53 We don't invoke the authority of Christ.
52:56 You see, we have power of attorney.
53:07 Let me ask you, when an attorney officially represents me,
53:12 can he use my name, and it's as if I'm the person there?
53:16 Yes. In other words, when he comes before the judge
53:20 in my name, the judge doesn't say, Well, where is Steve Bohr?
53:24 The judge says, Oh, okay, you're coming representing
53:29 Steve Bohr. So he's taking my name and he has my authority.
53:33 That's the way it is with Jesus.
53:36 See, when I come before the devil, I have power of attorney.
53:41 Because I can invoke the name of Jesus, and it's as if Jesus
53:49 is there. In fact, He is there.
53:50 Not in person, but His authority is there.
53:54 Because invoking His name, I am invoking His authority.
53:58 Jesus is kind of like the great cosigner.
54:02 I remember the first time that I went to buy a stereo,
54:06 they used to call them back then.
54:07 It was a Magnavox.
54:09 Oh, have mercy, that's ancient, you say.
54:12 It was a real nice one, you know.
54:14 It had a big cabinet, you know.
54:18 The cabinet was actually more beautiful than the stereo.
54:21 But it was something like $350.00, and I kept it for
54:27 many, many years. And when I first went to the store,
54:31 you know, I told him I wanted to buy this.
54:34 He said, well, what are you going to pay with?
54:37 I said, well I want credit.
54:39 He said, okay, do you have any credit history?
54:42 I said, no, first time.
54:44 And he says, well, you know, we can't let you have this
54:49 on credit if you don't have any credit history.
54:51 I said, well, you know, if you don't have any credit history,
54:55 how do you establish a credit history?
54:56 Have you had that problem before?
54:58 I said, you know, I want to buy this stereo.
55:01 I have to start somewhere.
55:03 Why don't you just trust me?
55:07 He said, no, no, we can't do that, we can't do that.
55:10 So I said, what can I do?
55:11 He says well, there's one thing you can do.
55:13 Do you have anybody who will cosign for you?
55:17 Someone who's name has value.
55:20 He didn't say it like that, but that's what he meant.
55:23 And so I said, well, there's my father.
55:26 And I was hoping that my dad would cosign.
55:28 And so I went home and I said, Dad, you know,
55:31 they won't accept my name, because I don't have any credit
55:35 history. Would you cosign for me?
55:38 He said, Yes, I will cosign for you.
55:40 So he comes to the store, and I'm very proud because I have
55:43 my cosigner now. And I say, here, I brought my cosigner.
55:48 And they checked his history, his credit history,
55:50 and he said, Yes, this man's name counts,
55:55 because he's got a good credit history.
55:57 And so my Dad signed, and I took the stereo home.
56:02 Do you know, that's the way it works today.
56:04 Jesus is our cosigner.
56:08 Our signature is worthless.
56:10 Our facing Satan is worthless, because we have no power.
56:14 We can't say, I rebuke you.
56:16 The devil's going to say, who are you?
56:20 But if I say, when I'm tempted; it could be food,
56:24 it could be drugs, it could be alcohol, it could be cigarettes,
56:28 it could be women, or men, it could be clothing,
56:32 whatever it is. If when the devil comes to me, and he tempts
56:37 me, at that very moment I say, I have no power against you.
56:41 But He who overcame you, who defeated you, is alive and well
56:46 today, and I invoke His name.
56:50 The devil must flee.
56:53 But we don't invoke His name because we're weak,
56:56 because we don't have any willpower.
56:58 You see, the victory that Jesus won can be our victory today.
57:04 And it's only a matter of time until Jesus finishes off
57:11 the job that He started at Calvary,
57:14 because the devil is a wounded foe.
57:17 He's like a roaring lion.
57:19 He's a wounded lion.
57:21 Because he knows that his time is short.
57:23 How about if we claim the name of Jesus,
57:26 and win victory after victory?


Revised 2014-12-17