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2nd Samuel – Weariness & Strength in the Kingdom: David’s Last Fight

This week’s preaching comes from2 Samuel 21:15-22. This is the second story of six found in the epilogue at the end of the book of Samuel. In this rather sad picture of mighty David, now weary in his older years, we will find the old warrior needs a little help. Six fingered men and giants from our old pals the Philistines are at it again. David and his mighty men are the tools of our Lord in silencing the foes of Yahweh God – it never goes well for those who accuse the Lord’s people and mock the One True God. In these brief and seemingly dry battle reports, we learn some very timely truths about weariness, aging, isolating ourselves, spiritual drift, and vital importance of being part of the church. We have a collective ministry to one another. Here’s the outline:

  1. The Aging King and the Same Old Enemies
    1. Fixing the story in time
    2. Remember those Philistines?
    3. Taking the Car Keys from Grandpa
  2. Silencing the Giants
    1. Text Troubles
    2. No need for doubt
  3. Kingdom Victory in Strength and Weakness
    1. Physical weakness
    2. Spiritual Drift
    3. Why you need the church
    4. Collective gifts
    5. It’s Christ’s Way

Public reading: Ephesians 4:1-16; Benediction: Philippians 4:7

2 Samuel 21:15-22

15 There was war again between the Philistines and Israel, and David went down together with his servants, and they fought against the Philistines. And David grew weary. 16 And Ishbi-benob, one of the descendants of the giants, whose spear weighed three hundred shekels of bronze, and who was armed with a new sword, thought to kill David. 17 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah came to his aid and attacked the Philistine and killed him. Then David’s men swore to him, “You shall no longer go out with us to battle, lest you quench the lamp of Israel.”

18 After this there was again war with the Philistines at Gob. Then Sibbecai the Hushathite struck down Saph, who was one of the descendants of the giants. 19 And there was again war with the Philistines at Gob, and Elhanan the son of Jaare-oregim, the Bethlehemite, struck down Goliath the Gittite, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam. 20 And there was again war at Gath, where there was a man of great stature, who had six fingers on each hand, and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in number, and he also was descended from the giants. 21 And when he taunted Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimei, David’s brother, struck him down. 22 These four were descended from the giants in Gath, and they fell by the hand of David and by the hand of his servants. (ESV)

Ephesians 4:1-16

4:1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it says,

“When he ascended on high he led a host of captives,
and he gave gifts to men.”

(In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? 10 He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. (ESV)

Philippians 4:7

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (ESV)