The story of David is often times associated with our own life. We like to look at David and his battle with Goliath and apply it to our own struggles.
However, with proper reading of Scripture, we can discover that David is actually a messianic figure in the Old Testament. He was the one God had chosen to redeem and lead the people of Israel. He was the leader they needed at that time to give them an idea of what they should be looking for when the true Messiah came into the world.
So, in light of seeing David as the messianic figure for God’s people, we have to read his entire story from that viewpoint.
As we look at David’s humble beginnings of being a shepherd called by God to be the king of the Israelites we see an unexpected leader rise up from the fields. He comes to the aid of the soldiers quivering in fear and declares the strength of the Lord to beat the giant Goliath!
When he shows up on the scene, King Saul is in place. He is hiding in fear, trying to figure out how he would survive, let alone the people he was ruling over. Then, a young shepherd boy walks into his tent and shared with confidence that he would kill the giant.
After a short pause, Saul decides to give this little shepherd boy a chance. However, before he would allow David to do any work, Saul called for his armor and asked his servants to place the armor on David. They discovered the armor was too big.
David stood there swimming in the armor. It was huge. He could have gone out and fought with the armor Saul felt he needed, but David was wise enough to step into the battle in the strength God gave him accomplish the task. He didn’t need to be dressed by someone else because he was already dressed in the armor of his Creator.
He did the unthinkable and killed the giant while the other “warriors” were watching with doubt and fear.
When Jesus came into the world, He experienced the same thing. He came as the king, but born in a humble way. The religious leaders and Hebrew people were waiting for a warrior king to be given to them as their Messiah. They expected the Messiah to come on the scene and overturn the government system, free the people from captivity, and give them their rightful place in the land.
When Christ was revealed as the Messiah it threw every image of what they thought He would be out the window. Yes, He turned over a system, but it was a religious system that was oppressing more than uplifting. Yes, He did free people from captivity, but it was freedom from oppression and the religious establishment. Yes, He did give His people their rightful place, but it was in eternity, not the land they were in.
Everyone had dressed the Messiah in their own armor and Jesus did not fit in what they were putting Him in. In every way Jesus was too big for the armor they put Him in. They tried to confine their Messiah to a certain image and Christ did not conform to any of their images.
We can be this way too!
We have tried to have Jesus fit our armor. We tell Jesus what we want Him to do and how we want Him to work, but He will not fit our limited perspective and break through our mold.
We cannot expect God to fit in our image, but allow God to shape His image in and through us.
Jesus is bigger than what we make Him. His forgiveness is larger than what we allow. We place limits on who and what He will forgive, but He doesn’t fit that limit. We try to think know who He can work through, but His work is beyond us.
We need to quit trying to place our armor on our Messiah. We need to read His words and watch Him work with the authority He has been given through His Father.
May we remove the image we place on Christ and find the image He has given us through scripture. May we recognize the false armor we have tried to fit Jesus into and allow Him to show us His full authority.
Peace and blessings friends.
QUESTION: What have you placed on the image of Christ that doesn’t fit with the image we find in scripture?