Each morning and evening for forty days, Goliath took his stand and made his speech.
For forty days, twice a day, morning and evening*
the Philistine giant strutted before the armies of Israel.
“Who does he think he is, anyway, this uncircumcised Philistine,
taunting the armies of God-Alive?”
David Accepts the Challenge
Yet David’s BROTHER had false accusations!
The great dragon was thrown out, that ancient serpent, also known as the Devil and Satan [the Adversary], the deceiver of the whole world.
He was hurled down to the earth, and his angels were hurled down with him.
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven saying,
“Now have come God’s victory, power and kingship,
and the authority of his Messiah;
because the Accuser of our brothers,
who accuses them day and night* before God,
has been thrown out!
“They defeated him because of the Lamb’s blood
and because of the message of their witness.
Even when facing death
they did not cling to life. (Revelation 12:9-11)
Then David said, What have I now done? Is there not a **cause?
** For his father’s sending was a just occasion,
and also he felt himself inwardly moved by God’s Spirit. (1 Samuel 17:29)
Adonai is my light and salvation;
whom do I need to fear?
Adonai is the stronghold of my life;
of whom should I be afraid?
(Psalm 27:1, a Psalm of David,
A psalm of fearless trust in God.
Don’t you remember when you didn’t amount to much in your own sight,
but you were made the leader of the tribes of Israel?
Wasn’t it the Eternal One who anointed you king over them?
He changes times and seasons; He deposes kings and raises up others.
But God is the Judge; He puts down one and exalts another.
Is there not a *** cause?
David answered, “You come at me with sword and spear and battle-ax. I come at you in the name of God-of-the-Angel-Armies, the God of Israel’s troops, whom you curse and mock. This very day God is handing you over to me. I’m about to kill you, cut off your head, and serve up your body and the bodies of your Philistine buddies to the crows and coyotes. The whole earth will know that there’s an extraordinary God in Israel. And everyone gathered here will learn that God doesn’t save by means of sword or spear. The battle belongs to God—he’s handing you to us on a platter!”
Don’t owe anyone anything — except to love one another;
for whoever loves his fellow human being has fulfilled Torah.
For the commandments, “Don’t commit adultery,” “Don’t murder,” “Don’t steal,” “Don’t covet,”and any others are summed up in this one rule:
“Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Love does not do harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fullness of Torah. (Romans 13:8-10)
And who is my “neighbor?”
for CAUSE – Legal DefinitionOf an action, such as the termination of a contract or a relationship of employment, that it is based on a breach, misfeasance, or other inappropriate action of the other party.But God is calling us to step in to the GAPto build up the BREACHto be as Jesus who prayed,”Father forgive themfor they know notwhat they have done.”Not because of who I amBut because of what You’ve doneNot because of what I’ve doneBut because of who You areI am Yours(Who Am I – Casting Crowns)
***Romans, Chapter 8:
Therefore, there is no longer any condemnation awaiting
those who are in union with the Messiah Yeshua. Why?
Because the Torah of the Spirit, which produces this life in union with Messiah Yeshua,
has set me free from the “Torah” of sin and death.
For what the Torah could not do by itself,
because it lacked the power to make the old nature cooperate,
God did by sending his own Son as a human being with a nature like our own sinful one [but without sin].
God did this in order to deal with sin,
and in so doing He executed the punishment against sin in human nature,
so that the just requirement of the Torah might be fulfilled
in us who do not run our lives according to what our old nature wants
but according to what the Spirit wants.
For those who identify with their old nature set their minds on the things of the old nature, but those who identify with the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. Having one’s mind controlled by the old nature is death,
but having one’s mind controlled by the Spirit is life and shalom.
For the mind controlled by the old nature is hostile to God,
because it does not submit itself to God’s Torah — indeed, it cannot.
Thus, those who identify with their old nature cannot please God.
But you, you do not identify with your old nature but with the Spirit —
provided the Spirit of God is living inside you,
for anyone who doesn’t have the Spirit of the Messiah doesn’t belong to Him.
However, if the Messiah is in you, then, on the one hand, the body is dead because of sin; but, on the other hand, the Spirit is giving life because God considers you righteous.
And if the Spirit of the One who raised Yeshua from the dead is living in you,
then the One who raised the Messiah Yeshua from the dead
will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit living in you.
So then, brothers, we don’t owe a thing to our old nature that would require us to live according to our old nature. For if you live according to your old nature, you will certainly die; but if, by the Spirit, you keep putting to death the practices of the body, you will live.
All who are led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons.
For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to bring you back again into fear;
on the contrary, you received the Spirit,
who makes us sons and by whose power we cry out, “Abba!” (that is, “Dear Father!”).
The Spirit himself bears witness with our own spirits that we are children of God;
and if we are children,
then we are also heirs, heirs of God and joint-heirs with the Messiah —
provided we are suffering with Him in order also to be glorified with Him.
I don’t think the sufferings we are going through now
are even worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed to us in the future.
The creation waits eagerly for the sons of God to be revealed;
for the creation was made subject to frustration — not willingly,
but because of the one who subjected it.
But it was given a reliable hope that it too would be set free
from its bondage to decay and would enjoy the freedom
accompanying the glory that God’s children will have.
We know that until now, the whole creation has been groaning
as with the pains of childbirth; and not only it,
but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit,
groan inwardly as we continue waiting eagerly to be made sons —
that is, to have our whole bodies redeemed and set free.
It was in this hope that we were saved.
But if we see what we hope for, it isn’t hope — after all, who hopes for what he already sees?
But if we continue hoping for something we don’t see,
then we still wait eagerly for it, with perseverance.
Similarly, the Spirit helps us in our weakness;
for we don’t know how to pray the way we should.
But the Spirit himself pleads on our behalf with groanings too deep for words;
and the one who searches hearts knows exactly what the Spirit is thinking,
because his pleadings for God’s people accord with God’s will.
Furthermore, we know that God causes everything to work together
for the good of those who love God and are called in accordance with His purpose;
because those whom He knew in advance,
He also determined in advance would be conformed to the pattern of His Son,
so that He might be the firstborn among many brothers;
and those whom He thus determined in advance,
He also called; and those whom He called, He also caused to be considered righteous;
and those whom He caused to be considered righteous He also glorified!
What, then, are we to say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
He who did not spare even His own Son, but gave Him up on behalf of us all —
is it possible that, having given us His Son, He would not give us everything else too?
So who will bring a charge against God’s chosen people?
Certainly not God — He is the one who causes them to be considered righteous!
Who punishes them?
Certainly not the Messiah Yeshua, who died and — more than that — has been raised,
is at the right hand of God and is actually pleading on our behalf!
Who will separate us from the love of the Messiah? Trouble? Hardship? Persecution? Hunger? Poverty? Danger? War?
As the Tanakh puts it,
“For Your sake we are being put to death all day long,
we are considered sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are superconquerors, through the One who has loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor other heavenly rulers, neither what exists nor what is coming, neither powers above nor powers below,
nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God
which comes to us through the Messiah Yeshua, our Lord.
- Romans 8:36 Psalm 44:23(22)