[June 15]
And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give you into our hands. I Samuel 17:47
WHAT lesson can the "New Creation" of the present time draw from this story of olden time? David, whose name signifies beloved, in many respects typified The Christ, Head and body. His experience with Goliath illustrates well, first of all our Lord's conflict with the Adversary during the forty days' temptation in the wilderness. Our Lord's victory over Satan on that occasion, his loyalty to the Father and the work entrusted to him, his own self-sacrifice, meant the victory for all the world of mankind desirous of being in harmony with God and his arrangements. Did he not declare to us, "Fear not, I have overcome the world"? In overcoming Satan, the prince of this world, he was gaining at the same time a victory over all the hosts of evil and servants of sin. He stood faithful to God and to his covenant relationship and responsibility and hurled at the Adversary the pebble of truth, "It is written." As Goliath fell before David, so Satan was vanquished by our Lord, who declared, "I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven," and declared also as a result of his victory, "All power is given me in heaven and in earth," and sent forth his disciples in his name similarly to battle in his strength and to come off conquerors and to ultimately share with him in his kingdom, which is to "bless all the families of the earth." Z'08-233 R4216:4(Hymn App. G)