Friday of the First Week of Lent

Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 17:40-51

Daily Lectionary: Genesis 13:1-18; Mark 5:1-20

Therefore David ran and stood over the Philistine, took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it. And when the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled. (1 Samuel 17:51)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. They never tell THAT part of the story in Sunday School–how David, after he knocked down Goliath with the sling stone then cut off his head! Why so gruesome? It’s a picture of God’s enemies. There’s no nice treatment for God’s enemies. They are utterly defeated.

Goliath kept the Israelites trembling in their sandals until David came and took him down. Just so, sin, death and the devil would keep us cowering in fear, despair and unbelief–unable to rescue ourselves. So we need a David to fight for us. That’s Jesus, the Son of David. He comes to take down the Goliath of sin, death and the devil. He comes to fight for us and knock down our enemies.

On Calvary, Jesus let loose the sling of His salvation right into the devil’s forehead. When He comes again in glory, the devil and his unholy angels and even death itself will all be cast away eternally. The final death blow! The five smooth stones of David used to take down Goliath remind us of the five wounds of Jesus (hands, feet and side) by which our enemies are taken down.

The devil likes to come and mock us still, as Goliath did. He likes to taunt us and tell us we’re no Christians–that we can’t be children of God, because of our sins. So our Lord stands among us again to fire those deadly stones of His Word and Sacrament: Holy Baptism, Absolution, preaching, Body and Blood which take down the enemies who want to laugh at you. But the last laugh is on them because your Savior has taken them down.

Lent is about the battle that Jesus fights for you. Where we could do nothing but cower and fear, the Lord has stepped up and saved you from your enemies. Booyah! In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

No strength of ours can match his might/. We would be lost, rejected. But now a champion comes to fight, Whom God Himself elected. You ask who this may be? The Lord of hosts is He, Christ Jesus, mighty Lord, God’s only Son, adored. He holds the field victorious. (A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, LSB 657:2)

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