2 Samuel 5:3-7, 10 (Amp) So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and King David made a covenant with them [there] before the Lord, and they anointed [him] king over Israel. David was thirty years old when he began his forty-year reign. In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty-three years over all Israel and Judah. And the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, who said to David, You shall not enter here, for the blind and the lame will prevent (stop) you; they thought, David cannot come in here. Nevertheless, David took the stronghold of Zion, that is, the City of David… David became greater and greater, for the Lord God of hosts was with him.
If David had never dealt with Goliath, or the taunts of one man, how could he have ever dealt with the taunts of an entire city?
1) How have I dealt with opposition in my life? (Taunts)
Proverbs 21:22 (Amp) A wise man scales the city walls of the mighty and brings down the stronghold in which they trust.
A wise man sees the obstacle in front of him, a wise man considers the strategy of the enemy, and he plans the engagement carefully.
The enemy trusts in his walls, the same walls that supposedly are keeping you out, are holding him in. He’s trapped in what he thinks is his salvation all the while hiding behind deaf, dumb, lame and blind gods.
If you are always trying to accomplish things on your own, and using your own means, power and provision, then the enemy sees you as an easy kill. In fact he sees you as such an easy opponent that the blind and the lame, could keep you from getting that which has been promised to you.
Judges 1:21(NKJ) But the children of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites who inhabited Jerusalem; so the Jebusites dwell with the children of Benjamin in Jerusalem to this day.
At one time Jerusalem had been a conquest of the tribe of Benjamin, but they allowed the Jebusites to dwell among them. And eventually the Jebusites took over the city.
How many times in our attempts to manage our troubles do we eventually get to the point where our troubles overtake us? Little problems and sins that we fail to completely surrender, now taunt us every time we perceive to confront them.
Strongs: 2982 Yebuwc (yeb-oos’); from 947; trodden, i.e. Threshing-place;
947 buwc (boos); a primitive root; to trample (literally or figuratively): KJV– loath, tread (down, under [foot]), be polluted.
Trample: to tread heavily, or to tread heavily on something or somebody so as to cause damage or injury.
Trample: to behave in an insulting contemptuous way or to treat somebody in a hurtful insulting way
Pollute: Corrupt or Defile: to make somebody morally or spiritually impure.
Pollute: Desecrate: to violate the sacred nature of a holy place. (Encarta Dictionary)
Those very people whom the tribe of Benjamin allowed to live and dwell among them ended up taking over, they became a reproach. The possession of peace became a threshing place.
The promise of God became polluted, desecrated, this strategic location, this central city, this city on a hill, became a place where its inhabitants worshipped blind and lame gods, (idols) and they didn’t even dispute that. They didn’t hide that fact they trusted in their walls.
2) If you were David, what would you be prepared to do?
• Turn back and come another time?
• Be so twisted by the taunts that you lose your cool and make a mistake?
• Question God?
Or Would You…
• Prepare to take your city!
• Prepare to get what’s promised!
• Prepare to fight with valor.
The Jebusites have taken the city and have fortified themselves in it, and if you weren’t a threat they wouldn’t be looking for you to come.
They glory in their walled fortress. But the Bible says:
Proverbs 18:10 (NKJ) The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
The very name of our Lord should be a fortress to me.
Romans 10:13 (NKJ) For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
They glory in their advantage, but the Bible says:
Hebrews 13:6 (Amp) So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm [I will not fear or dread or be terrified]. What can man do to Me?
Psalm 27:1 (Amp) The Lord is my Light and my Salvation—whom shall I fear or dread? The Lord is the Refuge and Stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalm 118:6 (Amp) The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
They glory in their pride and strength. But the Bible says:
Psalm 56:9 (ESV) Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call. This I know, that God is for me.
Romans 8:31 (ESV) then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
• I’m not taking that city alone
• I’m not facing this difficulty alone
• I’m not dealing with this obstacle alone
3) Who is my fortress, pride and strength?
Rescue me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the grasp of the unrighteous and ruthless man. For You are my hope; O Lord God, You are my trust from my youth and the source of my confidence. Upon You have I leaned (stability) and relied from birth; You are He Who took me from my mother’s womb and You have been my benefactor from that day. My praise is continually of You. I am as a wonder and surprise to many, but You are my strong refuge. My mouth shall be filled with Your praise and with Your honor all the day. (Psalm 71:4-8 AMP)
I look up to the mountains; does my strength come from mountains? No, my strength comes from God, who made heaven, and earth, and mountains. (Psalm 121:1, 2 MSG)
4) Have I considered who I surround myself with?
Because even the blind and the lame could keep me out. If you let them!!!
If I surround myself with people of no vision, and no walk!
Ah ha! There’s the catch!
Who are your companions?
• Those who have no vision.
• Those who can’t walk.
• Keep me from my destiny.
2 Samuel 5:7 (TLB) But David and his troops defeated them and captured the stronghold of Zion, now called the City of David.
Father God, help us to righteously deal with opposition and taunts, enable us to stand up and do something, because we know that it is not in our strength and sufficiency that we move on, and finally help us to be discerning when choosing our companions, because your Word says a companion of fools suffers harm.
And ps. Lord may your Word work mightily in the lives of every reader in Jesus’ Precious name. Amen.