Strengthening the Reputation of God by Bailey Smith

Strengthening the Reputation of God
Bailey Smith
I Samuel 17:4, 10, 11; 32-37

STRENGTHENING THE REPUTATION OF GOD
And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together. When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid.

And David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine. And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth. And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock. And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth. and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God. David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee.

"I hate God, I hate God, I hate him." These piercing words were spoken by a lady as she knelt over the bloodstained body of her son who fell out of her traveling automobile into the path of another. A national magazine carried the picture of this tragic accident and recorded the words of this bitter mother who put God on trial and found him guilty. God was to blame. A Jewish Rabbi speaking before a student gathering at one of the -southern universities stated, '"The Jews, I think, would be more likely to accept Christ if we thought the Christians had!" In a barber shop I heard an ugly a ...


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