by Daniel Rodgers

When the Armor Doesn't Fit
Dan Rodgers
I Samuel 17:38, 39
July 13, 2003


1. Last Sunday Brad brought an excellent Sunday school lesson on the courage of David. His lesson had to do with one of the names of God, Jehovah-Sabbaoth, which means, "The Lord of Hosts."

a. We learned how that David's victory was really God's victory. Goliath fought with brute strength and dominated his opponents with his enormous size, but David - a little 15-year old shepherd boy, fought with the power of God behind him. David said to Goliath in (vs.45), "Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied."

2. As I was following along in our lesson, Brad touched on the armor of Saul and how Saul had offered to let David use his armor. David had never used Saul's armor before, and besides, it was too big for him. Saul was a big man, and David was a young teenager.

a. In Bible times armor was much like a man's suit is today - in the sense of it being measured and tailored to fit only one person.

ILLUS: On Monday, my little grandson, Bryce, spent the night with us. That evening, after I came home from the office, I sat down to relax in my big easy chair. I had taken off my shoes and placed them beside my chair. Bryce came over to where I was sitting, noticed my shoes, and put them on. It was a funny sight...watching him, as he tried to walk in shoes that were too big for him.

3. Here's the comparison: As my shoes were too big for Bryce, so Saul's amour was too big for David. It was not possible for David to use Saul's armor to fight his battle.

a. Here's an important lesson: A child of God cannot wear another man's armor. It must be his own armor, and it must be armor that has been proven. David said to King Saul, "I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him" (vs. 39).

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