II Samuel 21:17 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah succoured him, and smote the Philistine, and killed him. Then the men of David sware unto him, saying, Thou shalt go no more out with us to battle, that thou quench not the light of Israel.
David is quite a bit older nowe. He has fought in many battles. He was the first giant killer of his generation. Now a giant sees him and is determined to kill him. David is tired. When the giant approaches to make his play, David’s nephew and one of his mighty men, steps forward and kills the giant.
There is a lot to be seen here. Once David had set the pattern many men were able to follow. Another is that the men had each other’s back. When David was in trouble his nephew and mighty man saw it and came to his rescue.
We should set the example so others can learn to follow. We should train others. We should work together. We should have each other’s back!
Prepared to Pay the Price
Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
As Paul moves on to the next town he confirms the souls. Makes sure that they know that they are saved and serving Jesus. He encourages them to continue in the faith. He warns them that they will have to endure tribulation. Things are not going to be easy if you are going to serve Jesus.
I don’t think that is standard rhetoric in our churches today. I would dare say that we tend to emphasize that if you get saved and serve Jesus things will go better for you! I wonder how many would want to follow Jesus if they were told that they will have to endure much tribulation.
Instead of a prosperity gospel here it seems to be a suffering gospel. Are we willing to live this? Are we willing to teach this?