The Tabernacle is a group of imperfect people desiring to be changed by the love & grace of a perfect God. We gather on Sundays to worship Jesus, then scatter to our communities as missionaries throughout the week.
Steadfast Love - Audio
Actions in this life echo in eternity, and there is only a sliver between us and death. Ultimately, all that matters is where our supreme allegiance lies, and how we've responded to the love of God.
Saul is in a rage and David is on the run. David finds Jonathan and tells him that Saul’s determined to kill him. Jonathan devises a plan to find out if this is true so he can warn David. Jonathan promises to warn David about his father’s plans, and both men make a sacred vow to be loyal to each other, whatever the cost. As it turns out David was right and the two friends bid each other a tearful and gut-wrenching farewell, renewing their covenant of friendship before David goes into exile. We see three remarkable things from the story that relate directly to Jesus and the Gospel in our lives. First, David’s desperate, life-or-death circumstances conveyed a sense of urgency. Secondly the fierce and loyal love of David and Jonathon exemplifies the steadfast love of God (hesed) towards us. Last we see Jonathon’s supreme allegiance to God’s anointed, as he sacrifices his claim to the throne and forsakes his own father. Jesus came to rescue us with a sense of urgency, he is the incarnation of hesed, and demands our supreme allegiance.
War Again - Audio
Life is a battle whether you are a Christian or not, with people and things battling for supremacy in our hearts. The only question is who or what will win the war for the throne?
Spirit-filled David is a threat to spirit-less Saul who makes four more attempts on David’s life. The first is thwarted by Jonathon, the second by David’s quick feet, the third with Michal’s help, and finally the Spirit intervenes supernaturally at Naioth. The chapter ends with Saul stripped naked, prophesying, and he’s clearly unfit to be king. Saul’s murderous actions are a response to the threat God poses to his throne. Saul’s rejection of David (God’s anointed) is in reality a rejection of God Himself. Saul wants control and nothing will stand in his way. Just like Saul, God is a threat to my throne. Our hearts are idol-factories, and self-worship is at the core. We want to sit on the throne of our own hearts and lives, and God’s dominion is a threat. When we reject God for salvation, or reject his will, purposes, and commands, we are no different than Saul, and will stop at nothing to retain control. The only antidote is surrender and submission to God, who’s throne cannot be thwarted anyway.
True Friendship - Audio
The dust has settled from the David and Goliath showdown, and we begin to see allegiances shift in Israel. They begin celebrating their new champion, and Saul isn’t happy about it.
In this chapter we see the continued theme of The Spirit of God making the difference. This time we see it in the friendship that is formed between David and Jonathan, it says “Jonathans soul was knit to David’s”. This brings to light the connection that comes when two people are submitted to the Spirit and doing life together. Then in a shift we will look at a king Saul and the conflict that is occurring upon the Spirit of God leaving him. We see fear and jealousy begin to be the driving forces to his kingship, and this leads to him attempting to kill David. We also see the people of Israel shift their allegiance to David, and a glimpse of David’s humanity begins to show.
Giant Killer - Audio
The story of an unlikely champion facing a giant enemy is the most famous duel in History. It’s not a myth or child’s fable, it’s fact. But who was the real hero?
Time passes, and the army of Israel finds itself in a standoff with an enemy army across the Valley of Elah. The Philistines send a giant to defy Israel, challenging them to send a champion to fight Goliath to the death, with the losing side forced to serve the other. The precise details in Chapter 17 lends authenticity to this historical event. David gets permission to fight the giant without untested armor, but with a Shepherd’s sling and staff. Declaring and believing that the battle is the Lord’s, he strikes the giant down and kills him. The route of the Philistines follows, and is a great victory for Israel. Goliath and the wicked Philistines defied God’s people and therefore God himself. When we refuse salvation through Christ, or grieve and quench the Holy Spirit, we are also in defiance. Defying God always leads to defeat, and ultimately to death. David was surrendered and dominated by the Spirit (16:13), and was therefore empowered and enabled to defeat Goliath. The real hero of the story is God, who deserves all the glory. Jesus is a truer and better champion then David, our hero who fearlessly stands in the gap to secure victory over Satan, sin, and death.
The Shepherd-King - Audio
God frequently chooses the most unlikely people to do his work. This is because the Lord sees differently than man, which is evidenced in the anointing of the future king, David.
God instructs Samuel to go to Bethlehem and anoint the next king, one who would be “after his own heart.” Seven impressive sons of Jesse are paraded in front of Samuel, but none are selected. David, the youngest son, has to be called in from the field and is anointed, because God looks on the heart and not as man sees. Immediately the Spirit of God rushes on David and remains upon him from that day forward. Meanwhile, the same Spirit departs from Saul who is then afflicted by a harmful spirit. Saul’s servants suggest bringing in a musician to soothe him. A period of years has passed, and an impressive young man named David is enlisted to serve Saul, advancing to become his armor bearer. As David is elevated, Saul is noticeably declining. It is the presence or absence of Spirit of God that makes the difference. The entire story foreshadows the greatest King Jesus, who would also come from Bethlehem to be the savior of his people.
Half Measures - Audio
Obeying God is for His glory and our good. But many of us are only willing to obey on our terms, choosing to obey the commands we like and ignoring those we don’t.
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