Speaking of Bible study, I’m in a group currently studying the Names of God. You may be wondering, “How many names could He possibly have?” Well, A LOT! You see, Jehovah means, “The self-existent One…” but wait, there’s more! “…who wants to make Himself known.” YES! Our God wants us to know HIM! How cool is that? We can see this even in some of the names that we have been studying such as: Jehovah Jireh- He wants us to know Him as our provider; Jehovah Rapha– our healer; Jehovah Shalom– our peace; and Jehovah Sabaoth–the Lord of Hosts. This name was where we found ourselves at the last study and honestly, at first in my own study time, I could not wrap my mind around the “Hosts” part. If I’ve learned anything over the past year, it’s this: “If it’s a care, it’s a prayer.” Not understanding the Bible study that I was supposed to lead the next day was a care, so I prayed. I basically just asked the LORD-Jehovah to make Himself known to me and help me understand who He was as the Lord of Hosts. And guess what? He showed me!
When I was a kid, I was teased. I think most, if not all people, are made fun of as kids. If only I had my big brother and his friends around when they did that, they would have been sorry. The Lord of Hosts is a lot like that big brother and his friends. When we are faced with impossible odds and our backs are up against the wall, who are we gonna call? The Lord of Hosts. He’s bigger and better than a big brother, and His friends, oh, His friends are the Hosts of Heaven! People should not mess with God’s kids.
David & the Giant
One of the illustrations we looked at in our Bible Study was the true story of David and Goliath. This is your classic big (giant) bully versus skinny, little guy that couldn’t hurt a fly. But that wasn’t entirely what was going on there. It’s true, David was not a soldier, he was simply delivering food and supplies to his big brothers because they had been out on the battle field for forty days. Forty days of being taunted and insulted by this giant led the army of Israel to become weak and even accepting of their situation. Goliath blasphemed the God of Israel on a daily basis, and not one soldier of the army of Israel rose to the challenge.
This was actually good because if the challenger lost, the whole army would have to be servants of the Philistines. When David saw and heard the taunts of the giant, he got mad. He was perplexed as to why the army of Israel was not answering these threats. King Saul heard of David’s desire to do something about this enemy of Israel, so the King attempted to clothe David in his armor. But because King Saul’s armor was too big, too heavy, and untested for his specific use, David took the armor off. He then proceeded to gather five smooth stones from a nearby brook and marched right into the middle of the valley to meet Goliath, champion of the Philistines. Goliath then rattled off a thunderous, demoralizing speech that would have struck fear into the heart of any normal human. But David said, “You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, butIcometoyouinthenameofthe Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted…that all this assembly may know that the Lord does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you into our hands.” (1 Sam. 17:45 & 47)
When we run to the Lord of Hosts, we still may take the actual kill shot, but it will be by an impossible and ridiculous method (like a slingshot) so that only the LORD can get the glory.
You see, when we are outmatched, outsmarted, outmaneuvered, and just plain helpless, this is the time when we call upon the Lord of Hosts to fight this battle for us.
That’s right, this battle was never meant for YOU to fight in the first place. Don’t try to train for it, don’t ask for strength for it. You will never be equipped for this battle because it’s not yours, it’s the LORD’S!
When your back’s against the wall, who you gonna call? Jehovah Sabaoth-the LORD OF HOSTS!
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