“By David: Blessed is HaShem, my Rock, Who trains my hands for battle and my fingers for war. My Benefactor, my Fortress, my Stronghold, and my own Rescuer, my Shield, in Whom I take refuge, Who subjugates my nation to me.” Psalms 144:1-2
This Op may be a bit different from the previous Ops in that this one is coming from a sense of extreme urgency! A sense of seriousness and necessity!
I think we all can sense the world and the country itself is under enormous amounts of pressure and stress whether it be from weird weather, economic stressors or political and tyrannical clamp downs which have already been implemented and for those we know are soon to be established in the very near future! All of this coupled with the enemies of America who are being emboldened and drawing closer to each other, putting aside their own mutual differences and agreeing, its time to join hands and work together to remove America from the world scene once and for all! Believe me this IS happening today as I write this Op!
The war I am referring too in the title above is in reference to the coming days which could begin tomorrow or years from now, whether this war strikes each of us individually or all of us collectively, I believe it will erupt very shortly. In either case, all of us can expect very difficult days ahead. I know this is in no way encouraging or uplifting, but please hold on and bear with me! It will get more encouraging in this Op, I promise…:)
I am sure you all remember the biblical account of David and Goliath? David, a seemingly unimportant young man, small in stature and to the enemy a joke of a soldier. Goliath on the other hand was gigantic both in stature and reputation as being a fierce, undefeated warrior, the best of the best. Can we see today the people of HaShem are facing similar circumstances in that our collective enemies are fierce, powerful, intimidating and extremely confident as well as being very deadly? Well, here in this Op we will be discussing this encounter a bit deeper and see how it applies to you and I today, Baruch HaShem!! Remember, He reveals the end from the beginning!
But as always, before we can jump into this, always remember the following eternal characteristics of HaShem as they are extremely crucial to this Op:
- HaShem never changes per Num 23:19/Mal 3:6/Hebrews 13:8/James 1:17
- His Word is firmly established per Psalm 119:89
- He reveals the end out of the beginning per Is 46:10
- He does nothing without first revealing it to His prophets per Amos 3:7
- He says there is nothing new under the sun per Ecclesiastes 1:9
- He says His Torah is the ONLY truth there is per Psalms 119:142
- He says His Torah is a tree of life and eternal per Proverbs 3:18-19 and Psalm 119:160
- He says His Torah is perfect and restores the soul per Psalm 19:7
- He says His Torah makes the simple one wise per Psalm 19:7
- He says His Torah Is freedom and liberty per Psalm 119:45 and James 1:25
- He says His Torah is the only good doctrine there is Proverbs 4:2
- He says His Torah will add length of days and years of life and peace per Proverbs 3:2
- He says all of the ways of His Torah are ways of pleasantness and peace per Proverbs 3:17
- He says His Torah is for our good and well-being per Deuteronomy 6:24
- He says His Torah is health for our lives per Proverbs 3:8
- He says His Torah is life to our soul and a graceful ornament for our neck per Prov 3:22
- He says His Torah is better than pearls and all desires cannot compare to it per Prov 8:11
- He says those who walk with His Torah are praiseworthy per Psalms 119:1
- He says observing His Torah is how we purify our path per Psalms 119:9
- He says His Torah is better than thousands in gold and silver per Psalms 119:72
- He says His Torah brings abundant peace to those who love Him and His Torah per Psalms 119:165
- He says there is one Torah for all per Exodus 12:49/Leviticus 24:22
- He says those who hate His Torah love death per Proverbs 8:36
- He says His Torah is the way of faith per Psalms 119:29-30
- He says His Torah makes us wiser than our enemies per Psalms 119:98
- He says His Torah is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path per Psalms 119:105
- He says one who finds His Torah has found life per Proverbs 8:35
- He says one who finds His Torah has found favor from HaShem per Proverbs 8:35
- He says Messiah Yeshua is the GOAL of His Torah, meaning without His Torah, Messiah cannot be known per Romans 10:4
- He says if we had believed Moshe/Torah, we would have believed Messiah per John 5:46
This weeks Torah portion is ‘Shoftim’ which is found in Devarim (Deuteronomy) 16:18-21:9! It is one of the most important Torah portions we read in our annual cycle! This Torah portion HaShem establishes the authority of the Sanhedrin who judges and renders right rulings on how to walk in the Torah of HaShem. It is the legal basis for the legitimacy for the Oral Torah and why we must have the Oral Torah in our walk with HaShem.
But, more importantly, there are two commandments in this Torah portion which are the basis for this Op which I will highlight and we will explore much more in-depth as they teach and remind us of very important concepts as being the people of HaShem! Further, in my opinion, these concepts will apply to each of us especially when we are facing great difficulties in life whether that enemy is a person or a spiritual enemy. They are:
- Mitzvah #525 – The prohibition to be afraid of the enemy
- Mitzvah #526 – Anoint a Kohen for battle
Were you even aware there was a commandment by HaShem in which He commands we are NOT to be afraid of the enemy?
Mitzvah #525 – The prohibition to be afraid of the enemy is found in Devarim 20:1 which says “When you go out to the battle against your enemy, and you see horse and chariot, a people more numerous than you, you shall not fear them, for HaShem, your Elohim, is with you, Who brought you up from the land of Egypt.”
When we are faced with battling our enemies, and we see they are more powerful and equipped then we are and have access to other people and/or equipment, we naturally are going to get afraid and our human instinct is to potentially want to retreat or surrender. This commandment from HaShem, is to remind us of not only Who He is, but also who we are as His people!
An excerpt from the Book of the Mitzvot #525 tells us the underlying purpose for this commandment: “It is to teach us the concept that every person should place their trust solely in HaShem, blessed be He…!” Obviously, this is much easier said then done, but we have to always remind ourselves and each other, the One Who we belong too is the One Who will fight for us! Keep this in mind as we proceed and get to the part discussing the battle between David and Goliath.
Mitzvah #526 – The command to anoint a Kohen for battle is found in Devarim 20:2-4 which says “It shall be that when you draw near to the war, the Kohen shall approach and speak to the people. He shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel, today you are coming near to the battle against your enemies; let your heart not be faint; do not be afraid, do not panic, and do not be broken before them. For HaShem, your Elohim, is the One Who goes with you, to fight for you with your enemies, to save you.'”
This Kohen instructs Israel not to be afraid in four ways:
- Let your heart not be faint because of the neighing of the horses and the glittering of swords
- Do not be afraid of the clashing shields and the hordes of enemy soldiers
- Do not panic, from the sound of horns
- Do not be broken before them because of the enemy’s shouts
Tractate Sotah 42a from the Talmud Bavli gives us more detail of this Kohen: “With regard to the priest who was anointed for war, at the time that he would speak to the nation, he would speak to them in the sacred tongue, Hebrew, as it is stated, ‘And it shall be, when you draw near to the battle, that the priest shall approach and speak to the people’ per Deuteronomy 20:2. This priest identified in the verse is the priest anointed for war, the priest who is inaugurated specifically to serve this function. ‘And speak to the people’; he addresses them in the sacred tongue, Hebrew.”
“The priest continues: ‘Let not your heart faint; fear not, nor be alarmed, and do not be terrified of them’ per Deuteronomy 20:3. ‘Let not your heart faint due to the neighing of horses and the sharpening of the enemy’s swords. Fear not due to the knocking of shields and the noise of their boots. Nor be alarmed by the sound of trumpets. Do not be terrified due to the sound of shouts.'”
“The priest explains why the soldiers need not be terrified. ‘For the Lord your Elohim is He that goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you’ per Deuteronomy 20:4. ‘Remember that they come to war championed by flesh and blood, and you are coming championed by the Omnipresent. The Philistines came championed by Goliath. What was his end? In the end, he fell by the sword, and they fell with him. The Ammonites came championed by Shobach. What was his end? In the end, he fell by the sword, and they fell with him. But as for you, you are not so, reliant upon the strength of mortals. For the Lord your Elohim is He that goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you; this verse is referring to the camp of the Ark of the Covenant that accompanies them out to war.'”
WOW…what an amazing reminder! It is NOT us that defeats our enemies, it is HaShem, Master of Legions, Who fights for us and defeats our enemies!!
Let’s see this in action as is recorded in I Samuel 17, the battle between David and Goliath!
I Samuel 17:1-3 says “The Philistines assembled their camps for war, and assembled themselves at Socoh that is to Judah; they encamped between Socoh and Azekah, in the Ephesdammim. So Saul and the people of Israel assembled themselves, they encamped in the Terebinth Valley, and they arranged for war against the Philistines. The Philistines were standing on the mountain on one side and Israel was standing on the mountain on the other side, and the valley was between them.”
It is interesting to note, the Philistines here had just been engaged and shattered by Jonathan and Saul in I Samuel 14, and yet here they were arrayed for another war this fast against Israel. What was their reasoning to mobilize their remaining forces? Saul was at this point becoming sick and weak and as such Jewish morale was ebbing away. The Philistines saw an opportunity present itself to defeat and destroy Israel and they decided to act. Gee…does this sound somewhat familiar today in our time where the leader of a global power is frail, old, weak and as such the morale of the people is ebbing away so much so the enemies of this global power are beginning to unite and prepare to make a move to potentially defeat this global power once and for all? I digress.
I Samuel 17:4-7 says “A champion went forth from the Philistine camps, whose name was Goliath of Gath; his height was six cubits and one span (13 foot giant). He had a copper helmet on his head, and was wearing armor of mail; the weight of the armor was five thousand copper shekels (250 pounds). He had a copper shield on his legs and a copper neck guard between his shoulders. The shaft of his spear was like a weavers beam and the blade of his spear weighed six hundred iron shekels (30 pounds). The shield bearer walked before him.” No doubt Goliath was a huge and very imposing man, a very real and deadly threat to Israel and he knew it! He may have been an extremely deadly threat, but his one fatal flaw was his arrogance and pride as we will see shortly.
I Samuel 17:8-11 says “He (Goliath) stood and called out to the battalions of Israel and said to them, ‘Why are you going forth to wage war? Am I not the Philistine, while you are the servants of Saul? Choose yourselves a man and let him come down to me! If he can fight me and kill me, we will be slaves to you; and if I defeat him and kill him, you will be slaves to us and serve us.’ Then the Philistine said, ‘I have disgraced the battalions of Israel this day, saying ‘Give me a man and will fight together.’ Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, and they were terrified and greatly afraid!”
So, here is Goliath, now he is really taunting and mocking Israel, and goes so far to issue a challenge which would confine the war to just himself and whomever Israel would send forth. Whoever died, those people instantly became the slaves of the other. Problem was, now Saul and Israel were terrified of this challenge, but HaShem has a battle plan He is about to execute.
I Samuel 17:12-15 says “David was the son of a certain Ephrathite man from Beit-Lechem (i.e. House of Bread, otherwise known as Bethlehem. Remember Yeshua, a descendant of David was also born in Bethlehem….HaShem reveals the end from the beginning!) in Judah; his name was Jesse and he had eight sons. In the days of Saul, the man was old, and would come among the elders. Jesse’s three oldest sons left home and followed Saul to war. The names of his three sons who went to war were Eliab, the firstborn; the second to him, Abinadad; and the third, Shammah. But David was the youngest; just the three oldest followed Saul. David would travel back and forth from Saul’s presence to tend his father’s flocks in Beit-Lechem.” David tended the flocks of his father, just as Yeshua will tend the flocks of His Father!
I Samuel 17:16 says “The Philistine would approach the Israelite camp early morning and evening; he presented himself for forty days.” In other words, Goliath, in his pride and arrogance mocked, scoffed, challenged and taunted Israel for forty days, morning and evening! The commentary on this verse says “Goliath timed his taunts for the times when the Jewish troops would recite the Shema prayer, morning and evening. He wanted to interfere with these prayers, because one who recites the Shema merits protection from his enemies.”
I Samuel 17:17-22 says “Jesse said to his son David, ‘Please take this ephah of toasted grain and these ten loaves of bread for your brothers and hurry to the camp to your brothers, and bring these ten cheeses to the captain of the thousand. Inquire after the welfare of your brothers, and obtain a report of their welfare. Saul, they, and all the men of Israel were in the Terebinth Valley, fighting with the Philistines. David arose early in the morning, left the sheep with a watchman, and set out as Jesse had commanded him. He came to the encirclement, and the army was going forth to the battle line, shouting battle cries. Israel and the Philistines deployed, battalion facing battalion. David left the baggage that was upon him with the keeper of the baggage and ran to the line. When he arrived he inquired after the welfare of his brothers.”
I Samuel 17:23-25 says “As he was speaking to them, behold, the champion (Goliath) went forth from the Philistine battalions, Goliath the Philistine of Gath was his name, and spoke the above words, and David heard. All the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and they were very frightened. The men of Israel were saying, ‘Have you seen this man who goes forth? He goes forth to disgrace Israel! The king will enrich whoever kills him with great wealth and give his daughter to him in marriage, and he will free his father’s family from royal service in Israel.'” The wording of these verses implies that Goliath had become so emboldened and arrogant because of the Jewish cowardice, he was actually climbing the mountain the Jews were on and made his statements and taunts where the Jewish forces were quartered!
Now here is where HaShem begins to get angry and sick and tired of Goliath and his arrogant taunts!
I Samuel 17:26-27 says “David spoke to the men standing with him, saying, ‘What will be done for the man who slays this Philistine and removes disgrace from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he disgraces the battalions of the Living Elohim?’ So the people told him regarding this matter, saying, ‘Such and such shall be done for the man who kills him.'” The commentary on this says “David said these words contemptuously, ‘What right does this thug have to insult the people of HaShem!’ With this declaration David cut through the verbiage of Goliath and the silence of Israel, and went to the core of the confrontation. This was not merely a matter of tactics, as one side sought the advantage over the other; its significance was timeless and universal, for it was a challenge to Israel’s faith in HaShem. When David would win his astounding victory over the arrogant and overpowering giant, it would not simply be a matter of the weak underdog defeating the brutal mighty warrior. It would be a victory of HaShem over those who deny His sovereignty!”
I Samuel 17:28-30 says “Eliab, (David’s) older brother, heard as he was talking to the men, and Eliab became angry with David, and said, ‘Why did you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I am aware of your willfulness and your evil thoughts, that you have come down here in order to watch the fighting!’ David replied, ‘What have I done now? Was it not mere talk?’ He then turned away from him toward someone else, and said the same thing to him; and the people answered him as before.”
I Samuel 17:31-33 says “The words David was saying became heard; people related them to Saul, and he summoned David. David said to Saul, ‘Let no man lose heart because of him. Your servant will go forth and fight this Philistine!’ But Saul said to David, ‘You cannot go forth to this Philistine to fight with him, for you are a lad, while he is a warrior from his youth.'” The commentary says “David referred to the heart to allude to his reason for not fearing Goliath. Goliath’s power is in the brawn of his body, but not in the heart, which symbolizes a person’s faith in HaShem. As long as a person’s heart is firmly in tune with HaShem, he need not fear the Goliaths of the world!”
I Samuel 17:34-36 says “David said to Saul, ‘Your servant was a shepherd for his father among the flocks; the lion and the bear would come and carry off a sheep from the flock, and I would go after it, strike it down and rescue the sheep from its mouth. If it would attack me I would grab onto its beard and strike it and kill it. Your servant has slain even lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has disgraced the battalions of the Living Elohim!'” See how Yeshua is revealed here in that just as David would, He will go after and rescue every one of HaShem’s sheep who is attacked and carried off?
I Samuel 17:37-40 says “Then David said, ‘HaShem Who rescued me from the hand of the lion and from the hand of the bear, He will rescue me from this Philistine!’ So Saul said to David, ‘Go, and may HaShem be with you!’ Saul dressed David with his own battle garments; he put a copper helmet on his head and dressed him in armor. David then girded his sword over his battle garments. But he was unwilling to go forth that way, for he was not accustomed to it, so David said to Saul, ‘I cannot walk with these, for I am not accustomed to them,’ and David removed them from on himself. He took his staff in his hand and picked five smooth stones from the brook and put them in his shepherd’s bag and in the knapsack, and his slingshot was in his hand. Then he approached the Philistine!” The commentary is very interesting here. It says “There was special symbolism to David’s choice of five smooth stones. David was marching forward with the goal of avenging the honor of five: HaShem, whose Name Goliath was profaning; Aaron, whose descendants Hophni and Phineas were murdered by Goliath; and the three Patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, whose offspring Goliath was humiliating.”
Now we come to the battle itself!
I Samuel 17:41-44 says “The Philistine walked, going closer and closer to David, and the man bearing his shield was before him. The Philistine peered and saw David, and he derided him, for he was a youth, ruddy and handsome. The Philistine said to David, ‘Am I a dog that you come after me with sticks?’ And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. Then the Philistine said to David, ‘Come to me, so that I may offer your flesh to the fowl of the heavens and to the beast of the field!'”
I Samuel 17:45-47 says “David said to the Philistine, ‘You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you with the Name of HaShem, Master of Legions, the Elohim of the battalions of Israel that you have ridiculed! On this day HaShem will deliver you into my hand. I shall smite you and I will remove your head from upon you; and I shall offer the carcass of the Philistine camp this day to the fowl of the heavens and to the beast of the earth! Then the whole earth will know that there is an Elohim in Israel, and all this assembly will know that not through sword and spear does HaShem grant salvation; for unto HaShem is the battle, and He shall deliver you into our hands!'” The commentary says “Someone whose faith is total and whose thoughts are with HaShem alone, without wavering, like David, is above nature and needs no weapons!”
I Samuel 17:48-49 says “It happened that when the Philistine arose and moved closer toward David that David hurried and ran to the line, toward the Philistine. David stretched his hand into the sack. He took a stone from there and slung it, and struck the Philistine in the forehead. The stone penetrated his forehead, and he fell upon his face, upon the ground.” Here David took down Goliath with one single shot to the forehead from a great distance! Proof it was HaShem and HaShem alone Who guided the rock to strike the exact spot on Goliath’s forehead! Baruch HaShem!
I Samuel 17:50-54 says “Thus David overpowered the Philistine with the slingshot and stone, he smote the Philistine and killed him; there was no sword in David’s hand. David ran and stood by the Philistine; he took Goliath’s sword and drew it from its sheath, having already killed him, and he cut off his head with it. The Philistines saw that their hero was dead, and they ran away. The men of Israel and Judah rose up, and shouted exultantly, and pursued the Philistines up to the approach to the valley and to the gates of Ekron. Philistine corpses were strewn along the Shaaraim Road, until Gath and Ekron. Then the Children of Israel returned from pursuing Philistines and plundered their camp. David took the head of the Philistine, and eventually brought it to Jerusalem, and his weapons he put in his tent.” Notice how David kills Goliath, the Philistines panic and run in fear, Israel pursues and plunders their camp and David goes to Jerusalem after defeating Israel’s enemies! Is this not yet another picture of Yeshua marching into Jerusalem on that Yom Kippur, to defeat the False Messiah at the end of the seven year birth pangs?
The point for this Op is to see now more than ever we all, myself included, have to work harder to put our faith in HaShem for only He can not only deliver and save us, but only He can fight the war for us! Do I believe there is a real, literal, physical war we all are likely to get caught up in to erupt shortly? I very much do believe this. Just like we read in this account, Israel’s leader, Saul, became weak, frail and ill and the morale of the people began to crumble, thus Israel’s enemies knew it was the time to act.
I liken this to what we are seeing today here in America with a weak, frail and ill leader i.e. Joe Biden who is very rapidly and with devastating effect making decisions which are causing the morale of the people to crumble. Is it any coincidence that as I put this Op together our mortal enemies i.e. Russia and China and their allies are currently involved in joint military exercises for the very first time, with the target of these exercises being the United States and the goal of wiping it completely off the planet? Nope, nothing is a coincidence with HaShem!
Gee, that sounds eerily similar to what HaShem prophesied in Jeremiah 50-51 about the End of Days Babylon (United States) being suddenly and in one hour, obliterated off the planet in a sudden attack, which then gives rise for the False Messiah out of Europe and the events of the Birth Pangs to begin! Are we at that point? I do not know for certain, but clearly something is coming very, very soon that HaShem is putting the warning out to all of His people to get ready! We have to keep the example of David in our hearts and minds and remember HaShem’s commandment to not fear our enemies because He will fight the war for us! Baruch HaShem!
Much to seek HaShem about and consider!
- The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
- Tractate Sotah Talmud Bavli by Steinsaltz
- The Prophets Samuel by Artscroll
- The Book of the Mitzvot by Artscroll