1 Sam 1711+24 11 ”heard the philistine”, 24 “saw the man”.
We are told in v.11 that as Saul and all Israel (including David’s brothers) “heard the Philistine” they were greatly afraid. They had listened with their natural ears. Similarly in v.24 “when they “saw the man” they fled in great fear. Again they had seen with their natural eyes. It was all in unbelief and fear.
However, David saw and heard it differently. He had a different response as he looked beyond the natural with its limitations and saw the possibility for the living God to win the victory. It was with the eyes and ears of a man after God’s heart (Acts 1322) – the spiritual man.
As mentioned previously there are 3 categories of people in this chapter. Here are some of their characteristics:-
|Fleshly family||Natural family||Spiritual family|
|Looked at himself||Looked at Goliath||Looked to God|
David looked beyond his limitations and his natural ability. He preferred to hear what God said rather than what man said. He believed in a God who supplied what was needed. A God who will meet the need at the time it is required.
1 Corinthians 214 Points out that the natural man receives not the things of God. Which means the spiritual man does.
1 John 215 This tells us not to love the world or the things in the world. This means we can have the love of the Father in us.