Developing A Covenant Mentality
By William Handschumacher
Rock of Offence Special Commentary
A primary characteristic of a person who understands covenant is their boldness. When Christians who are luke-warm or indifferent encounter someone who has faith established upon the blood covenant of Jesus Christ, the first reaction is to brand them as fanatical and egotistical. Ego is the world's counterfeit of covenant faith. Remember that counterfeits are "look-alikes." If you place these two mind-sets side by side, they look nearly identical. However, ego is based upon what "I" can do ... and authentic Bible faith is based upon what "God" has already done. One is "self" centered and the other is "God" centered.
The religious community often accuses people of faith of lacking humility. Webster's dictionary describes humility as a lack of SELF-assertiveness. A Christian who has Biblical humility has replaced self-assertiveness with GOD-assertiveness. This type of person may appear on the surface to be just the opposite of what the world might call "humble." His assertiveness, however, does not come from self. It comes from God's Holy Spirit and can be very aggressive at times. A Biblically humble person never forgets that what he is came as an undeserved gift from God. A Christian with true humility is more caught up with who he is "in Christ" than who he is "without Christ."
The best example of this mentality is observed in the Old Testament example of David and Goliath. David was a faith-filled, covenant minded young man. Although you may have heard the story many times, we need to see the hidden lesson in this example from I Samuel chapter 17.
Saul was king and had reached an impasse in his struggle with the Philistines. Goliath of Gath, who had a height of six cubits and a span, stood in the way of Saul's victory. This "champion" of the Philistines possessed a bronze helmet, a coat of mail that weighed five thousand shekels of bronze, bronze armor on his legs, a bronze spear having an iron spearhead that weighed six hundred shekels and a shield-bearer that went before him. In other words, this guy was fearsome! Goliath was so intimidating that the Bible says in verse 11 that Saul and all of Israel were dismayed and greatly afraid of him. Remember that these were military men. Goliath would come out and defy the armies of Israel saying "give me a man, that we might fight together." The deal was that if Goliath won the fight, Israel would become the Philistine's servants. No one, even king Saul, had the courage to take on Goliath.
Something happened, however, that changes this whole situation. A young shepherd boy, approximately 16 years old, arrives on the scene. There's really nothing special about this boy named David except that he knows God and understands covenant. The Bible called David "a man after God's own heart." For forty days Goliath presented himself morning and evening saying words that defied the armies of Israel. When David heard the words of Goliath, something went off inside him. David declared to those around him, "For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?" As a result, David was called before King Saul. David told Saul, "Let no man's heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine." David went on to say, "Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God." David declared, "The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, He will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine." Saul tried to persuade David not to go but finally agreed saying, "Go, and the Lord be with you."
In verse 42, Goliath sees David and
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