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What's in a Name Part Nine

By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted March 11, 2015

RELIGION – We live in a world of bullies. We always have. Technology has made bullying all the more evil! When I was in school not that long ago, the hurt inflected was limited to a beating or being bad mouthed by classmates. While this was far from pleasant, bullying today, via social media, makes it possible to inflect permanent harm on someone’s reputation with a simple click of the mouse. The bullying among girls is now an epidemic. Young girls viciously tear down each other to the point where girls change schools to avoid the vitriol of the bully.

One of the most famous bullies in the history of the world was Goliath. He was huge, insanely huge! The whole army of Israel was scared to fight him. But there was a young shepherd named David who wasn’t afraid. He was angry! Angry that Goliath would make fun of the armies of God! He was angry that a giant with a giant sword looked so big and scary to God’s people. Angry that God’s name was treated badly.

So David the boy faced Goliath the giant with these words: You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. (1 Samuel 17:45)

David saw the big giant and his strong army, but he also saw something even bigger. David saw the bigness of God, who is bigger than any giant, stronger than any enemy, greater than any army. David knew that God is Yahweh-Sabaoth, the LORD of Hosts. A “host” is an army. Our God has armies and armies of angels—that He can send to fight for His people and for His glory.
Angels are messengers. They tell people God’s news, like “Jesus is born!,” “Abram, your wife will have a baby!,” and “Joseph, go to Egypt with Mary and Jesus.” They are not cute as they appear in artwork. When you encounter an angel in the Bible you are floored in fear! Angels are also fighters. They are big, strong, fierce warriors who serve at the pleasure and will of God.
God is Yahweh-Sabaoth, the LORD of Hosts. Yahweh-Sabaoth, the LORD of armies and armies and armies of mighty angels, sends His mighty angels to help His people: “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. (Psalm 91:11)

You see I never worried much about bullies growing up, not because I myself was a tough guy, but I rolled with a bunch of tough guys. They had my back. If it went down, they went down with me! You see no matter what you face in life, you have God at your back! God has armies of angels at His disposal that He can send to your aid.

Jesus is there at our aid, because when it went down on the cross angels did not come to His aid. His Father did not come to save. He was all alone and felt the horrors of all the abuse and the bullying of the world. No one had His back. His followers and friends had rejected and fled away from Him to save themselves. Now, Jesus has conquered death, sin, and hell and lives to forever be there for you no matter what you face in your life!

So today don’t dwell on the size of your problems, but focus on the power and the love of the Cross that will give you the strength and grace to endure and overcome all that you will face in your life!

Pastor Howle

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