This past Friday I was able to substitute for Pastor Steve Scibelli, teaching the Life of David Bible college class while he was in Togo Africa. Pastor Luigi Palmieri was also able to travel there with him. The subject of the class was the Life of David as a Shepherd, a Pastor.
We said the first thing we see about David is that he was a Shepherd not even considered when Samuel was sent to Bethlehem to anoint the next king of Israel, the one who would replace Saul, the disobedient first king. We said that all of David’s brothers had time to prepare themselves to stand before the prophet. Showered, best clothes, perfumes, jewelry — whatever else they figured would impress Samuel. God told His man not to look at the outward appearance, but look as God looks, upon the heart. David had no time to prepare but was brought straight from the sheep to stand before Samuel and he got anointed with oil. He was dirty, smelly, young, and now was covered with oil and sent right back to be with the sheep.
Season of Preparation
It took 22 years for David to become king after he was anointed. In the meantime, he went from shepherding sheep in 1 Samuel 16, to shepherding people in 1 Samuel 22 — 400 of them. These were men nobody else wanted. It grew to 600 men that no one wanted but David. For the next 44 years, they never left David’s side.
Looking at the Life of David, we said he was the weakest warrior on the outside in his army, but he was the strongest one on the inside. Tenderly tough. He could play a harp and sooth his enemy and also grab a lion by the beard and punch him to get the sheep out of his jaws. He could kill Goliath and yet love Mephibosheth.
The One Lamb
We said that being a shepherd/pastor is a thankless job, in that you will never please everybody. As soon as you are accused of being to soft on sin by forgiving one that everyone knows is guilty the next accusation is that you are too tough on people while protecting your flock. It is a no-win, except for the one lamb you rescued out of the lion’s mouth.
Oh, that God would give us the wisdom we need to know when to be silent and tender and when to rise up and fight for the truth and a soul.
“He shall feed His flock like a shepherd; He shall gather the lambs with His arm and carry them in His bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young” (Isaiah 40: 11).God give us the wisdom we need to know when to be silent and tender and when to rise up and fight. Click To Tweet
Pastor Duane George