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"The Kings Battle for Jerusalem"

The Kings Battle for Jerusalem
2 Samuel 5:6-10

6 And the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, who spoke to David, saying, “You shall not come in here; but the blind and the lame will repel you,” thinking, “David cannot come in here.”
7 Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion (that is, the City of David).
8 Now David said on that day, “Whoever climbs up by way of the water shaft and defeats the Jebusites (the lame and the blind, who are hated by David’s soul), he shall be chief and captain.” Therefore, they say, “The blind and the lame shall not come into the house.”

9 Then David dwelt in the stronghold, and called it the City of David. And David built all around from the Millo and inward.

10 So David went on and became great, and the Lord God of hosts was with him.

Introduction:

Today’s text is a remarkable passage laden with the language of warfare. David has been called to be King of all of Israel, but within his kingdom he has a long-time enemy who has lodged themselves in a strategic location and who refuses to surrender any ground to the new king.

David has a dilemma, he can try to rule Israel with an Enemy in his home, or he can go to war to uproot that which is anti-David and anti-God.

This enemy is an old enemy, he is an ancient foe, he has been around Gods people for a long time, and he has gained a significant stronghold in their community.

The Jebusites see themselves just as strong as the King, and they refuse to surrender or give up this territory to the new leader and ruler of the region.

Today’s text has a lot of similarities to that of the Child of God’s life. Whenever we determine to make God king of every area of our life, there is always an ancient enemy, that refuses to surrender certain territory in our hearts.

Today we can learn about our enemy, our battle, and our options as children of the most high God. So let us grow in God’s grace and make a difference in our ministries and our community for the cause of Christ.

I. David’s Decision for War
6 And the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, who spoke to David, saying, “You shall not come in here; but the blind and the lame will repel you,” thinking, “David cannot come in here.”
7 Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion (that is, the City of David).

Note:

When we come to this portion of the text, we see David make a strategic decision to rid Israel of an indwelling enemy.

His first order of business as the king of all Israel is to do away with the Canaanite influence in the land.

In the book of the law, Yahweh had commanded for the Israelites to do away with the Canaanites when they first came to the land, but in their disobedience, they allowed for them to stay and live among them. Now they were forced to live with the enemy!

However, David wants to be a King of the Law, and honor the Word of the Lord in all he says and does. So his first order of business is to get rid of his enemies, and restore obedience to the Word of the Lord.

Note:

The first thing he does in this passage is gather his men, and go up to Jerusalem to fight the Jebusites.

1. David has some men that he can count on to do warfare with him in the kingdom.
2. As King he has surrounded himself with men who want what God wants.
3. As King his military is used to honor the word of the Lord, and to uphold his covenants with Gods people.

According to the text, the Jebusites refuse to surrender to David, they declare “You shall not come in here; but the blind and the lame will repel you!”

When we come to this portion of the text we cannot over look what these Jebusites have said.
They make a military declaration that they will not surrender to David…

One Scholar in my library suggest that “David’s conquest of the Jebusites required him to deal with some daunting geographical obstacles.

1. The City that they occupied had very small walls around it but it was located on top of a finger-shaped hill that was surrounded on three sides by different valleys.
2. It was located in front of a popular spring of water called the Gihon.
3. This City was well-protected by both natural and man-made defenses that the Jebusites taunted David by saying that “even the blind and the lame can ward you off.”

I want to suggest to us today, that David was in “tall grass” with this military campaign. He had a fight on his hand. His enemy had dug themselves in and created for themselves a home that was heavily fortified.

• It was a place that was high and lifted up!
• It was surrounded by Valleys so that they could see the fight coming.
• It was also a place that they could easily defend.

And because it was situated in a high location, it became virtually impossible for anyone to enter and concur them.
It was so well protected that they thought that even the least of them, could defend their city.

David as the new king has a fight on his hands! As the new king he has just been promoted and this is his first obstacle that he has to deal with.

Question:

• Can anybody here remember the first time you tried to fight off the enemy after the lord just promoted you?

• Can you remember how difficult they were and the strong hold that they had made in your life?

• Can you recall the obstacles that were put up in front of you after the Lord raised you up and decided that He was going to do a new thing in your life?

Note:

David is here! He has an old enemy that he has got to destroy, and this enemy is dug in deep. And the obstacles before David are numerous.

1. If David is gonna conquer this City he has to have a sure made plan. He's got to have a strategy for defeating the Jebusites.

2. They are so fortified that they are sure that there is no way that David can ever reach them. In fact, by the time that David reaches them, the blind and the lame will be able to defeat him.
3. This is how confident they were about their fortified, military capabilities.

Application:

If we are all willing to tell the truth, the enemies in our lives are pretty arrogant too!

I know I have had some obstacles set up by my enemies they’ve tried to make taking them out very difficult!

Is there anybody here today that can relate to David’s obstacles this morning?

Is there anybody here that can say, that their enemies thought they couldn't win, because they had fortified themselves in places that they thought you could never get into!

Note:

• According to the text, David had a plan
• According to the text David had a strategy
• According to the text David was confident and now motivated by their words and antagonistic attitude toward him.

Observation:

7 Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion (that is, the City of David).

Here we see that the writer of the text expresses that David was victorious in this battle and that he had the determination to defeat the Jebusites…He took the stronghold!
• The stronghold was the place that was situated in front of the City!
• It was the place that the military guarded.
• It was where the armed soldier’s headquarters were.
• It was the place that defended the City from all attacks against themselves.
• The stronghold was the place that everyone trusted in!
• If anyone was to conquer them they had to go through the Stronghold!

But, according to the text, David was so focused that David took down the stronghold of the city, [he captured it in war from them]and this was the most difficult portion of the fight.

Question:

How did he do this?

1. He took the fight right to the enemy!
2. He faced him straight-up!
3. He went right into the source and over powered him!
4. He was focused on defeating the one who was an enemy to the throne.
5. He was fearless in his ministry to protect the people of God.
6. He was fierce in his resolve to do what God had told Israel to do long ago.

Observation:

This text should serve as a reminder to us, that it we want to serve God well in our lives, we too need to have this military-mentality about the enemy in our lives.
We too must be willing to uproot those things that are at war with us, and that have tried to become strongholds in our minds and hearts.
We must take the fight right into the enemy’s strong hold!

Application:

• The only way some our enemies will be defeated is we have to face them through the warfare of confession!
• We have to face them through repentance!
• We have to face them through denial and rejection!

Example:

You got to fight strongholds with power!

Enemies within our lives like pornography, pride, hatred, racism, greed, lust, jealousy, envy, backbiting, fear, substance abuse, adultery, and disappointment, must be fought with weapons like Biblical Confession!

We have to defeat them with Biblical repentance! Then by repenting and confessing we can begin to uproot these enemies out of our lives!
After we have fought with these weapons we have to have a Hard-core denial and rejection of them returning back into these spaces and places!
We have to refuse to allow them to persist! This too becomes a weapon to defeat these foes!

II. David’s Declaration in War

8 Now David said on that day, “Whoever climbs up by way of the water shaft and defeats the Jebusites (the lame and the blind, who are hated by David’s soul), he shall be chief and captain.”

Note:

When we arrive at this portion of the text, David reveals to us his military strategy for defeating the Jebusites!

He was going to use a source that they had not considered when they built this City high and lifted up!

1. David looked at the structure of the city, and the lay of the Land and observed that the Jebusites had a water shaft on the outside of the City instead of on the inside.

2. The shaft was constructed so that water could be pumped into the City from the River Gihon. However, when they built it they left it unguarded and unmanned from a military perspective. They never imagined an attack from the water Shaft!

3. Because they left it unprotected it could also be used to climb into this fortified city in the unseen area of the cities security!

4. David in this military-mind had researched and discovered that his enemy was more vulnerable than they knew.

Observation:

According to this text every enemy, of the child of God has a weakness, and Every enemy of the child of God can be defeated.

Every enemy is vulnerable, if the child of God waits on the Lord, does due diligence in prayer, surveys the land, and looks for the opportunity to be victorious.

This text is teaching me that my enemies aren't as strong or as fortified as they may think that they are!

This text is teaching me that my issues and obstacles can be defeated, if I take the time to survey my circumstances and look for a way to get victory over them!

Sometimes my points of attack aren't as obvious as they should be…

Sometimes I may need to look at my situation from every angle, to really see the best way to approach my situation.

Note:

David issues a command to his men who are like minded and have a desire to see the enemy defeated…

“Whoever climbs up by way of the water shaft and defeats the Jebusites (the lame and the blind, who are hated by David’s soul) he shall be chief and captain.”

David uses military promotion for his men as a strategy for the men to get over the city wall and defeat the Jebusites…

• He had already gotten pass the strong hold of the City!
• He had already conquered the outside line of defense of the City!
• He had already passed through 3 valleys and climbed the steep terrain!
• He was looking now to see who would become his second in command in all of Israel.

Application:

A good leader always looks for a likeminded soldier who can help him to achieve the hard things in life that he can’t do by himself!

David is looking for a warrior to help him win this battle for the Lord.

• Every believer ought to have another believer like this in their lives.

• Every believer needs a friend that has military strength to help them conquer the enemies in their lives.

• Every believer needs another believer to strengthen them in the battle.

• Every believer needs another soldier to help them to excel in the hard portions of the fight.

[I want to personally thank Rev. Tate and Deacon Lorta for being these kind of soldiers this past year]

III. David’s Dwelling after the War

9 Then David dwelt in the stronghold, and called it the City of David. And David built all around from the Millo and inward.

10 So David went on and became great, and the Lord God of hosts was with him.

Note:

When we land on this final portion of the text we see David after his military victory do something very powerful!
• He chooses to DWELL where he has defeated the enemy!

• His headquarters were in Judah where he had reigned for 7 years.

• However, now that he has been promoted to oversee all of Jerusalem, he needs a central location to meet all the needs of the country.

• He dwells where the enemy used to live…the first thing he does is rename the territory! “The City of David” because to the victor goes the spoils.

• The third thing he does is rebuilds from the Millo to the Inward…” From the barren-earth all around the City to the inward parts of the City.

• What was once barren, he brought life all around the City.

• It became a thriving location for the people of Israel.

10 So David went on and became great, and the Lord God of hosts was with him.

Note:

• Here I notice something very interesting.
• The text says that David went on and became great!
• He didn't become great as a result of this battle, but he became great because of what he did after he won the battle!
• The battle didn't make him great, the work after the battle made him great!

Application:

• For the believer who is ready to understand these secrets…understand this, that after the war with your enemy, you must rebuild the barren places in your life!
• Rebuild those areas where there was no life before.
• Rebuild those areas where you had never had anything constructed before.
• Rebuilding your life where the enemy once thrived is going to be critical for your development and your success as a leader in the kingdom.
• When you rebuild then you will be known for what God is doing in your life.
• This what will make you great in the eyes of the Lord.
• Build a life of ministry that will give God honor and glory!
• Build a life of ministry that the Lord will get the praise for.
• Build a ministry name and a reputation for being a godly person.
• Build a godly image that will make people want to seek God.
• Build a godly home that will be second to none.
• Build a godly witness that people will come running to see.
• Build like David, a City that makes Heaven happy.

Conclusion:

“The Lord God of hosts was with him.”

Note:

• This last phrase is worth it all!
• This last phrase is worth the battle!
• This last phrase is motivation to stay the course…

• After he won the battle…
• After he built a legacy…
• After he obeyed the word…
• The Lord God of host was with him!
• The same God that stood with him in the battle stood with him after the battle!
• It's a picture of Gods faithfulness!
• Its picture of Gods favor!
• It's a picture of Gods fruitfulness!

David was the king that God had for Israel, and he was the King that battled for Jerusalem!

I love this imagery, because it looks like another King!
The Son of David [Jesus] who also battled with an ‘old enemy’ [Satan] who tried to live among Gods people!

• Jesus came down from glory and fought him in Jerusalem!
• Jesus defeated him in the stronghold outside the City!
• Jesus fought for our freedom from bondage!
The battle was fought in Jerusalem!
• He took our place in Jerusalem
• He took our sins in Jerusalem
• He took our shame in Jerusalem
• He took our guilt in Jerusalem
• He climbed the Cross of Crucifixion outside of the City of Jerusalem
• He was the lamb of God who died for our sins.
• He was the King of Salvation who fought for us in Jerusalem
• He was Heavens victor over the evil one, who won in Jerusalem
• He rose again from the dead and went back to glory to build a New Jerusalem…
• His name is great because he won the victory
• His name is great because he has built us a new home
• His name is great because he is the king of glory

One day every eye shall see him, and every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

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