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Look a a First Responder in the Bible

Series: Topical

Look a a First Responder in the Bible

September 05, 2021 | Gary Jackson

Passage: 1 Samuel 17:20-47

Intro

First Responder first used in 1970

Merriam-Webster Dictionary in top 6% of words looked up

Fire Services 3.9 Million – $98 Billion

Law Enforcement 2.2 Million  - &310 Billion

EMS 1.3 Million – $24 Billion

 

The Department of State Health Services released a survey revealing some mental health statistics for first responders partially due to the pandemic

Published July 28, 2021  Updated on July 28, 2021 at 4:06 pm

The Department of State Health Services said the results are not surprising but are "concerning."

Project HEROES received 1,467 responses and found the following results:

  • 60% of the surveyors said they currently exhibit symptoms of a significant mental disorder, frequently including physical symptoms, sleep disturbance, and anger.
  • 58% of respondents who are experiencing or diagnosed with a mental health disorder are or have been treated
  • 24% of respondents who have a substance use disorder (SUB) has sought treatment
  • Over 50% said they engage in binge drinking  

Shiftwork, long hours, unpredictability, compassion fatigue are things that EMS professionals must endure all of these increase the chances of needing to seek out support for mental health or substance use disorder

1 Samuel 17:20-47 (KJV) 20 And David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, and took, and went, as Jesse had commanded him; and he came to the trench, as the host was going forth to the fight, and shouted for the battle. 21 For Israel and the Philistines had put the battle in array, army against army. 22 And David left his carriage in the hand of the keeper of the carriage, and ran into the army, and came and saluted his brethren. 23 And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Philistines, and spake according to the same words: and David heard them. 24 And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid. 25 And the men of Israel said, Have ye seen this man that is come up? surely to defy Israel is he come up: and it shall be, that the man who killeth him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father's house free in Israel. 26 And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God? 27 And the people answered him after this manner, saying, So shall it be done to the man that killeth him.

28 And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab's anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle. 29 And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?

30 And he turned from him toward another, and spake after the same manner: and the people answered him again after the former manner. 31 And when the words were heard which David spake, they rehearsed them before Saul: and he sent for him.

32 And David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine. 33 And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth. 34 And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: 35 And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. 36 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. 37 David said moreover, 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. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.

38 And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail. 39 And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him. 40 And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine. 41 And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David; and the man that bare the shield went before him. 42 And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance. 43 And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field. 45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. 46 This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. 47 And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD's, and he will give you into our hands.

 

 

Qualifications for First Responder

 

  1. Enlist to Serve

         1 Samuel 17:17-20 (KJV) 17 And Jesse said unto David his son, Take now for    thy brethren an ephah of this parched corn, and these ten loaves, and run to        the camp to thy brethren; 18 And carry these ten cheeses unto the captain of         their thousand, and look how thy brethren fare, and take their pledge. 19          Now Saul, and they, and all the men of Israel, were in the valley of Elah,          fighting with the Philistines.

         20 And David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, and took, and went, as Jesse had commanded him; and he came to the    trench, as the host was going forth to the fight, and shouted for the battle.

 

  1. Full Commitment

         Romans 12:1-2 (KJV) 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of    God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God,       which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but       be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is          that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

 

  1. Living Sacrifice – TOTAL

 

  1. Holy – Live holy that we would be in fellowship

 

  1. Acceptable – God accepts nothing less than 100% to please Him

 

  1. Fulfilling Commitment – honorable or dishonorable discharge

         that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of         God.

 

         This is the Fulfilment of our living the abundant life

         John 10:10 (KJV) 10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to   destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it   more abundantly.

 

         Note Satan steal your joy – Jesus Fulfills your joy!

 

  1. Embrace the Cause

         1 Samuel 17:26-29 (KJV) 26 And David spake to the men that stood by him,     saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh   away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that      he should defy the armies of the living God? 27 And the people answered          him after this manner, saying, So shall it be done to the man that killeth him.

         28 And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and          Eliab's anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down        hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I   know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down          that thou mightest see the battle. 29 And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?

 

 

 

  1. It was not personal cause – we have been bought with a price

         1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (KJV) 19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in     your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

        

 

  1. It was not for Israel

         45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and      with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD        of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. 46 This day       will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take          thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the         Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the         earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. 47 And all this   assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD's, and he will give you into our hands.

 

         We must ever be aware it is not merely the testimony of believers or the          church but the LORD’s glory

 

  1. It was for the Glory of God

         1 Corinthians 10:31 (KJV) 31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or         whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

 

III. Envision what GOD can do THROUGH ME

         1 Samuel 17:32-37 (KJV) 32 And David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail       because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine. 33 And Saul         said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him:    for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth. 34 And David          said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion,       and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: 35 And I went out after him,         and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. 36 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. 37 David          said moreover, 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. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.

 

  1. Based on the Will of God

 

  1. Based on our Faith in God

 

         Matthew 17:19-21 (KJV) 19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said,   Why could not we cast him out? 20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of         your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard   seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it          shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. 21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

 

  1. Demonstrated by Prayer

                 

  1. Demonstrated by the Priority

 

  1. Engage Personally

 

  1. God can use you

         1 Samuel 16:6-12 (KJV) 6 And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the LORD's anointed is before him. 7 But the       LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his    stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth;        for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the      heart. 8 Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And       he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this. 9 Then Jesse made Shammah to     pass by. And he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this. 10 Again, Jesse          made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse,    The LORD hath not chosen these. 11 And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all      thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he      keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we          will not sit down till he come hither. 12 And he sent, and brought him in.         Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look    to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he.   

 

         Genesis 12:1-4 (KJV) 1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of    thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless         thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3 And I will          bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. 4 So Abram departed, as the LORD had        spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five   years old when he departed out of Haran.

 

  1. God can equip you

         David with a sling Moses with a ROD – use what God has given us! fight

 

         Exodus 4:1-9 (KJV) 1 And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not          believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee. 2 And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine    hand? And he said, A rod. 3 And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it. 4    And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail.        And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand: 5          That they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of     Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee.

         6 And the LORD said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy         bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow. 7 And he said, Put thine hand into thy bosom again. And he put his hand into his bosom again; and plucked it out of his          bosom, and, behold, it was turned again as his other flesh. 8 And it shall          come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign. 9 And it shall       come to pass, if they will not believe also these two signs, neither hearken      unto thy voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it      upon the dry land: and the water which thou takest out of the river shall become blood upon the dry land.

 

 

 

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