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Jesus is the True and Better David

Jesus is the true and better David
whose victory becomes his people's victory,
though they never lifted a stone to accomplish it themselves
The Bible’s really not about you – it’s about him.

Tim Keller

The True and Better David

You know the story.

David, future king but current sheep herder and runt of the family, takes food to his brothers on the front lines of war with the Philistines and ends up bringing down their nearly-10-foot-tall champion, Goliath, with a slingshot and winning the battle for Israel.

Everybody knows the story, and they think they know the point of it. So what is the main point of this story?

  • “The bigger they are, the harder they fall.”
  • “There is always hope for the underdog, so never stop believing in yourself.”
  • “If you trust God, he will give you victory over all the ‘giants’ in your life.”
  • Or maybe, “God has appointed you to conquer the giant of mediocrity and dominate in your workplace.”

I’ve heard all these applications. But are they the main point?

The story of David is not David –> You.

The main point is David –> Jesus –> You.

Don’t cut out the middle man. The Bible, first and foremost, is about Jesus, not you. It was written to make you adore Jesus.

It’s not about heroes whose examples you are to emulate; it’s about a Savior you are to worship.

Jesus was the small, unassuming shepherd boy who fought the real giant—our sin and the curse of death—as our representative, while we stood on the sidelines like cowards, doing nothing to help him.

As our representative, he lived the life we were supposed to live and died the death we were condemned to die.

J. D. Greear, “Jesus Is the True and Better David (You Aren’t)”


Ang kuwento ng buhay ni David ay hindi tungkol sa kanya. It points us to Someone greater – much greater – than him. It is the story of Jesus. That’s how we approach every story in the Old Testament. Yan din ang itinuro niyang gawin natin sa pagbabasa natin ng Salita ng Diyos. At dahil tayo ay nakay Cristo, may relasyon sa kanya by faith in him, it is also our story. Pag pag-aaralan natin ang mga kuwento sa buhay ni David, we don’t immediately jump to our lives now and ask, “Ano ang kinalaman niyan sa buhay ko?” No. No. No. Don’t skip the gospel. Don’t bypass Jesus. Tanungin muna natin, “Paano tayo itinuturo nito kung sino si Jesus at kung ano ang ginawa niya para sa atin?” Then, and only then, pwede na nating itanong kung paano natin ito malalapat sa buhay natin. Because Jesus is our Life, not David.

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