We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

David & The Lion

“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: 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” (1 Samuel 17:34-35).

The other day, I was reading in 1st Samuel and I came across this passage. However, knowing that the exciting story of David and Goliath was coming up, I quickly skimmed across these verses, paying little attention to their meaning.

Then, a few days later, I was reading over a chapter in The Shepherd of Bethlehem, part of Lamplighter’s Heroes of Faith Series. This book tells the story of an injured minister who gives lectures, from his sickbed, on the life of David. In his first lecture, Mr. Eardley gives this explanation of the passage above:

“My friends, the devoted shepherd who risked his life to save that of a lamb, is a type, a picture of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, who not only risked, but gave His life for the sheep! David’s fight with the lion and the bear is like a shadow of the awful struggle of the Son of God against Satan and sin” (p. 59-60).

Imagine my surprise upon reading this passage! A picture of Christ appears to have been hidden in the Old Testament. I wonder if Jesus shared this story with the disciples on the road to Emmaus as he expounded the Scriptures and opened their hearts about all the things concerning Himself. And since all of the Scriptures point to Christ in some way, can you imagine the treasures still waiting to be found?

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