Saturday, April 29, 2017

Youngest

David, the would be king with a heart after God's was the youngest boy in a family of seven boys.  The youngest.

Not the oldest.  Not the middle child.  Not the second, third, fourth, fifth, or sixth.

The youngest.

The baby of the family.

God seems to find it beneficial to use the least likely of families to do mighty work.  Remember Joseph?

What about the youngest in your family?  Are you the baby?  Are you annoyed by the baby of your family?  Do you see yourself with the potential to be a leader coming from a life of following in the footsteps of your older siblings?

What made David different than his brothers was only one thing.

The Spirit of the LORD upon David in power.

The Mighty Men devoted their lives to following a baby of a family.  The baby who grew up to slay a giant and become king started out as the youngest in a houseful of boys.

Hebrews says this about David:

"And what more shall I say?  I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.  Women received back their dead, raised to life again.  Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection.  Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison.  They were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword.  They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated - the world was not worthy of them.  They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground."

David, leader of the Mighty Men whose sufferings, no doubt because they followed David, were also part of this list, was born the youngest.  His brothers, if they were like any big brothers today, would have never believed their little pimply faced, lazy, daydreaming, musical brother would ever be listed in the great hall of Hebrews wall of Faith.

But he was.  The youngest, leader of the Mighty Men, fought in a world not worthy of him.

Y is for youngest.

Hebrews 11

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