Monday, July 5, 2010

What's your Jebus? 2 Samuel 5:6-9

Last night my pastor (who also happens to be my dad) preached a sermon from 2 Samuel 5:6-9. David had conquered all of Israel except for one little city called Jebus. So King David took his men went to fight the Jebusites and take hold of the city. After conquering the city, they named it the City of David, or what we now know as Jerusalem.

The message that my dad brought to us was that Jebus was like a cancer in the middle of David's kingdom. The Jebusites taunted David as he came to overtake the city saying, "You shall not come in here; but the blind and the lame will repel you", as if David and his army of men were not strong enough, and that even those who were blind, or cripple could fight and win against the Israelites. Our congregation was then asked if we had a Jebus inside of us. Something that was eating away at us, like a cancer. Bitterness, anger, a grudge, gluttony, all of these were brought to the table. Sometimes we have these things held inside of us and they seem to taunt us. We see that these things should not belong, but there is a little voice that says, "You are not strong enough to overcome me," just like the Jebusites did to David and the Israelites. But if we look further in the story, David, DID overcome the city, "Then David dwelt in the stronghold, and called it the City of David. And David built all around from the Millo and inward. So David went on and became great, and the LORD God of hosts was with him". So if we do have a Jebus inside of us, we can see that God of hosts is with us, and with his help we can overcome, and take back what belongs to us. 

I have been doing much better with my overeating, and emotional eating, but there are times when I feel like the urge is there. The message last night helped me to realize that gluttony has no place in my life, and even when I do feel as that little voice is there, taunting me, I can rely and God, and remove that "Jebus" from my life!


Denise said...

We all have a Jebus, or 2, or 3! They may be different for each of us, but the struggle can be pretty much the same. It's part of being the weak creatures that we are. Thanks for a wonderful reminder that it isn't our (my) power that counts but the power of El Elyon!
Happy Monday:)

Bree said...

Great teaching he did! Thanks for sharing!

becca said...

thanks for sharing! mine would involve food as well. my weight has been a thorn in my side since i was 12, and it robs me of my self confidence. i want to see myself as God's beloved daughter, not the fat girl i believe myself to be.