- FIVE SUNDAYS AGO
WE BEGAN A SERIES OF SERMONS ON NUMBERS.
- THUS FAR, WE HAVE
STUDIED THE USE OF NUMBERS: ONE; TWO; THREE; AND FOUR.
- TODAY WE WANT TO
LOOK AT THE USE OF THE NUMBER FIVE IN THE SCRIPTURES.
- ONE OF THE MOST TAUGHT BIBLICAL
STORY USES THE NUMBER FIVE IN IT.
- The story is
that of David and Goliath. (1
Samuel 17:58 ).
- David selected
five smooth stones to use in his fight with Goliath. 1
Samuel 17:40 "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."
- This shows preparation. Look
at the adjective "smooth":
- David had
chosen his weapon of warfare carefully and he knew
exactly what was needed to make it effective.
- He carefully selected not
just any stone, but smooth stones.
- A rough
stone will receive too much resistance from the
air it must travel through.
- A smooth
stone will have less resistance and will be more
- A smooth
stone will strike the intended object with more
force (impact) than a rough stone.
If we want to reach the mark, Philippians
3:14 ". . . The prize of the
high calling of God in Christ Jesus."
We are going to have to make preparation careful
wrote in 2
Peter 1:10 "Wherefore the rather,
brethren, give if ye do these things, ye shall
- Notice that
David did not go into battle with just one stone but
- MOSES IN GIVING JEHOVAH'S INSTRUCTIONS
TO THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL SAID:
Leviticus 26:8 "And five of you shall chase
and hundred,. . . "
- This shows what a few can do
with God on their side.
Peter 3:20 "Which sometime were
disobedient, when once the long suffering of God waited
in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing,
wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water."
Note: God used these eight to replenish the earth after
- Jesus chose
twelve men (John
6:70), to teach the world the message of salvation.
- Numbers are important, but:
- Numbers of
people do not necessarily show power or strength.
- Neither does
the number of swords or spears manifest power or strength.
Comment: Give attention to what
David said to Goliath: 1
Samuel 17:45-47 ". . . 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. This day will the Lord deliver
thee into mine hand: and I will give the carcasses 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. 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."
- JESUS TOOK FIVE LOAVES AND TWO FISH
AND FED A MULTITUDE:
Matthew 14:17 "And they say unto him, we
have here but five loaves, and two fishes."
- This was one
of the Lord's miracles. ". . . the fragments
that remained twelve baskets full" Matthew
- Where was the faith? Who had
- Was it Jesus?
- Was it
the five loaves and two fishes?
- The one
who performed the miracle had to have the faith.
- IN THE PARABLE OF THE TALENTS ONE
WAS GIVEN FIVE TALENTS.
25:15-16 "And unto one he gave five talents,
to another two, and to another one; to every man according
to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
Then he that had received the five talents went and traded
with the same, and made them other five talents."
- The five talent
man is an illustration from God to us to show that he
was responsible for more than the one talent man.
therefore, is equal to a person's ability.
- God knows what
that ability is and expects no less than it may be - nor
while he require more.
hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man
but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted
above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also
make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it."
- REGARDING THE USE OF WORDS TO COMMUNICATE
- PAUL STATED:
Corinthians 14:19 "Yet in the church I
had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by
my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words
in an unknown tongue."
- The speaking
in an unknown tongue has ceased:
Corinthians 13:8 "Charity never faileth:
but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether
there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge
it shall vanish away."
1: 25-26 "But whoso looketh into the
perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, be being
not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man
shall be blessed in his deed. If any man among you seem
to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth
his own heart, this man's religion is vain."
- All preachers
and teachers should speak clearly in a language that is
- THERE WERE FIVE WISE AND FIVE FOOLISH
- The five wise:
- They had
their lamps. (Matthew
- They had
extra oil for their lamps (Matthew
- They slept
knowning they'd be ready when the bridegroom came.
- Their preparation
was that they'd have enough for themselves not others.
- The five foolish:
- They had
their lamps. (Matthew
- They took
no extra oil. (Matthew
- They awoke
from sleep crying for oil, they were not prepared.
- Last minute
preparation will not suffice. (Matthew
- The lesson
to be learned: Matthew
25:13 "Watch therefore, for ye know
neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh."
WE KNOW NOT WHEN
THE SON OF MAN COMETH. (Matthew
GOD KNOWS WHAT
OUR ABILITY IS AND WILL REQUIRE IT OF US. (Matthew
MAKE CAREFUL PREPARATION:
- David prepared
well in meeting Goliath. (1
wise virgins prepared for a possible delay. (Matthew
- HOW PREPARED ARE YOU?
- Have you the
- Have you repented?
- Have you confessed?
- Are you been
cleaned in baptism?
- Are you prepared
to enter the door when the bridegroom comes? Salvation
is only through the door, that is Christ. John
10:9 "I am the door: by me if any man
enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out,
and find pasture."
- IF YOU ARE NOT PREPARED TO ENTER IN, DO
SO NOW AS WE SING.
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