Back of Whoop Whoop | 1 Samuel 16 : 1-13
The Back of Whoop Whoop hey. Let me guess…… you are thinking I know where that is!!! Am I right?
There are a few characters in the Bible that have been to the Back of Whoop Whoop and it is probably not a destination but more of a journey for these guys.
I am thinking of Moses - 40 years in the dessert and that with about 2 million moaning Israelites, that probably warrants a chapter or a mention in the Back of Whoop Whoop book.
Another is probably Paul in all his journeys he probably would be the author of the The Back of Whoop Whoop book.
Jesus Obviously would be the one who personifies the backward journey. Coming from Heaven and living on earth like He did……..talk about from riches to rags!!
Tonight however we will be focussing on David.
Lets read a snippet of probably the start of David’s amazing journey.
1 Samuel 16 : 1-13
“The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.” But Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me.” The Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what to do. You are to anoint for me the one I indicate.” Samuel did what the Lord said. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town trembled when they met him. They asked, “Do you come in peace?” Samuel replied, “Yes, in peace; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselves and come to the sacrifice with me.” Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice. When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.” But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Then Jesse called Abinadab and had him pass in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “The Lord has not chosen this one either.” Jesse then had Shammah pass by, but Samuel said, “Nor has the Lord chosen this one.” Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The Lord has not chosen these.” So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?” “There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.” Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.” So he sent for him and had him brought in. He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features. Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one.” So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David. Samuel then went to Ramah.”
Definitely a chapter we all are very familiar with.
Here we have Samuel getting a word from the Lord to go and anoint one of Jesse’s sons as the next king of Israel after Saul lost his favour with the Lord. So Samuel sets it up with Jesse: Bring your sons and sacrifice with me. He goes through all the sons and find that it is not one of them. Very perplexed he says to Jesse: Are these all you sons mate? On which Jesse replies: No sorry I forgot about one!!! Whatttttt you must be kidding Samuel says. Didn’t I invite you and all your sons? Anyway where is he? Uhmmmm in the back of Whoop whoop attending sheep!!!!
Now if that does not blow your mind nothing will!!! The future King of Israel is not at the meeting that the Lord himself set-up. How is this possible? Not a surpise to the Lord at all obviously. Planned………of course!!
OK sooooooooo David gets called and gets annointed………Yah!! What happens next is also probably very strange. He gets a Limo driver, he gets a palace, he gets a crown and a robe and doef abracadabra he is king of Israel. No he gets send back to Whoop Whoop.
Let me remind you what the Israeli country side looks like. Do not think Hinterland lush green massive trees with creeks and springs everywhere if that was the way your thoughts were going think Outback, think dry, think heat, think Bears and Lions. That is were the future King of Israel will be spending his coming days.
Looks like the training ground for real kings could be the back of Whoop Whoop!!
Shepherds in those days had it pretty easy the just had to sit under a tree and look at there sheep Noooot.!!! Shepherds where constantly thirsty they were sunburned they were by themselves all the time they were sleep deprived because during day time they had to attend the sheep and walk with them as they grazed and at night they had to protect the flock from Lions and bears. Not even to metion how lonely these guys are out by themselves for days.
So if this was me I would have said Lord the King of Israel this must be a joke. Who am I the king of?? Sheep!! Where is my sphere of influence what can I possibly achieve in the wilderness, no people around me??
But you see God is not God for no reason he knows the future and he knows the character intimately!! God had to prepare David for his future and this was the only taylored way for David maybe if it was someone else it would have been a different environment.
My first question to you tonight is where is your Whoop Whoop?
Where is the place in your life very you end up lonely, thirsty or frustrated??? That place is tailored for you and different to my Whoop Whoop. Do we have to be there? Absolutely!! If you believe in God and you have a relationship with Him you have to believe that that place is part of your and my journey. Is it life’s classroom? I think so.
You are a chosen Child of God but your are sitting in the back of Whoop Whoop and nothing is going for you!! At least for as far as you can see. What do you do???
Well I can tell you what David did:
1. For one he he wrote the most beautiful poems you can think of. In these poems he seeked God the entire time and was in conversation with God very important for us too isn’t? To be in constant
2.He played the harp, probably the best in the region so he worshipped often.
3. And the one thing that I struggle to understand for a boy of his age by the way he was about 15 maybe younger, he killed lions en bears. He also continued to do his day job. Which was attending sheep and listening to God’s voice.
That’s is what David did. We sometimes ask to may questions get get frustrated too soon don’t we?
What happens next is pretty amazing:
Lets read about it:
1 Samuel 16: 15-22
“Saul’s attendants said to him, “See, an evil spirit from God is tormenting you. Let our lord command his servants here to search for someone who can play the lyre. He will play when the evil spirit from God comes on you, and you will feel better.” So Saul said to his attendants, “Find someone who plays well and bring him to me.” One of the servants answered, “I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the lyre. He is a brave man and a warrior. He speaks well and is a fine-looking man. And the Lord is with him.” Then Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me your son David, who is with the sheep.” So Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine and a young goat and sent them with his son David to Saul. David came to Saul and entered his service. Saul liked him very much, and David became one of his armor-bearers. Then Saul sent word to Jesse, saying, “Allow David to remain in my service, for I am pleased with him.””
1 Samuel 16:15-22 NIV11
So David is sitting in the back of Whoop Whoop minding his own business and Saul the King of Israel sends for him. He was not uncomfortable and pushy in his environment he just did what he had to do. He goes from rags to riches in a flash!!!
He gets head hunted by the highest authority in the country not to do hard labor but to play the lyre.
Have you had moments in your life where you felt like that you where living it up???
We have moments in our lives where we are cruising where things keeps going right for us and we’re thinking hang on a minute………..this is goooood!!!! We do not need to stretch ourselves, we do not have to get out of our comfort zones everything just comes our way and we are loving it. We also do not ask to many questions we are just really content with where we are at because it is so good.
How do you react in your moments of living it up!!!
I can tell you what David did:
1. He went as soon as he was called, no excuses no Uhm what about my sheep and what about my job?? He packed a donkey and left. When we get a good break, take it and run with it don’t be all shy. Good breaks do not come often take them when they come.
2. He lived it up in the palace. What do I mean? He enjoyed it. He had fun and he rested and just thoroughly enjoyed the fact that he was in the Palace with the king.
3. He stayed humble and did not loose sight of Jesus. In that place of rest we often forget about God we enjoy the good life so much that we tend to think that I am pretty great and I did this by myself and I am very important don’t we. He kept doing his job but it was not as tiresome as attending sheep or living in the bush.
4.He learned practicalities of what he was going to do in the future. He was anointed as the next King and he knew that so in this period he learned as much as he could from Saul and his surrounding. So my suggestion would be that when we go into periods of our lives where things come easy do not stop learning from your pears and mentors.
David lived in the Palace for about 7 years. I guess he had a good time of reflection and rest in these years which looked pretty good to me.
If we continue to look at David’s life we see that the next major event that occurred was David killing Goliath.
1 Samuel 17: 34-37
“But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.””
We know the rest of the story.
What we see here is that the preparation the Whoop Whoop paid off big time. God lead David into the wilderness He did not send him there. He said David Walk behind me. And when God leads you into your worst nightmare He will lead you out and that is a promise!!
He Lead David to probably the most impressive victory by one man in the history of mankind.
My second question to you is: What is and how do you face the Goliath in your life?
I can tell you what David did.
1.He identified that he was prepared in the back of Whoop Whoop. What I mean he realised that he went through a deepening period with the Lord where it was winter in his life and although you could not see the leaves blossoming and growing his roots went deeper and he new he was a stronger man, not because of what he was but because of what God did in him.
2.He heard what He kew was God voice because he had learnt what it sounded like in the quiet times in the bush.
3.He acted on it in confidence without fear, knowing that God was going in front of him!
4.He ignored all the neigh sayers! They included a few powerful people like Saul for instance and of course people who should have been really close to him like his brothers.
5.He powered through and killed Goliath he chopped his head off and brought it back to Saul.
He clearly celebrated his victory. We should celebrate the victories, it is God given and we should dance and sing when it happens.
Please identify your Goliath and slay him……it is possible!!!
The next stage of David’s life is long and very hard. Saul was jealous of David’s following and set out to kill him.
We are not going to read it but basically what happened is that David had to flee Saul and lived in Grottos and gathered a following as fleed in front of Saul.
So we are seeing that David thought he was in Whoop Whoop before but this time the situation was way worse and he probably thought the attending sheep bit looked like a much better deal than being chanced by Saul.
So David was going through the toughest part of his life he was prepared well by God but it was tough.
What did David do in this period of his life?:
1.How can we mention David without mentioning Jonathan. Here he had a mate that was closer that a brother who looked out for him and who had his back at all times. He also had his wife Michal who at some point saved his life by warning him and telling him to leave over night. He also had a great following of about 400 men who stood by him day and night. David surrounded him with people who he knew was going to support him. He did not hang with people who was going to pull him down and expose his weaknesses no he had people who believed in him. We need to do the same. We need support when the going gets tough we can not go without a network of friends and family that carry us when we are down and out.
2.David also sought council from Samuel in these days. Samuel was a wise old man and David knew that he could get good advise from Samuel. We are surrounded by wise men and women by the dozen all we need to do is ask sometimes our pride gets in the way or an attitude of I can do it myself and we loose so much in our tough journeys just because we do not ask.
3.He prayed often and asked the Lord for what he had to do next. He literally waited on God’s answer everyday before he acted. He was in such a desperate situation that he could not physically function without God
4.He showed grace in his tough journey. Remember when Saul had to relieve himself in a cave where David and his men was hiding. It was incredible how he crawled closer cut a piece off Sauls robe and then waved it at him afterwards. He said mate look at this! I could have killed you but I can’t kill somebody who is anointed by the Lord. Yet Saul wanted to kill him. The saying goes kill or be killed isn’t it? No we live in this world but we are not from it right. So Davis showed the amazing grace that was expected from him which would have been very hard to do. I just think of my own life when things go wrong we want to blame somebody or something. Through somebody under the bus as long as its nor me right. It is a hard thing to do when we are under the pump and we feel the pressure.
The next phase of David’s life was back in the palace. Saul eventually dead phew and David was king and so we think that finally David as entered into his destiny after years of journeying and yet there was one final dramatic chapter left.
The dreaded Bathsheba incident!!!! It would have made a great modern movie because it was filled with al the wrong things: - beautiful bathing girl
-The soldier husband
What a disaster in Davids life. Up to this point David has been pretty inspiring and encouraging right. And then he saw this beautiful girl bathing on the rooftop next door. He just had to have her and so he did. He got her over to the palace slept with her and she fell pregnant, talk about a spanner in the works!! Uriah who was her husband is one of David’s commanding officer for crying out loud. He is fighting in a war for David’s army. David gets Uriah to come home hoping that he would sleep with his wife and everything will be fine, everybody will think it is Uriahs baby but low and behold Uriah comes back and sleeps on the steps of the palace, one tough cookies if you ask me. Upon being questioned by why he is not sleeping at him his blaze reply is if my men sleep in the bush at war who am I to sleep on my cosy bed??? What a man, right?? And so the plot thickens. David send Uriah to the front line and he gets killed. Davis thought he is off the hook but Big Brother is watching the kid dies after birth and David repents. This is the short version.
For me I suddenly identify with David so much more because he had sin just like you and me but yet God said of him he is a man after my own heart, why?? I think it could have been because he had such a short account with God. He sinned and very soon after repented with a sense of real remorse and it must have been because God know our hearts.
So Dee you have been babbling on about David. What are you saying and how is it applicable to us 2000 and bit moire years later.And it is old testament!!!
Let me put it to you this way. I put Whoop Whoop into Google maps and all I could find was Whoop Whoop rd?? One of two possibilities: 1. Whoop Whoop is a state of mind or
2. Whoop Whoop is a journey you.
My opinion is that it is both.Life as Davids journey clearly shows is a cocktail of ups and downs, mountains and valleys. The way we navigate it is up to us.It is also clear that the christian walk is not a walk to be taken lightly it is a walk that needs bravery, commitment and stamina. Remember that the life of David should serve as an encouragement not as a deterrent. If you have a relationship with Jesus Christ the living son of God you have to believe that where you are at in you journey is exactly where God wants you.If you are at a place in your journey where you are finding it really tough and you know it is not God who put you there but a bad choice repent and ask God to meet you where you are and he will. That is what he wants. He will walk you out of there I promise.