Unlikely Heroes from Ordinary to Extraordinary Series


September 11, 2016

Play Video “Why We Remember”

Today we want to take a moment and remember those that we lost on 9/11/2001. Let’s take a moment of silence.


Last week, Pastor introduced the series that we are in: Unlikely Heroes: From Ordinary To Extraordinary. As I was preparing this message and thinking about heroes, I couldn’t help but think about the heroes that sacrificed their lives on 9/11 for others. Men and women ran into those burning buildings as everyone else was running out. People that set aside their own hope for a future, for their loved ones, for their own comfort so that everyone else around them could possibly have that very opportunity.

I so appreciate the men and women who serve our communities as police and firefighters. I appreciate those who serve our country in the armed forces and help protect our right to meet here this morning. They are heroes on so many levels.

Last week, Pastor talked about a hero from the Bible named Gideon. . .

I want to ask you to give me your attention for the next XX minutes as we talk about the next unlikely hero. My goal will be to have you out of here by noon.

WALK AROUND: What qualifies someone as a hero in your eyes?

Today, I want to talk about someone who is referenced around the world possibly more than any other Bible character and he only lived to be about 70. Let’s play a game. As I run down the list of identifiers for this hero, I don’t want anyone to say out loud who you think it is. But once you think you know who it is, raise your hand high. If you begin to question your guess, put your hand back down until you are sure.

  • He’s referenced more than 1,100 times in the Bible
  • Through his seed God will place a king that will reign and prosper, and execute judgement and righteousness in the earth. He will be the Lord Our Righteousness. – Jeremiah 23:5-6
  • Through his line that the great king would come and live forever having established a kingdom that would never end – 2 Samuel 7
  • He was so key in the eyes of God that he is specifically referenced as one who’s seed Jesus Christ came from. – Romans 1:3
  • The Messiah was born of the royal line of this hero and he was born in Bethlehem because that is where this hero lived. – John 7:42
  • He was one of the greatest Kings of all time for Israel
  • His bloodline became the only legitimate royal bloodline in Jewish History even though many Kings went before him.
  • He is responsible for establishing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel nearly 3,000 years ago and it still remains.

o   London became capital of England roughly 900 years ago

o   Athens became the capital of Greece less than 200 years ago

o   Rome has only been the capital of Italy for less than 150 years

  • Rome wasn’t even a city when David made Jerusalem the capital
  • God himself said that this hero was a man after God’s own heart and a man who will do whatever God wants. Acts 13:22, 1 Samuel 13:14

I’m talking about King David.

Transition: Turn to the book of 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.” 10 Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The Lord has not chosen these.” 11 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.”

12 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.”

13 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.

David was an ordinary unlikely hero because:

  1. His physical limitations made him an unlikely hero

How many of you have never heard the story of David? For sake of time, I will not read every scripture to walk you through the story of David’s life. Rather, I’d like to engage in story time if I may.

  • David was small and the youngest of many brothers more likely to become king. God didn’t look at the physical size of a person but rather the heart.

o   I Samuel 13:14, God said David was a man after His own heart.

  • David was a shepherd, not a soldier.

o   Story of David and Goliath. BRING UP YOUNG BOY AND JAMIE

  • David did not have the proper weapons or the proper armor to defeat Goliath.

Let me ask you, what physical limitations are on your life that make you think you are incapable of yourself being or becoming a hero?

Fast-forward – David becomes one of the greatest warriors of all times for Israel and eventually becomes King (in spite of his size). Yet, looking back at the story of his life, he was an ordinary unlikely hero because:

  1. His sinful life made him an unlikely hero

Turn to 2 Samuel 11:1-16

11:1 In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.

One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her. (Now she was purifying herself from her monthly uncleanness.) Then she went back home. The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying, “I am pregnant.”

So David sent this word to Joab: “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” And Joab sent him to David. When Uriah came to him, David asked him how Joab was, how the soldiers were and how the war was going. Then David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house and wash your feet.” So Uriah left the palace, and a gift from the king was sent after him. But Uriah slept at the entrance to the palace with all his master’s servants and did not go down to his house.

10 David was told, “Uriah did not go home.” So he asked Uriah, “Haven’t you just come from a military campaign? Why didn’t you go home?”

11 Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in tents,[a] and my commander Joab and my lord’s men are camped in the open country. How could I go to my house to eat and drink and make love to my wife? As surely as you live, I will not do such a thing!”

12 Then David said to him, “Stay here one more day, and tomorrow I will send you back.” So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next. 13 At David’s invitation, he ate and drank with him, and David made him drunk. But in the evening Uriah went out to sleep on his mat among his master’s servants; he did not go home.

14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with Uriah. 15 In it he wrote, “Put Uriah out in front where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die.”

16 So while Joab had the city under siege, he put Uriah at a place where he knew the strongest defenders were. 17 When the men of the city came out and fought against Joab, some of the men in David’s army fell; moreover, Uriah the Hittite died.

This story is despicable to me.

David was an adulterer and a conspirator to murder. He didn’t just have Urriah murdered, he intentionally endangered the men of his army of which others were killed – all to cover up his sin.

Now think of the worst thing you have done in your life. Don’t say it out loud but I want you to think of the absolute most despicable thing you have done. Now ask yourself, was it worse than murder?

David was an unlikely hero because his physical limitations and because of the sin in his life.

Lastly, he was an ordinary unlikely hero because:

III.              His failure as a father makes him an unlikely hero

We wont read each of the stories but to name a few:

  • One son, Ammon (who would have been the next king) raped his half-sister Tamar.
  • His other son, Absalom, murdered Ammon because of it.
  • Absalom later tried to murder his father David and died.
  • His oldest remaining son Adonijah then tried to lead a coup d’état and even had his other brothers on his side.

When we think of David, by-in-large we think of him as a hero. When we think of the men and women whom we honored in the earlier video about 9/11, we think of their heroism. I can assure you that those heroes had regrets in their lives. Those heroes had dark secrets and sins that if we all knew their dirty laundry, we might think differently about their heroism. But the truth is, we don’t rise to the level of hero because our mistakes – yet, so often, we tend to focus on our shortcomings.

If there is one word that I could use to sum up how David might recount his own life today, it would be “REGRET.”

Play Video “Regret”


This morning I want to encourage you to not allow your physical limitations, your sinful past or present, or the reflections of what you should have done differently hold you back from rising to the level of hero. Let us be defined by the hero of all heroes that lives in us rather than our flaws.

I want to ask you to consider your own life.

  • What limitations have you clung to that have stopped you from leaving a legacy like David?
  • What Goliaths have you allowed to defeat you when all you need is to listen to God in order to defeat them?
  • What sin entangles you?
  • What past mistakes have you allowed to define you?

–          Invite to come to an extraordinary life with Christ

–          Invite to those who need to bury their regrets

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