Paul said to consider Jesus who endured the cross so we don’t faint in our minds when we suffer.

Hebrews 12:2-6 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

People faint for many reasons: not enough blood to their brain, low blood sugar, illness, too hot, hyperventilating, fear of blood. When people faint because of the environment, they need removed from the area. Jesus separated himself from places at times. After Jesus preached 3 days and was healing the people, he had compassion and wanted to feed them. He knew they might faint if they didn’t get food. We can faint if our blood sugar gets too low from not eating.

Matthew 15:29-39 And Jesus departed…and went up into a mountain, and sat down there. And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others…and he healed them …Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way. And his disciples say unto him, Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude? And Jesus…How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven, and a few little fishes. And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full. And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children…

Jesus didn’t want the people to faint. We need to feed from Christ daily so we don’t faint spiritually. When someone faints they can’t take care of themselves. We can’t expect them to act like they normally would. They need someone to help and encourage them, so they can be productive again. If we don’t wake them up spiritually, they will die.

It’s important to understand the reason for fainting. When there was a famine during king David’s reign, he asked God why. God was angry because Saul killed the Gibeonites who Joshua had made an agreement 440 years earlier to not kill them but let live among the Israelites as servants. David asked the Gibeonites what he could do to make atonement.

II Samuel 21:1 Then there was a famine in the days of David…and David enquired of the Lord. And the Lord answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites.

II Samuel 21:3-4 Wherefore David said unto the Gibeonites, What shall I do for you? and wherewith shall I make the atonement, that ye may bless the inheritance of the Lord?  And the Gibeonites said…We will have no silver nor gold of Saul, nor of his house; neither for us shalt thou kill any man in Israel. And he said, What ye shall say, that will I do for you.

God doesn’t always punish or cause people to reap for doing wrong right away. He knows when it’s time to reap. If you have a spiritual drought, you will faint without food. If we ask God in prayer, he will show us what’s wrong and how to correct the problem as he did for David. Sometimes we reap for another’s sins. David was reaping for Saul’s sin but wanted to do what he could to turn the famine around and make things right. David had seven sons of Saul killed as the Gibeonites asked but saved Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth because of his oath with Jonathan.

II Samuel 21:5-9 And they answered the king, The man that consumed us, and that devised against us that we should be destroyed from remaining in any of the coasts of Israel, Let seven men of his sons be delivered unto us, and we will hang them up unto the Lord in Gibeah of Saul, whom the Lord did choose. And the king said, I will give them. But the king spared Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, because of the Lord’s oath that was between them, between David and Jonathan the son of Saul. But the king took the two sons of Rizpah…Armoni and Mephibosheth; and the five sons of Michal the daughter of Saul, whom she brought up for Adriel the son of Barzillai the Meholathite:

God ended the famine when David did what the Gibeonites asked. The historian Josephus said it poured rain when God was entreated. After that the Philistines came to fight Israel. David went to battle but was faint because he was now an older man and near the end of his reign as king of Israel.

II Samuel 21:14-15 And the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son buried…in the sepulchre of Kish his father: and they performed all that the king commanded. And after that God was intreated for the land. Moreover the Philistines had yet war again with Israel; and David went down, and his servants…and fought against the Philistines: and David waxed faint.

Abishai cared for and protected David, then killed a giant who tried to kill David. David’s men said he was too important to risk being killed. They made him stay away and went to battle against the Philistines, then they killed 4 giants (sons of Goliath).

II Samuel 21:16-21 And Ishbibenob, which was of the sons of the giant…thought to have slain David. But Abishai…succoured him, and smote the Philistine, and killed him. Then the men of David sware unto him, saying, Thou shalt go no more out with us to battle, that thou quench not the light of Israel. And…there was again a battle with the Philistines at Gob: then Sibbechai…slew Saph, which was of the sons of the giant. And there was again a battle in Gob with the Philistines, where Elhanan…slew the brother of Goliath the Gittite…And there was yet a battle in Gath, where was a man of great stature…born to the giant. And when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimea the brother of David slew him.

We are all going to be corrected by God at times when we don’t handle things in a Christ like way. When people get corrected and leave the church, it’s because their thinking is too fleshly and not Christ like. God’s correction means he loves us as his children and wants us to have good fruit in our life.

Hebrews 12:5-8 And ye have forgotten the exhortation…as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

David said he would have fainted unless he believed to see God’s goodness in the land of the living. We need to believe we’ll see God’s goodness in his people of the church of the living God (Church of God). The devil doesn’t want us to believe it.

Psalm 27:13-14 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

Moses told the people not to be afraid, to faint, or be terrified by the enemy because God would fight to save them.

Deuteronomy 20:1-4 When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them: for the Lord thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. And it shall be, when ye are come nigh unto the battle, that the priest shall…speak unto the people…Hear, O Israel, ye approach this day unto battle against your enemies: let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them; For the Lord your God…goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.

When someone is fainting or fearful, they can affect others so they faint too. We need to not faint or fail in our promises to God but ask for his help when we need it.

Deuteronomy 20:8 And the officers shall speak further unto the people, and they shall say, What man is there that is fearful and fainthearted? let him go and return unto his house, lest his brethren’s heart faint as well as his heart.

 

(Notes from the Mature Class Bible Study, teacher Edith Tolbert)