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Getting to Know . . . I Samuel! (17:41-58) Got any giants?

David “approaches” Goliath. We then read that Goliath came closer and closer to David. Goliath despises David because he is a youth, healthy and handsome (v. 42). Maybe Goliath was old, sickly, and ugly, but he is outraged that this “dog” has come against him “with sticks”! He then curses David by his gods and says, “Come here and I’ll give your flesh to the birds of the sky and the wild beasts!” (v. 44).

David declares to him that his coming against David with a sword, spear, and javelin is no match for one who comes “in the name of the Lord of Armies, the God of Israel — that you have defiled” (v. 45). David then details how the battle will go — (1) “The Lord will hand you over to me”; (2) “I’ll strike you down”; (3) “I’ll remove your head”; (4) “I’ll give the corpses of the Philistine camp to the birds of the sky and the wild creatures of the earth.” He then says, “Then all the world will know that Israel has a God” (v. 46). And, he says, “this whole assembly will know that it is not by sword or by spear that the Lord saves, for the battle is the Lord’s. He will hand you over to us” (v. 47).

David ran to attack Goliath. One stone, delivered by the sling, did it! David killed the Philistine with a sling and a stone — no sword required! David used Goliath’s own sword to finish the job, cutting off his head. The Philistine army is routed by Israel. (vv. 48-51).

After Israel plundered the Philistine camps, David brought Goliath’s head to Jerusalem and put his weapons in his own tent. Saul inquires about David’s family. Abner brings David, Goliath’s head in hand, to Saul.

Some takeaways for me:
1. I need to realize that “the battle is the Lord’s.” Any battle. This battle. Whatever battle I’m facing — it is the Lord’s!
2. Why we do things is as important as that we do things. For David, it is a godly outrage that Israel’s God has been defiled.
3. Although it only took the one stone to fell Goliath, David had taken five (smooth) stones when he was preparing for battle. Perhaps this suggests a humble assessment of his own skill, but the Lord gave him the victory with the first stone.
4. I’m not involved in literally taking down any 9’9” tall warriors, but my giants are nonetheless real. And I need the Lord’s strength to do the Lord’s work!

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2018 in I Samuel 17

 

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Getting to Know . . . I Samuel (17:1-20) A Giant Challenge!

David, serving in King Saul’s court, would play his lyre to minister to Saul’s moods. The scene dramatically shifts to Israel’s present military circumstance — and David will get quite involved!

The armies of the Philistines and Israel are lined up in battle formation, one army on one hill, and the other army on another. The story focuses on “a champion named Goliath” who was nine feet nine inches tall! (v. 4). His armor weighed 125 pounds. He was covered in bronze armor and the iron point of his spear weighed 15 pounds. He also had a shield-bearer in front of him (vv. 5-7).

And he could speak! Goliath challenges Israel to a mano-a-mano fight— winner take all! Saul and all Israel heard this challenge and “lost their courage and were terrified” (v. 11).

Jesse’s three sons were at the battlefront (Eliab, Abinadab, and Shammah). David was going back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s flock in Bethlehem (vv. 12-15).

The challenge from Goliath happened every day for forty days! Jesse has David take food to his three brothers, as well as cheese to the field commander. He is to check on their well-being. Jesse says of the brothers that they are “with Saul . . . fighting with the Philistines” (v. 19).

David obeys — and sets out as Jesse had charged him (v. 20). We will see tomorrow what will happen!

What are the Goliaths in your life? Those challenges that seem overwhelming, massive, and digging for your immediate attention? True, none of us has a nine-foot-nine-inch-tall NBA warrior standing outside our door inviting us to fight. But challenges come in many forms.

Are you tempted to lose your courage and become terrified? So am I.

But our God is taller than 9’9” — and He has His plan of taking care of our Goliaths. What giant are you facing today? Are you asking the Lord to give you courage and wisdom in facing that challenge?

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2018 in Goliath, I Samuel 17

 

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