Archive for March 11th, 2015

1 Samuel 17

1 Samuel 17 has a famous biblical story.  “The Philistines stood on the mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on the mountain on the other side, with a valley between them”.  There was a very large guy, “a champion named Goliath” who came out and taunted the Israelites.  He was “six cubits and a span….his spear was like a weaver’s beam, and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron”.  He was a giant of a man and “he stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel”.

Goliath challenges Saul to send someone out to fight him.  “If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us”.  It is a pretty confident challenge to say the least, but for good reason.  He was a big, big man.  “For forty days the Philistine came forward and took his stand, morning and evening”.  It had to be disheartening to the Israelites to have to listen to the taunting day after day.

Jesse tells David to “take for your brothers an ephah of this parched grain, and these ten loaves, and carry them quickly to the camp to your brothers”.  They were with Saul waiting to face the Philistine attack.  David sees what is happening and asks “who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God”?  David is offended that Saul and the army of Israel is letting this giant defame their God.  So he volunteers and says “Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine”.  That seems like a bad idea and an unlikely way to win.

But David is confident.  “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine”.  Saul tried to put armor on him, but it was too heavy so David took it all off and “he took his staff in his hand and chose five smooth stones from the brook and put them in his shepherd’s pouch”.  He marches out and Goliath makes fun of him but David says “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied”.  David is not afraid.

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