David and Goliath….it’s ALL about God


Bob Deffinbaugh, at Bible.org:

david-and-goliathIn the end, it is not so much that David is great, but that the God he serves, the God who went before him, is great. Saul seems to focus on the size of the enemy rather than on the size of God. God always seems to give us enemies who are much greater than we are, so that we fight in our weakness, trusting in God and not in ourselves, giving Him the glory, rather than taking the credit ourselves.

When we come to David, we come to God’s chosen king. This is the one whose seed will be the promised Messiah, whose kingdom will have no end. And so David often provides us with a foreshadowing of Christ. Our text is no exception. David is a prototype of Christ, as Goliath is a prototype of Satan. Satan has the whole world trembling in fear of him and of death (see Hebrews 2:14-15). We, like the Israelites of old, are powerless to defeat him. What we cannot do for ourselves, Christ has done for us, just as David fought Goliath for Saul and the Israelites. Satan has a death grip on lost sinners. There is nothing we can do to save ourselves. Jesus came and took on Satan one-on-one, and He won the victory. David did it by killing Goliath. Jesus did it by being crucified on the cross of Calvary. But after He died to pay the penalty for our sins, He rose from the grave, triumphant over Satan, sin, and death. It was winner take all, and Jesus won by dying and by rising from the dead. All who acknowledge their sin, and who forsake trusting in themselves by placing their trust in Jesus Christ, have the forgiveness of sins and the assurance of living eternally in His kingdom. Thank God for our Champion, the Lord Jesus Christ.

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  1. I Samuel Chapter 17 is an especially well-known chapter of God’s Word. It contains the true historical account of David and Goliath. You may remember this tale fondly from childhood Sunday School, but it contains innumerable and invaluable lessons for Christians of all ages.

    One thing that stands out is the number of times the Holy Spirit tells us that the armies, both of the Philistines and the Israelites, were “in array.” (Verses 2,8,21) The Hebrew word is “arak,” and it means “arranged” or “placed in a special order.” The king of the army of the Philistines and the king of the army of the Israelites (Saul) both had plans in mind for how the battle was supposed to go.

    However, we might wonder how confident Saul was in his military arrangement. When Goliath the Philistine giant stepped forward to taunt the Israelite army and their God, the Bible tells us that King Saul was “dismayed.” (Verse 11) In fact, both he and his army were dismayed and afraid. The Hebrew word for dismayed is “chathath,” and it describes someone who trembles with such fear that it is as if he has shattered into pieces and is utterly useless.

    When David comes onto the scene, he is indignant that this uncircumcised heathen giant would dare to mock the One True and Living God of Israel. David, who will eventually replace Saul as king, is neither arrayed, dismayed, nor afraid. He sees Goliath as an infuriating fool with a head full of rocks, and through the strength, power, and providence of God, David is determined to add one more rock to the giant’s hard head. (Verse 49)

    Samuel, the prophet after whom I Samuel is named, was used of God to anoint both Saul and David as king, in their turns. In Chapter 2, Samuel’s mother, Hannah, had spoken prophetically when she praised the Lord like this: “The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the LORD shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed.” (I Samuel 2:10) The word for “broken to pieces” was “chathath,” the same word translated “dismayed” in Chapter 17. King Saul was broken with fear of Goliath because He did not fear God. David chopped Goliath into pieces because he ONLY feared God.

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