Tuesday, December 21, 2010

David vs Goliath: Remix

Early in his life, King David had an encounter that's been told by many people, on the green felt board in countless Sunday School classes. 1 Samuel 17 tells the common story of a young shepherd teenager and a 9 and a half foot giant.  Now, when researching this to teach in my Sunday School class some very interesting things.

1. I realized David was READY for Goliath: we're often told that David was this little, lowly, almost cowardly shepherd. However, 1 Samuel 17:32-37 tells us otherwise: But David said to Saul, "Your servant was tending his father's sheep. When a lion or a bear came and took a lamb from the flock, he took care of it!

35    I went out after him and attacked him, and rescued it from his mouth; and when he rose up against me, I seized him by his beard and struck him and killed him.
36    "Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, since he has taunted the armies of the living God."
37    And David said, "The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine." And Saul said to David, "Go, and may the LORD be with you."

Think about it: David, as a shepherd was already laying the smackdown on lions and bears (Dwight Schrute would be proud). He showed no fear towards this giant. Seriosuly, knowing God is on your side and protecting you from someone that huge, wouldn't you be the least bit scared?

2. David understood the power of faith: Verses 45-50 give us the conclusion to the climactic story:

45      Then David said to the Philistine, "You come to me with a sword, a spear, and 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 taunted.
46    "This day the LORD will deliver you up into my hands, and I will strike you down and remove your head from you. And I will give the dead bodies of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the sky and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel,
47    and that all this assembly may know that the LORD does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the LORD's and He will give you into our hands."
48    Then it happened when the Philistine rose and came and drew near to meet David, that David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine.
49    And David put his hand into his bag and took from it a stone and slung it, and struck the Philistine on his forehead. And the stone sank into his forehead, so that he fell on his face to the ground.
50    Thus David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and he struck the Philistine and killed him; but there was no sword in David's hand.

Say Whaaaaaaat? Yup! David killed the giant! wow! Jesus said in Luke and Matthew that if we have mustard seed sized faith NOTHING is impossible with God.
Goliath made the mistake of underestimating God and David and met his demise.

All of us carry a Goliath in our lives. It can be subtle and it can be obvious. Whatever it is, you can slay it and God will make all things possible. Trust him!!