I Samuel 17
I Samuel 17:4-11 And a champion went out from the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, from Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. 5 He had a bronze helmet on his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail, and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of bronze. 6 And he had bronze armor on his legs and a bronze javelin between his shoulders. 7 Now the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam, and his iron spearhead weighed six hundred shekels; and a shield-bearer went before him. 8 Then he stood and cried out to the armies of Israel, and said to them, “Why have you come out to line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and you the servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. 9 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.” 10 And the Philistine said, “I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.” 11 When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.
Goliath – A Giant Giant
Lesson: The giants we face are real and big
The Soldiers – A Fearful Force
I Samuel 17:24 And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him and were dreadfully afraid.
Lesson: When focused upon the giant in our life we can think about nothing else
Eliab – A Jealous Brother
I Samuel 17:28 Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger was aroused against David, and he said, “Why did you come down here? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your pride and the insolence of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle.”
Lesson: Jealousy causes us to forget our responsibilities and attempt to find faults in others
Saul – A Hollywood King
Possible Hollywood Star?
I Samuel 9:2 And he had a choice and handsome son whose name was Saul. There was not a more handsome person than he among the children of Israel. From his shoulders upward he was taller than any of the people.
Lesson: Character is what counts
David – A Faithful Servant
I Samuel 17:34-37 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, 35 I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.” 37 Moreover 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 because he relied upon God’s power he was free to have victory over the giant
Freedom begins when you stop repeating what your giant is telling you and start telling your giant what God has already said – Louie Giglio
Lesson: We can do great things when we focus upon God rather than our circumstances
The soldiers couldn’t see past the giant to notice the power of God; David only saw God and wasn’t affected by the size of the giant