Humdingers from the Saints: King David

One of my favorite characters in Scripture is David. His story is incredible (read it) and I’m not sure that there’s any other Old Testament character that we know so much about.

Personality-wise, David was one of those people who had everything going for him… He was handsome, healthy, strong and charming. Most importantly, he had a loyal heart, a heart with faithfulness that was comparable to God’s. This is what Scripture means by referring to David as “a man after God’s own heart.” His heart was like the heart of his Creator. This truth is obvious throughout his entire life, but today we’re going to focus on the beginning of his life in the spotlight: the time he fought Goliath.

Israel was constantly at war with the Philistines due to the fact that the Promised Land was incredibly valuable. Most nations wanted control of it. For this particular battle, all of the Israelite men were afraid of one particular Philistine soldier. He was over nine feet tall (6 cubits and a span) and extremely strong. His armor weighed over 125 lbs and the head of his spear would have weighed around 15 lbs– just the head itself, that doesn’t count the staff (I computed these weights into our modern understanding from the descriptions the Bible gives us). To go along with his impressive build, Goliath also had an intimidating personality. Everyday, he would come out to the open field between both camps, taunt the Israelites and mock their God.

David wasn’t a soldier, he was still a kid… a teenager probably, but not old enough to go into battle. He had come to the Israelite camp as an errand boy sent by his father to deliver food. It’s during this visit that he hears Goliath insulting both God and his people, and David gets ticked off. David turns to his fellow Israelites, “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?”

That’s right, David insults Goliath’s “man part”, but he’s also pointing out to his countrymen that Goliath has no power over them because he has no relationship with God. They, on the other hand, are God’s children, which means they should have no fear.

Unmoved, the “professional” soldiers are still too scared to fight, so David says that he’ll face Goliath.  Full of righteous anger that Goliath would mock God, and David goes to put an end to the insults. The Israelite army tries to properly equip David with armor and weapons, but David knows that they will be of no help since he doesn’t know how to utilize them properly. He goes out to face Goliath with his weapon of choice: a simple sling-shot.

Goliath roars with laughter when he sees David, and threatens to rip David’s flesh off his body. Considering the insult, David’s response is awesomely ballsy (ya’ heard me right). David shouts back without missing a beat,

“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. This day, the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down, and cut off your head…and I will give {your dead body] to the birds…and to the wild beasts.”  1 Sam 17:45-46

Y’all… this is ancient smack talk… think about this… Goliath has actually just made fun of David for his size. He also told David that he was going to rip his flesh from his body and feed it to the birds and the beasts. David responds without any fear– threatening to do the same to Goliath…and Goliath won’t have any of it. In a rage, the giant attacks David, but he isn’t quick enough. David hits him in the forehead with a stone from his sling-shot and Goliath falls dead to the ground. Then David takes Goliath’s own sword and cuts off his head.

Understandably, the Philistine army flees.

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If the Bible was a movie (and depicted accurately), it would definitely have an R rating.

 

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