Day 4, David and Goliath? (Here is where it happened)

This picture is taken in the Valley of Elah. It is in this Valley that David who was probably 14, and under 5:5 killed a Giant, who was taller than 8 feet, with a stone. This Giant was a leftover from the original inhabitants of the Promise land that God promised Moses. The Israelites feared these people so much that they did not trust God to take the promise land, causing them to wander in the desert for 40 years.

In the picture there are two hills. The Hill on the left is where the Israelites camped out (it was actually a little further back to be completely correct) and the right hill is where the Philistines camped out. 1 Samuel 17:2-3, “Saul and the Israelites assembled and camped in the Valley of Elah and drew up their battle line to meet the Philistines. The Philistines occupied one hill and the Israelites another, with the valley between them.”

As I stood in this valley I looked to the right and could visualize the Philistines mocking the Israelites, hear them shouting curses at the God of Israel, and feel the deafening roar of such a mighty modern army. The Israelites in comparison to the Philistines were basically a bunch of Pansies. For forty days this went on. 1 Sam 17:16, “For forty days the Philistine (Goliath) came forward every morning and evening and took his stand.”

David walks on the scene and saw this massive Philistine mocking his God. David says, “WHO is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the ARMIES OF THE LIVING GOD?!”

We all know the rest of the story. David, most likely the smallest person there, takes on the biggest warrior there. I could hear the rumble from the Philistine army. I could hear the roar from their battle Cries. I could feel their arrogant attitudes toward these weak helpless Israelites. I can see them laughing at the Israelites situation.

But wait, here comes this little 14 year old boy to fight their Champion! Great news right?

I will let scripture tell the rest of the story.

1 Samuel 17:40-47, “Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine. Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. He looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him. He said to David, ‘Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?’ And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. “COME HERE” he said “AND ILL GIVE YOUR FLESH TO THE BIRDS AND THE WILD ANIMALS!”

David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD ALMIGHTY, the GOD of the ARMIES OF ISRAEL, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and CUT OFF YOUR HEAD! THIS VERY DAY I WILL GIVE THE CARCASSES OF THE PHILISTINE ARMY TO THE BIRDS AND THE WILD ANIMALS, AND THE WHOLE WORLD WILL KNOW THAT THERE IS A GOD IN ISRAEL”

David Murders this Giant, cuts off his head with his own sword, and then Judah and Israel slew the Philistines.

David’s faith is what killed this giant. It was only by a small stone that this giant fell to his death. It is only by a small stone that we are held back from overcoming our giants. We must be bold and obedient, take that stone, and kill our giant.

If our God is for us, who can be against us.

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