by Kerry Shook

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David and Goliath (2 of 3)
Series: Man vs. Wild
Pastor Kerry Shook

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David's unconventional approach to giants

• He ran toward the giant
• 1 Samuel 17:48 (NLT)

• He possessed a killer instinct
• 1 Samuel 17:51 (NLT)

• He expected more giants in the future
• 1 Samuel 17:40 (NIV)

• He turned down a sword for a sling
• 1 Samuel 17:47 (LB)


There was a slight frost on the ground as the sun rose over the Valley of Elah in Israel. The morning was filled with peaceful sounds of bird's chirping and wind whistling through the cedars at the edge of the hills. It all painted a misleading portrait of what the open fields would soon become because as the sun burned off the early-morning fog it revealed thousands of men prepared for conflict. On the one side, all the battle-hardened soldiers of the army of Israel. On the other side, a vast sea of Philistine warriors. The tension grew as everyone wondered who would be the first to launch an attack. Suddenly in the Philistine camp soldier by soldier it parted wide open for a giant of a man to step forward. A freak of nature. The Philistine champion, Goliath, stood 9'9" tall. His armor weighed over 200 pounds. The end of his spear weighed 25 pounds. His booming voice broke the deafening silence as he challenged the Israelites to send a worthy opponent for the ultimate death match. If your warrior can defeat me in hand to hand combat he cried then we will surrender. But if I am the victor then all Israel will bow down and be our slaves. The Philistine's waited for a response. No one moved. Now the real champion of Israel, King Saul, should have been the first to step forward. He was the obvious choice. He stood head and shoulders taller than anyone else in the camp. But Saul had already moved to the back lines. He has already shrinked back away from the front because he was no longer courageous. Soon the inaction turned to confusion in the Israelite lines. A few captains started to pull back and before you knew it, chaos reigned as a full retreat was underway. This scene was repeated every day morning and night for 40 days. Every morning Goliath would step forward and issue his challenge. Every night Goliath would step forward and issue his challenge and the children of Israel would retreat in fear. Until the 40th day a young boy, a young shepherd boy by the name of David walked forward to the front line. He was going there to give food to his older brothers who were in the Israelite army. As he walked to the front lines he was almost knocked over by thousands of soldiers running the other way in retreat. But he grabbed one of the soldiers and he said, "What's going on?" The soldier hurriedly told him about the great giant Goliath of the Philistines and how he had mocked the living God.
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