by Joe Alain

The Champion
Joe Alain
1 Samuel 17:1-58

The most famous battle described in the Old Testament was not fought between two armies but between two men, David and Goliath. We find their epic battle recorded in 1 Samuel chapter 17. David defeated Goliath not because he had superior weapons or military strategies, but because he had supreme confidence in the Lord God to give him the victory!

This account reveals how the adversaries we face try to defeat us. This story also tells us how we can defeat the Goliaths in our lives. All of us face Goliaths of various sorts. Christians are in a spiritual battle and as a result we face the Goliath of satanic attacks and intimidation. We also face Goliaths of an internal nature. We face the Goliaths of fear and anxiety and a host of other Goliaths because we live in a world that is often hostile to Christian faith. The good news is that whatever Goliath you face you can be the victor. You can be the champion!

Describing the Goliaths

1 Samuel 17:1-3 describes the setting for the battle between David and Goliath. The Philistines were on one side of the valley and the Israelites were on the other side. The Philistines were the perennial enemies of Israel. We to as Christians have a perennial adversary who constantly opposes us and the kingdom of God - Satan himself.

Israel's adversary is described in 1 Samuel 17:4-11. Notice what the Bible says about Goliath. We are told his height was 6 cubits and a span. This translates into about 9' 9'' tall. The NBA would love this guy! But it wasn't just his size that was impressive. He had on him a ''coat of mail.'' Literally, he had scaled body armor on. This guy was a walking tank! To top it off he had a spear, the head of which weighed roughly 25 pounds!

Goliath must have been an intimidating sight. But more than that he spoke words of intimidation and apparently was equipped to back his words up. Goliath issued a challenge to the armies of Israel (1 Sam. 17:8-10). What ...

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