DAVID AND GOLIATH

by Jim Henry


David and Goliath
Jim Henry
1 Samuel 17


One of the great stories of the Bible is contained in this passage. Often when you think of David, you think of Goliath at the same time. Most of us cut our Old Testament teeth'' on the story of David and Goliath. It's the classic example of the underdog, the little man against the big one, and we're going to look at it in terms not only of what happened literally, but also what God intended to be included spiritually for edification in our own lives.

We all have giants in our lives. Who are your giants? These giants are different, I'm sure. What may be a giant to me may not be a giant to you, or your neighbor's giant may not be a giant to you. But everybody has some kind of giant in their lives.

It may be in the form of a disappointment that's come your way. It may be the job promotion you didn't get. It may be a child that just didn't come up to your expectation. It may be the challenge that's in front of you and you're saying, ''Lord, I don't know if I can handle that or not!''

It may be a decision that looks so awesome that you're afraid to even think about doing what God may be saying to you. You have a giant in your life. And if you don't have one at present, there will be giants somewhere along the way. Some will be put on us by the world and some by the devil, but there will be giants in the land in which we live. David faced a giant, and as we look at this amazing story, let's learn from it.

I. THE BATTLEGROUND

Where did this classic struggle take place? You'll notice in verse 2 that it was in the valley of Elah, which is about fifteen miles west of Bethlehem. The valley is about one mile wide, with a ravine ten or fifteen feet deep that runs down the middle of it, caused by run-off from streams during heavy rains. If you were to go there today, you can still see the valley of Elah. The name was taken from a bush that grows there which produces a kind of oil.

There in the valley of Elah two a ...

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