by Steve Jones

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Facing the Giants Part 1 (4 of 7)
Series: A Capital Campaign Series
Steve Jones
I Samuel 17:1-52

Intro: It was an outstanding case in a small Western mining town. Joe was brought in on an assault charge. The state presented the weapons he used: a huge telegraph pole, a dagger, a pair of shears, a saw, a gun, and a Civil War saber. Counsel for the defense produced the weapons used by the alleged victim to defend himself; a scythe, a hoe, an ax, a shovel, and a pair of tongs. After deliberating, the 12 men of the jury filed in a lowly and the foreman read the verdict: "We the jury would give $500 to have seen that fight."

That's the way I feel about the story of David and Goliath – I would like to have a time machine and go back to see this amazing event that has actually brought a figure of speech into the English language representing any mismatched contest.

Giants can hide many things behind their backs. In the time of David the practice of one man representing an army was not uncommon. They did that so as to minimize the loss of life. They selected their champion, the best soldier they had in the army, and put him up against the best soldier in the opposing army. Whoever won would submit themselves to a certain period of slavery to the other nation. So as we explore this account of David and Goliath today, let's understand that this giant represented more than himself. He represented a whole army.

Likewise, the giants that you and I face seldom stand alone. The major problems and challenges that we encounter often represent a lot more than the single issue we're facing at the moment. As with David, there is a chain-reaction of consequences stemming form our defeat or victory.

As I've been talking in this introduction we may have already thought of some giants that threaten us. I suppose the closest parallel would be a person that we need to confront or deal with. A "giant" could be series of unfortunate events like what h ...

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