by Steve Jones

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David, Real Giants (3 of 32)
Series: David - Keeping It Real
Steve Jones
I Samuel 17

Introduction: 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.

What are some of the 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 happened to Job when he lost his health, wealth and family in the space of a few days. A “giant” could be a severe temptation of Satan as when Satan confronted Jesus in the wilderness. Paul writes in Ephesians for Christians to prepare themselves for when the “day of evil” comes. A “giant” can be a financial challenge or a job setback. The lessons we’re going to draw from David and Goliath are applicable to all of these scenarios and will help us face our giants today and in the future.

As we note three characteristics of a giant-killer, let’s go kick some giant butt!
I Samuel 17:11 “On hearing the Philistine's words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.”
I Samuel 17:15 “But David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father's sheep at Bethlehem.”
David went back and forth between tending the flock and playing the harp for Ki ...

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