So I was in church yesterday listening to a sermon on the famous battle between David and Goliath and thought I would offer up a few of my thoughts on the message.
This story is a HUGE example of the rewards of a faithful follower of Christ.
1. David was a nobody at this point.
- Probably a teenager, very very young
- A simple shepard boy
2. Goliath was enormous
- Over 9ft tall
- He had been fighting grown men since his youth
3. Goliath had been mocking the Israelite army for 40 days by the time that David showed up.
4. David was seething with righteous anger that none of his country men had fought him yet.
- Saul scoffed at David initially when he approached him to fight goliath
- sault told David that he couldn't go fight goliath as he was just a youth
5. David's faith in God never waivered
- He pressed his case with Saul until Saul relented
- He told Saul how God had enabled him to kill a bear and a lion with his bare hands
6. David approached Goliath with nothing more than his staff, a sling and 5 stones
- After telling Goliath that God will deliver him into his hands, David RUNS to meet him.
7. David kills this enormous warrior with a single stone from his pouch and sends the entire philistine army in retreat.
The key phrase that I was drawn to in this message was in the threat that David gave to Goliath.
46"This day the LORD will deliver you up into my hands, and I will strike you down and remove your head from you. And I will give the dead bodies of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the sky and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
This moment of faith was so huge that it is one of the most famous stories in the bible and we are talking and marveling over it thousands of years later.
Think about it. Here is this nobody kid. No one knows who he is, what he does, nothing. He is coming to battle, merely as a messenger boy. He shows up having never fought a battle in his life and manages to kill the enemies champion with a ROCK. He ran to battle with nothing more than his faith in God and because of that faith, he changed the course of history.
Because of what he did, he eventually becomes a leader in Saul's army, then King of Israel. He leads his people in worship of the one true God and because of his continued faith, God gives him a lineage that eventually results in the birth of Jesus Christ.