Week 14   Day 3


Goliath and David are a study in contrasts

            complete opposites

            coming together once in a lifetime

Did this situation look ridiculous?

            you bet it did



David showed no fear

           and appeared very foolish

"The battle is the Lord's"

            is what David claimed

The words came out of his mouth

            but did he believe them in his heart?



From David's actions, we must conclude

            he was seeing something different

            than what others saw



David armed himself

with five smooth stones

           a shepherd's bag

           a sling

           many years practice

           and the power of the Lord



We marvel at
             David's courage



as he put himself
            on the line

            in the hands of God.




                                    GOLIATH'S DEMISE
   Five smooth stones, a shepherd's bag, and a sling.
                                           I Samuel 17


    4A champion went out from the camp of the Philistines,
named Goliath from Gath, whose height was six cubits and a
span (over 9 feet tall).  5He had a bronze helmet
and a coat
of armor. 
6He had bronze armor on his legs and a bronze
javelin between
his shoulders.  7The staff of his spear was
like a weaver's beam,
his iron spearhead weighed six hundred
shekels (125 pounds); and a shield-bearer
went before him. 
8Goliath cried out, "Why have you
come out to line up for
battle?   Choose a man for yourselves, and
let him come down
to me.  9 If he is able to kill me,
we will be your servants.  But
if I kill him, you shall
be our servants."  11Saul and all Israel
heard these words, and
they were greatly afraid.

    32David said to Saul, "Let no man's heart fail because of
him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine." 
said to David, "You are not able; you are a youth, and
he is a
man of war."  34But David said, "Your servant used to keep
his father's sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took
lamb, 35 I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the
from its mouth.  36Your servant has killed both lion and
and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, 
he has defied the armies of the living God.  37The
Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the
lion and the bear,
will deliver me from this Philistine." 
said to David, "Go, and the Lord be with you!"   
40David took his staff; he chose five smooth stones
from the
brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag, and his sling
in his hand.  He drew near to the Philistine.  42When Goliath

looked about and saw David, he disdained him; for
he was
only a youth.  43So the Philistine said, "Am  I a dog,
that you
come to me with sticks?  I will give your flesh to the
birds of
the air and the beasts of the field!"             

    45David said, "You come to me with a sword, a spear, and

a javelin.  But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts,

the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.  47The
Lord does not save with sword and spear; the battle
is the
Lord's, and He will give you into our hands."

    48When Goliath arose and came near, David hurried and
ran to meet him.  49David took out a stone;
slung it and struck
the Philistine in his forehead, so that the
stone sank into his
forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth.  
             This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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