David and Goliath
1 Samuel 17
vs. 3 Philistines one one hill, Israelites on the other (Like Braveheart)
vs. 4 a “Champion” named Goliath came out of the camp (Gladiator) Maximus was one bad dude
9 feet tall – vs. 4
armor weighed 125 pounds – vs. 5
The tip of the spear alone weighed 15 pounds (bat weights 2 pounds)
Vs. 8 – Goliath challenges whole army
Vs. 11 – Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified
Vs. 16 – for 40 days Goliath came every morning and evening and took his stand
Vs. 17-18 – David is the equivalent of the water boy – his dad tells him to take grain, bread and cheese to his brothers
Vs. 23 – as David talks to his brothers he overhears Goliath issuing his challenge
Vs. 24 – Israelites saw Goliath and “ran from him in great fear”
Vs. 26 – David does a little trash talking of his own…”Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
Vs. 28 – David’s oldest brother is angry with David for trash talking
Vs. 31 – David’s trash talking is overheard and reported to Saul who tells him he can’t fight Goliath
Vs. 34 – David reads his resume – this guy was a Crocodile Hunter
Vs. 37 – David recognizes the fact that he alone couldn’t have killed bear and lion – only with God’s protection
Vs. 37 – Saul says “good luck”
Vs. 38 – armor is put on David who throws it off immediately
Vs. 40 – he took a staff and went to the stream and gathered five smooth stones and went to approach Goliath
Vs. 42-44 Goliath laughs at David
Vs. 45-47 – David’s War Speech - AWESOME
Vs. 48 – David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him
Vs. 49 – the stone sank into his forehead
Vs. 51- David ran and stood over him and cut his head off
Vs. 51-52 Philistines ran and were killed as they fled
David took five stones. Why?
Self-doubt, knew he wasn’t perfect
How do people defy and dishonor God publicly today? What should we do in response?
Lord’s name in vain, etc.
Where did David’s confidence in the Lord’s power come from?
– Lions, bears
What have you seen God do in the past that gives you confidence He can defeat Goliaths in your life?
Does God still allow his people to conquer Goliath-sized problems today? If so, how? Examples.
What are Goliath-sized problems facing Christians and the Church today?
Segregation of churches
Government cracking down on religion
Who is qualified to be “David” in these situations? What qualifications do they need?
Don’t be like Eliab. Christians should never discourage other Christians’ faith or ideas.
Faith is CONTAGIOUS.
Outward confidence is not a sin. It may be laughed at, but is only reflective of our faith.
God will use whoever believes in HIM. Never underestimate waterboys – 1 Samuel 16:7
Sometimes God will use one soldier to create a victory for the whole army.
Ephesians 3:20-21, Philippians 4:13