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1 Sam 17

posted Jun 7, 2012, 9:42 AM by David Gerhart   [ updated Jun 7, 2012, 1:39 PM ]
David & Goliath  ... Faith, who we fight for and what happens.

Goliath assailed Israel 40 days (fourty is a biblical number of testing, proving, trial) -- And the result was that the King and his army were paralyzed. Fear of consequences (death, defamation, defeat...) keeps all of us down sometimes.  The whole of the people's defense was demoralized and depressed and utterly hopeless.   Fatalistic to the point of "why not let the boy go die."   The inference is of failed faith.

David on the other hand, heard Goliath blaspheme the Name of God and was outraged.

“What will be done (to) the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” 1 Sam. 17:26.

David was NOT interested in reward.  His point is, no harm will come to the one who defends God's Name.

Rabbit trail:   David was the 8th son of Jesse (see the note here on this number).  

David was "well advanced in years", meaning a young adult.  His labor was divided between his Father's sheep and delivering supplies to his brothers in His King's army.  He wasn't looking for a fight.  It came to him in the course of doing his duty.

Saul, Gods anointed king, the tall and handsome man the people asked for -- knew enough to recognize the difference between what his men were saying and David's assertion, and so, sent for him.  The exchange goes as expected " you can't, yes I can!"  

But David had already faced giants. Not alone, but not with men.  He knew God would prevail.

34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 37 The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”

The rest of the story is remarkably similar "I seized it by it's hair..."   Faith to step forward is based on faith that carried us to where we are.

"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much." Luke 16:10

Lord help me be faithful with what I have!  Possessions as well as knowledge and wisdom, let me use them according to your purpose!