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Transformed – Part 7
1 The Philistines got ready for war and brought their troops together to attack the town of Socoh in Judah. They set up camp at Ephes-Dammim, between Socoh and Azekah. 2 King Saul and the Israelite army set up camp on a hill overlooking Elah Valley, and they got ready to fight the Philistine army that was on a hill on the other side of the valley.
4 The Philistine army had a hero named Goliath who was from the town of Gath and was over nine feet tall. 5 He wore a bronze helmet and had bronze armor to protect his chest and legs. The chest armor alone weighed about one hundred twenty-five pounds. He carried a bronze sword strapped on his back, 7 and his spear was so big that the iron spearhead alone weighed more than fifteen pounds. A soldier always walked in front of Goliath to carry his shield.
8 Goliath went out and shouted to the army of Israel: Why are you lining up for battle? I'm the best soldier in our army, and all of you are in Saul's army. Choose your best soldier to come out and fight me! 9 If he can kill me, our people will be your slaves. But if I kill him, your people will be our slaves. 10 Here and now I challenge Israel's whole army! Choose someone to fight me! 11 Saul and his men heard what Goliath said, but they were so frightened of Goliath that they couldn't do a thing.
1 Samuel 17:1-11
I. LESSONS FROM DAVID FACING GOLIATH
II. THE OTHER ‘GIANTS’ DAVID HAD TO FACE
1. DELAY: _______________________________________________________
“Now David was the youngest of Jesse’s eight sons... His three older brothers enlisted in Saul’s army... but David was held back to care for the sheep in Bethlehem.” (vs. 12-15)
2. DISCOURAGEMENT: _______________________________________________________
“Each day Goliath would stand and shout at the ranks of Israel’s army, ‘Why do you come out here and line up for battle?... Choose one man to fight me. If he’s able to kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I kill him, you’ll become our subjects and serve us.’ Day after day Goliath taunted them saying ‘This day I defy the ranks of Israel!’ When Saul and the Israelites heard this, everyone was deeply shaken and paralyzed with fear.” (vs. 8-11)
“For forty days, twice a day, morning and evening, the Philistine giant loudly berated the Israelite army.” (vs. 16)
“As David talked with his brothers on the front line, he saw Goliath start shouting his usual threats to Israel’s army. When the army heard Goliath, they all ran away in terror.” (vs. 23-24)
3. DISAPPROVAL: _______________________________________________________
“David asked, ‘What’s the reward for killing this Philistine
and ending this disgraceful abuse?’... When David’s older brother heard this he burned with anger at David and said ‘Why are YOU even here anyway? Why aren’t you taking care of your scrawny little flock of sheep? You cocky little brat. I know how conceited you are!’ ‘Now what have I done?’ said David. ‘Can't I even
ask a question?’" (vs. 28-29)
4. DOUBT: _______________________________________________________
“‘Don't worry about a thing,’ David told the King, ‘I'll fight this Philistine!’ ‘Don't be ridiculous!’ Saul replied. ‘There’s no way YOU can go against this Philistine! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a professional warrior all his life!’” (vs. 32-33)
HOW TO DEFEAT GIANTS
“In protecting my sheep, I’ve killed both a lion and a bear... The Lord who delivered me from the teeth of that lion, and the claws of that bear, will surely now deliver me from this Philistine too!” (vs. 36-37)
“Then Saul dressed David in his own armor... But David said, ‘I cannot go out in these, because I’m not used to them.’ So he took them off... Instead he chose 5 smooth stones for his sling.”
“ ... When others were speaking against him, David
encouraged himself in the Lord.” 1 Samuel 30:6
“David shouted to Goliath ‘You come at me with sword,
spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord Almighty!...Today the Lord will conquer you... and the whole world will know that there is a God! And everyone will know that the Lord doesn’t need weapons to rescue his people. It is his battle, not ours. The Lord will give you to us!’”
Posted on Fri, February 20, 2015