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Digging Deeper into David and Goliath
Transcript of Digging Deeper into David and Goliath
As you look more in-depth into the story, you realize how much of the underdog David is in his fight with Goliath. Goliath has height, strength, and training where as David is at a disadvantage in all those areas. Goliath, however, is trained in face-to-face combat. David is skilled with his slingshot, which he can use from a distance. This means he does not have to get into Goliath's range in order to attack. The most important thing that David has, though, is God on his side. And because of this, we see David conquer Goliath with a slingshot and a stone. He cuts off the Giant's head, which sends the Philistines into a chaotic retreat that turns massacre.
What Happens Next
The Philistines are massacred
Saul keeps David
Sends him into other battles
David was successful in battle
The Israelites celebrated
David becomes beloved in Judah
Saul becomes jealous and fears David
Saul tries to kill David
What I Have Concluded
I personally believe that the story of David and Goliath was God's way of revealing David as the next King to Saul and to the people. I think it was a story showing the power that David was given by being anointed in and filled with the Holy Spirit. And in turn, Saul reacts in ways such as attempted murder of David. But because God is with him, he is safe.
Who is David?
Son of Jesse
Anointed by Samuel as the next King, replacing Saul
Who is Goliath?
Philistine from Gath
Approx. 9 feet 4 inches tall
1 Samuel 17:4 NCV
1 Samuel 17:45-47 NCV
But David said to [Goliath], " You come to me using a sword and two spears. But I come to you in the name of the LORD All-Powerful, the God of the armies of Israel! You have spoken against him. Today the LORD will hand you over to me, and I'll kill you and cut off your head. Today I'll feed the bodies of the Philistine soldiers to the birds of the air and the wild animals. Then all the world will know there is a God in Israel! Everyone gathered here will know the LORD does not need swords or spears to save people. The battle belongs to him, and he will hand you over to us."
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New Century Version Bible
Discussion in Old Testament Class
I believe that this is when God reveals to Saul that David is to be the next King, and since Saul doesn't want to lose his power, he reacts to it by trying to murder David.