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Here is my SOAP for today, Sunday, April 15, 2018
1 Samuel 17 David and Goliath
11 “On hearing the Philistine’s [Goliath’s] words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified. 14 David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul… 16 “For forty days the Philistine came forward every morning and evening and took his stand.”
26 “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God? 28 When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”
32 “David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him. 34 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 “Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.” 38 Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. 39 David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. “I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. 40 Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.”
41 “Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. 42 He looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him. 43 He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!”
45 “David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. 49 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground. 50 So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him. 51 David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword.”
54 “David took the Philistine’s head and brought it to Jerusalem; he put the Philistine’s weapons in his own tent.”
Psalm 9:9 a Psalm of David, “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. 10 Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.”
Matthew 2:6 “But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler [Jesus] who will shepherd my people Israel.”
The account of David and Goliath is so… classic… Loudmouth Philistine defying the armies (and God) of Israel… Youngest brother, sent by his father to check on his three oldest brothers… oozing with confidence and faith… basically says, “Why doesn’t somebody go out and shut this guy up??”
It’s interesting to me that Saul even allowed David to go fight Goliath… He must have seen something in him convincing him to say yes to David.
It’s also interesting to me that Saul doesn’t seem to remember David, even though David had been in Saul’s service, playing his harp before Saul…
And… David was still carrying around Goliath’s head? That’s so barbaric… he kept Goliath’s weapons (and head?) in his tent?
I love that David leaned on not only his experience of having killing lions (and tigers) and bears (oh, my!) while protecting his father’s sheep, but he saw the situation as Goliath defying his (and the army of Israel’s) God. And it was in God’s name he was going to fight and win.
“This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands,
and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head.”
There is no Goliath in our lives that we cannot defeat!
Thank you Lord that I can always call upon your name when I am facing tough battles in my life…