David ran toward danger when others ran away from it

1 Samuel Bible Background

04.15.2018 – Old Testament: 1Sa 17.20–24

To read the Bible in a year, read First Samuel 17–18 on April 15, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

Jesse sent his son David to a battle that Israel had with the Philistines. David brought food for his three older brothers. However, while there, he learned of a great danger the Israelites faced,

So David rose early in the morning, left the sheep with a keeper, and took the things and went as Jesse had commanded him. And he came to the camp as the army was going out to the fight and shouting for the battle. For Israel and the Philistines had drawn up in battle array, army against army. And David left his supplies in the hand of the supply keeper, ran to the army, and came and greeted his brothers. Then as he talked with them, there was the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, coming up from the armies of the Philistines; and he spoke according to the same words. So David heard them. And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him and were dreadfully afraid (1 Samuel 17.20–24).

The Israelites ran when Goliath challenged them, but as you know, David ran toward Goliath. David just delivered grain and bread to this brothers, and cheese for the captain of his brothers. Yet, when he heard the words of Goliath that day, David showed his true self and the world has never been the same.


  • How do you react to danger?
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