Have you seen this man?

1 Samuel Bible Background

04.15.2019 – Old Testament: 1Sa 17.25–27

To read the Bible in a year, read First Samuel 17–18 on April 15, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

David went to see how his brothers were doing, but when he arrived, Israel and the Philistines were lined up against one another, and a gigantic man, a champion of the Philistines, challenged Israel to provide a champion to fight him. When David saw this, the Bible says:

So the men of Israel said, “Have you seen this man who has come up? Surely he has come up to defy Israel; and it shall be that the man who kills him the king will enrich with great riches, will give him his daughter, and give his father’s house exemption from taxes in Israel.” Then David spoke to the men who stood by him, saying, “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” And the people answered him in this manner, saying, “So shall it be done for the man who kills him.”

– 1 Samuel 17.25–27

Goliath was intimidating! By my calculations, he stood just below ten feet tall! Yet, that did not seem to bother David, because he asked what would be done for the man who killed Goliath. To David, it was not a matter of whether the giant could be defeated, but David was already looking for the prize!

Questions:

  • Why did David know that he would win?
  • How do you face challenges?

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