“Comes the Giant…”
“Comes the Giant…”
Saul and Israel had a problem.
They had an enemy - the Philistines…same enemy as today.
Read what happens.
The enemy is on a mountain on one side of the valley.
Israel in on a mountain on the other side.
They both awaited the other.
Until the Giant comes…
Now the Philistines gathered their armies for battle; and they were gathered at Socoh which belongs to Judah, and they camped between Socoh and Azekah, in Ephes-dammim.
Saul and the men of Israel were gathered and camped in the valley of Elah,
and drew up in battle array to encounter the Philistines.
The Philistines stood on the mountain on one side while Israel stood on the mountain on the other side, with the valley between them.
Then a champion came out from the armies of the Philistines named Goliath, from Gath,
whose height was six cubits and a span.
He had a bronze helmet on his head,
and he was clothed with scale-armor which weighed five thousand shekels of bronze.
He also had bronze greaves on his legs and a bronze javelin slung between his shoulders.
The shaft of his spear was like a weaver’s beam, and the head of his spear weighed six hundred shekels of iron; his shield-carrier also walked before him.
He stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel and said to them,
“Why do you come out to draw up in battle array?
Am I not the Philistine and you servants of Saul?
Choose a man for yourselves and let him come down to me.
“If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will become your servants;
but if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall become our servants and serve us.”
Much detail is given in describing Goliath.
He was large, but he was a runt compared to other Anak, Anakim, Rephaim, etc. that we see in the Bible. Biblical accounts of “giants” range in the 30-50 foot range. Reliable historical accounts tell of giant 90 feet tall…seriously.
Goliath was fearsome…
- In size…9 feet plus…
- In attitude
- In array
- In contenance
Goliath actually had a good idea.
Rather than the nations fighting and decimating one another, why not just two great warriors.
The victor and his nation would gain the spoil.
Such should occur today!
It has been said that there would be much less war if the old men that start the wars had to go fight them.
The “giants” in our lives will look similar…
Look not upon the natural…that which you see.
Look to the Lord…trust in Him.