1 Samuel 17-18

Are you looking to the head crusher?

In 1 Samuel 17-18 we see the rise of young David. These two chapters also include David’s encounter with the Philistine giant, Goliath. Contrary to popular belief, the narrative of David & Goliath is not about us facing & defeating our giants, like many sermons & books would lead us to believe. No, instead, it’s all about God’s holiness.

When Goliath enters the picture he is making a mockery of God and his people. Given his enormous stature, he knows he holds the advantage against anyone who would face him in battle. He felt that he & his people were assured victory. Even the narrative tells us the people of Israel were afraid.

But, when David, who was only checking in on his brothers, hears of this nonsense he has a response opposite the rest of Israel. He is appalled by this mockery of his God and is ready to take on this giant. He knew the God he and his people served, and knew that God was not to be mocked; so, he stood up for his name. In response, God gave him the victory in battle, becoming the original head crusher.

As I read this narrative, I cannot help but think about the present day. The name of God & his church is under constant attack, even from within. What are we going to do about that? Are we willing to stand up for God, his church, and his truth?

Finally, I want you to consider the greater David, Jesus Christ, who crushed sin & death, just like David did to Goliath. Goliath is a picture of sin, and David a picture of Christ. Jesus too is a head crusher, crushing the head of the serpent. That’s the gospel!

How do David & Christ’s victories strengthen your faith?

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